Our Program

“There is no trick, no hack, no magic pill, no sudden experience of the Spirit that will make you self-disciplined. The Spirit gives you everything you need, but it will take time and effort, employing the gifts that he has given you. But you must do the work.”

Pastor Bill Smith

Cornerstone Institute is investing in the next generation of Christians by equipping them with robust Christian worldview instruction, vocational preparation and business know-how, and strong godly backbones with a passion to build Kingdom culture in the workplace or anywhere….

Our program is designed to supplement a student’s senior year of high school or a gap-year as they prepare for what’s next after graduating. Cornerstone Institute’s unique educational program aims to help our students mature in their faith and prepare for their future calling. Our students learn to be confident in their faith and competent in their labor.

After completing our program, our students will be better prepared to fulfill their calling faithfully and joyfully. Going to college or the workplace, they will be ready to take dominion wherever the Lord places them so that churches can be strengthened, households built, communities thrive, and the kingdom of Christ advance.

What are we?

The Institute is an intensive and integrated vocational skills training and Christian faith-based worldview discipling program that offers students:

A Robust Christian Worldview

Students develop worldview clarity about what they believe & why.

Quality Vocational Preparation

Students receive job skills training from experienced Christian professionals.

A Godly Backbone

Students are challenged to live godly, disciplined lives, in community to deepen their biblical knowledge, and to mature in their love for Christ & his Kingdom.

The “credentials” you can earn at the Institute are the ones that matter most in the marketplace today (and in God’s economy): vocational competence, Christian worldview integrity, and a godly backbone.

What we are NOT

CWWI is not a college.

We grant no degrees and offer no paper credentials. Instead, we help students build their portfolios of job skills competence with Christian values and Kingdom zeal.

CWWI is not a Bible school.

Sure, we teach the Bible and theology, but our goal is much bigger–to equip you to serve Christ in all your vocations and all of life, by how you work and live.

CWWI is not a trade Program.

We prepare students for life, as much as for the workplace, with Christian integrity.

Who are we?

Cornerstone Work & Worldview Institute is a Christian work-and-worldview community of educators, business professionals, and church leaders committed to equipping students to build Kingdom culture in the workplace. CWWI is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Christian educational, cultural, and vocational ministry of Cornerstone Reformed Church, Carbondale, IL, USA.

Where are we?

Our program is offered face-to-face in Carbondale, Illinois, USA. The majority of classes will meet at the building of Cornerstone Reformed Church. Other student activities will be offered in Carbondale, IL and the surrounding areas. Students that do not currently live in Carbondale, IL will need to find their own housing or request lodging with a host family. 

The mission of Cornerstone Work & Worldview Institute is to build Kingdom culture in the workplace by equipping Christian students with a Trinitarian worldview & vocational competencies.

Why are we doing this?

We established the Cornerstone Institute’s work-and-worldview program to equip the next generation of Christians to build Kingdom culture in the workplace and all of life through their daily lives and faithful labors. We offer a quality, affordable senior year supplement and gap-year program for Christians to pursue preparation and training for their vocational goals in a healthy Christian culture under godly, experienced Christian instructors and mentors.

Christian youth who don’t pursue any kind of Christian higher education make up as much as 80 percent or more of the young people growing up in evangelical, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches today. For them, few options exist to prepare them for what comes next. We want to meet this need. 


What to expect

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Life at the Institute

Each new year of students starts the program in September and end together in June. All classes and activities will take place in Carbondale, IL and surrounding areas. Students will be responsible for finding their own housing or working with the Institute to find a host family.

Classes take place on Monday and Tuesday each week allowing students the opportunity to complete other coursework or get a job. Students should expect to spend several hours a week preparing for their core classes by reading assigned materials so they are able to participate fruitfully during class discussions. Matins (morning prayer service) will be offered daily providing opportunities for students to spend time corporately in prayer. All students takes the same classes and are involved in the same faith formation activities which enables our students to develop lasting friendships.

CORE Classes

These classes are seminar style sessions with the teacher and students discussing the major themes and topics from their required reading. Students learn to think God's thoughts after him as they apply the Scriptures to all of life.

Crash Courses

These courses are short high-level overviews of business and vocational topics which provide the fundamentals so that students are conversant with these subjects to provide added benefit for their future endeavors.

Faith Formation

Students are challenged to live godly, disciplined lives, in community to deepen their biblical knowledge, and to mature in their love for Christ & his Kingdom. They learn to love God with their heart, mind, and strength and their neighbors as themselves.

Weekly Schedule

Annual Calendar

Note: The following calendar is for general planning purposes only. It is subject to change. 

Holidays Celebrated by Cornerstone Institute

  • U.S. Thanksgiving: No classes Thursday & Friday of Thanksgiving week
  • Christmas & New Year’s Day: No classes during the two-week Christmas-New Year Break
  • Holy Week: No classes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Resurrection Sunday, dates variable
  • Ascension Day: No classes, Thursday, date variable (40 days after Easter)
  • U.S. Independence Day: No classes July 4
  • U.S. Labor Day: No classes first Monday of September
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