Church Starting: Cornerstone Nederland

Nederland, TX

In 2016, Ryan and Arin Thompson felt a burden for reaching their friends and family with the Gospel in their hometown of Nederland, Texas. The Thompsons opened their home and began a community group in their living room.

“We started a Gospel-centered community living on mission for Jesus, and seeing the fruit of that work became the catalyst for a new church start,” said Ryan. “We set out with this vision given to us by the Lord to start a church and partner with other great local churches in our city to seek and to save the lost, to see disciples matured into Christ-likeness, and to see our community transformed by the power of the Gospel.”

After months of meeting in their home, Ryan went through Texas Baptists Church Planting Center training and began laying the groundwork for Cornerstone Church. Two years later, more than 100 people meet each week in community groups to learn the essentials of discipleship, evangelism and growing in their faith.

Our church’s gifts through the Cooperative Program help fund Church Planting Centers around the state, which train church planters to reach new areas and people groups in Texas with the Gospel. Let’s pray for Ryan Thompson, his family and Cornerstone Church as they continue to reach the lost in their community.

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