Cornerstone University Partners With CityFest Campaign to Bring Good News to West Michigan
by Jaleesa Stanford
Cornerstone University has long boasted a commitment to building lives that matter—lives that influence the world for Jesus Christ by bringing the gospel to bear in their lives and communities.
As such, the recent partnership between Cornerstone and CityFest, an initiative of the Luis Palau Association, has seemingly been a match made in heaven.
Since its inception in 2008, Luis Palau festivals have sought to "facilitate sustained Gospel Movement led by local churches and cultural leaders with a vision to continue in unity and to see cities transformed through the powerful message of Jesus Christ."
Operating via initiatives focused on city leaders, cultural leaders and church leaders, CityFest unites voices and efforts through the transformational message of Jesus to see that transformation in our cities.
Hundreds of West Michigan nonprofits and churches including Cornerstone have agreed to partner with CityFest in the area of prayer; prayers, as called for by CityFest prayer teams, for God to move in great power in our region, to bless all the components of CityFest and to pray for friends and family that they might be ushered into the kingdom of God.
CityFest has also been holding regional prayer trainings and gatherings in order to pray for neighborhoods, communities and the entire region. Prayer trainings have served to unite the community of Christ in West Michigan across denominational, racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines.
All of these initiatives come together on the weekend of Sept. 8 and 9 when a massive festival will be held at Grand Rapids' Ah-Nab-Awen Park. The event will include performances by the Afters, Danny Gokey, LeCrae, Mac Powell, Mandisa, Toby Mac and more.
Other festival components include family activities like inflatables, face painting, field games, ventriloquists and even opportunities to witness BMX, free-style motocross and skateboarding professional athletes demonstrate their gifts and talents.
The event will climax with speakers Luis and Andrew Palau who will proclaim the gospel to festival attendants. Prayer and pastoral teams will be available to receive those who are moved by the message as we continue to pray for an abundant harvest for the kingdom of God.
Joe Stowell, president of Cornerstone and co-chair of CityFest, believes that the festival will "bring to West Michigan an outstanding opportunity to present the good news of Jesus to an increasingly dark world that needs the light of the gospel. We at Cornerstone are delighted to partner with an event so close to our mission and calling. Our prayer is that the event will unleash the saving grace of Christ, refresh languishing souls and revive the church. And our prayer as well is that after the September events have ended we will keep the flame burning by working together across denominational and ethnic lines to continue to advance the work of the kingdom!"
For more information or to get involved, visit cityfestwestmichigan.org.