Cornerstone Curriculum and Resources

Thank you for engaging in Circuit Ministry in Iowa, whether you are co-leading a circuit or taking these concepts to the local church.  It is hoped that Circuit Ministry along with the tools, concepts, and patterns described in this guidebook will provide the tools to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”   

The primary intent of this Circuit Cornerstone Curriculum is to provide guidance to each circuit in the Iowa Conference as each forms a solid foundation in its first year, focusing this material on the participants in the Circuit Meeting while expecting each church to adopt the pieces that fit its context.

The concepts in this guidebook are the intellectual property of Spiritual Leadership, Inc., except as noted otherwise, and are to be used in agreement with the Iowa Annual Conference within the conference’s communities of faith and other ministries.

Copyright © 2016-2020 Spiritual Leadership, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

* Note that all Cornerstones and Resources are updated, as of September 21, 2021.

Circuit Cornerstone Guidebook

Divided Out Circuit Cornerstone Guidebook

A. Painting the Picture of Circuits
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B. Introduction to Circuit Ministry
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C. Abbreviations and Terms
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D. Overview of Cornerstone Curriculum
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E. Cornerstones

  1. Circuit Cornerstone 1:  Community
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  2. Circuit Cornerstone 2:  Covenant
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  3. Circuit Cornerstone 3:  Healthy Accountability
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  4. Circuit Cornerstone 4:  Missional Accountability
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  5. Circuit Cornerstone 5:  Context
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  6. Circuit Cornerstone 6:  Vision
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  7. Circuit Cornerstone 7:  Systems and Strategies
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  8. Circuit Cornerstone 8:  Putting It All Together
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  9. Appendix
    1. Resources by Cornerstone
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    2. Resources in Alphabetical Order
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      1. 3 Accountabilities of Spiritual Leadership
      2. 3 Practices of Spiritual Leadership video
      3. 3 Principles of Spiritual Leadership vide
      4. 6 Processes of Spiritual Leadership
      5. Anatomy of Peace study guide
      6. Blank Circuit Agenda
      7. Blank Ministry Action Plan form
      8. Circuit Covenant Intro video
      9. Circuit Meeting Monthly Communication Record
      10. Context Video
      11. Context Worksheet
      12. Core Values Video
      13. Core Values Worksheet
      14. Example Local Church MAP document
      15. Intro to Circuit Ministry video
      16. Introduction to Circuit Ministry section of the Guidebook
      17. Intro to Covenant for Circuits slides used in video
      18. L3 Reading List
      19. Ministry Action Planning video
      20. Mission Insight Registration Information
      21. Missional Accountability Video
      22. Missional Accountability Worksheet 
      23. Painting the Picture of Circuits
      24. Sample Covenant 1
      25. Sample Covenant 2
      26. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 1 - Overview
      27. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 2 - Creating Alignment
      28. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 3 – Mission
      29. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 4 – Vision
      30. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 5 – Values
      31. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 6 – Context
      32. SLI Ministry Action Planning video 7 – Systems and Strategies
      33. Spiritual Leadership Fundamentals video
      34. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership summary
      35. Systems and Strategies video
      36. Systems and Strategies worksheet
      37. Tips for Working with Me sheet
      38. Vision video
      39. Vision worksheet
      40. Vocational Accountability video

If you would like more information about Circuit Ministry for the Iowa Conference, please contact your district superintendent or Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence ( or 515-974-8931).