Cornerstone has a long history in Newcastle dating back to the 1980s. Recent times have seen a growing number of Cornerstone members and alumni living in Newcastle. Many are committed to missional community in their suburbs, and there is also a Cornerstone team primarily focused on the University of Newcastle. So it was fitting that the theme for the Newcastle Mini Muster was 'Community and Growth: Cultivating Christian Community in Urban Environments.'
The Muster kicked off with wood-fired pizzas at the home of a Newcastle grassroots community, The Croatian Club. Les Follent and Mike Sunderland led the assembled audience to consider the intrinsic nature of Christian Community, and discussion groups and a 'Mission and Community Feast of Stories' attempted to tap into the accumulated experience of local missioners. There were a lot of locals in the crowd, along with quite few Cornerstoners from the communities at Dubbo, Canowindra and Coonabarabran.
The Muster was facilitated by the generous lending of meeting spaces by Mayfield Baptist Church, with whom Cornerstone has had a long friendship, and another icon of Newcastle community, Maycare. Those who came along also appreciated the hard work of the Newcastle Cornerstone mob who hosted the weekend, led by Tim Godfrey.