Update February 12, 2009 – Debtor Cornerstone and the Creditors Committee have filed a Joint Plan of Reorganization and a Joint Disclosure Statement.

Update Dec. 12, 2008 – Bankruptcy Court to appoint Examiner.

Cornerstone Ministries Investments, Inc. (google finance) filed a Chapter 11 Petition in the Northern District of Georgia on February 10, 2008, Case No. 08-20355.  From the organization’s website —

Cornerstone was founded in 1985 to finance church growth and building programs. Often, church plants and start-ups cannot secure financing from conventional sources. That’s where Cornerstone helps. Since our founding, we have financed more than 170 churches and assisted hundreds of others with advice and counsel. In that time, none of the churches we have financed have experienced bankruptcy.

We provide short-term (1-3 years) funding so that the churches can get established and begin to grow in their own facilities. It has been shown that churches grow 15-20% faster in the right facilities.

The filing reflects total assets of $159 million, and liabilities of about $154 million, as of September 2007. The largest unsecured creditor is Trinity Trust Company, of Reno, NV, with a claim of $141 million.  CEDE & Co., of New York, a company that often holds stock for other companies, is listed as holding  debt of over $4 million. Other creditors (over 3,000) are listed here.

Update March 17, 2008 –  The debtor has filed the following documents –



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