Cornerstone School of Theology (CST) is an equipping ministry of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa. CST combines the vitality and experience of a thriving church with the academic rigors of accredited theological training. Our passion is to see God’s church strengthen and multiply – whether in central Iowa or to nations a hemisphere away.


Since 2010, CST has partnered with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) in Kansas City, Missouri, to provide students the opportunity to earn an accredited Master’s in Theological Studies (MTS) degree in just 2 years.  CST courses cover a broad range of content from Systematic Theology and Evangelism to Old & New Testament study, Church History, and more. Whether taken at credit or audit level, these courses equip students for life and ministry and empower them to live out their faith.

Interested in Volunteer Ministry?

Get involved with CST and grow in your ability to lead small groups and Bible Studies for young people, college students, and adults. CST could also provide a pathway to becoming a deacon or elder or even a community member of future Cornerstone church planting teams. Consider taking CST classes at the Audit or CORE level if you are not interested in an accredited degree.

Interested in Vocational Ministry?

The CST experience and the MTS degree can be used to launch students into a few distinct paths in vocational ministry.

Regional Church Planting
Cornerstone is active in planting churches regionally, and one purpose of CST is to be a training center for prospective church planters. CST students are often identified those who will be sent out to plant future churches.

Regional Church Leadership
Beyond church planters, Salt Network churches will also be looking to CST to develop future leadership positions in youth ministry, family ministry, college ministry, worship arts, technical arts, and more.

International Church Planting
Cornerstone families are beginning to form teams that will soon be heading overseas to plant churches in other countries. Participation in CST courses will be a key requirement as Cornerstone continues sending mature believers to spread the gospel around the world.

Master’s in Divinity Programs
The MTS degree fits seamlessly into the MBTS Master’s in Divinity programs. With concentrations in areas such as Counseling and Christian Education, the MDiv provides a gateway into many different occupations.


Disclosures and Policies


Cornerstone School of Theology functions as an extension campus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. MBTS is registered with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. Student questions or complaints can be sent to the Commission by submitting a form here: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/sdrf-start.


  • 100% Refund when course is dropped prior to the course start date

  • 75% Refund when course is dropped during the first week of the class

  • 50% Refund when course is dropped during the second week of the class

  • 0% Refund when course is dropped after the end of the second week after the course start date

Students may withdraw from courses at any time, but are responsible for contacting the administration as soon as possible. Additionally, Credit students will need to submit a “Course Change” form to MBTS. Refunds will be handled based upon the first recorded notification of a decision to drop.

Iowa National Guard Tuition Refund Policy


In compliance with ICA 261.9(1)(g), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College (1) Adopts a policy to offer not less than the following options to a student who is a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa national guard or reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to national guard duty or federal active duty: (a) Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. (b) Make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full. (c) Make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded. (2) As used in this lettered paragraph, “dependent child” means the same as defined in section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a).


This policy applies only to Iowa National Guard members pursing educations at extension sites that Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern College maintain in the state of Iowa.


Section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a) of the Iowa Code defines “Dependent child” as: “a student who was claimed by a qualified military person or qualified veteran as a dependent on the qualified military person’s or qualified veteran’s internal revenue service tax filing for the previous tax year.”

Midwestern Child Abuse Policy


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College does not tolerate child abuse. Suspected perpetrators of child abuse, including Seminary employees, volunteers, or students, may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. Employees, volunteers, or students who engage in child abuse in the workplace, or who use Seminary facilities, property, or resources to engage in child abuse are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from employment, engagement, or from educational programs.

All Seminary employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services.


This policy applies to all employees and volunteers of Midwestern.


The following definitions apply to the terms used in this policy:

Child or children means any person or persons under the age of eighteen years of age.

Child abuse includes:

• Abuse or neglect means sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or injury of a child by any person under circumstances which cause harm to the child’s health, welfare, or safety, or the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for or providing care to the child. The physical discipline of a child is not considered to fall within the reporting obligation when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent, teacher, child care worker or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. Any use of force on a child by any other person is unlawful unless it is reasonable and moderate and is authorized in advance by the child’s parent or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child.

• Negligent treatment or maltreatment means an act or a failure to act, or the cumulative effects of a pattern of conduct, behavior, or inaction that evidences a serious disregard of consequences of such magnitude as to constitute a clear and present danger to a child’s health, welfare, or safety.

• Sexual exploitation includes:

◦ Allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution by any person; or

◦ Allowing, permitting, encouraging, or engaging in the obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting of a child by any person.

Child Abuse Reporting Process

A. How to Make a Report: Seminary employees and volunteers must orally report suspected child abuse or neglect by telephone or otherwise at the first opportunity, but no later than 24 hours after suspecting abuse has taken place. There are three alternative ways to make such a report:

1. Call the Midwestern Security Department at 816-414-3836. If the incident is outside of Midwestern’s jurisdiction, Midwestern Security will report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency; or

2. Call the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) at 816-929-7100 or

3. Call the Kansas City Police Department having jurisdiction in the location of the suspected incident at 816-413-3400.

For suspected child abuse that occurs in a Seminary program or at a Seminary facility regardless of its location, Seminary employees and volunteers must also notify their supervisor or departmental administrator of the suspected abuse immediately after they report the suspected abuse to Midwestern Security, DSHS, or Kansas City Police. The supervisor or departmental administrator must notify the administrative head of their organization that a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been made in accordance with this policy. The administrative head or the administrative head’s designee will contact the Midwestern Security to confirm that it has received a report of the suspected abuse and the appropriate Human Resources office to determine what other actions may be warranted.

B. What to Report: The following information may be requested when making a report:

1. The name, address, and age of the child;

2. The name and address of the child’s parents, stepparents, guardians, or other persons having custody of the child;

3. The description of the alleged injury or injuries;

4. The description of the alleged neglect;

5. The description of the alleged sexual abuse;

6. Any evidence of previous injuries, including their nature and extent; and

7. Any other information that may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child’s death, injury, or injuries and the identity of the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators.