COR VALUE SUMMARY
COR congregations incubate healthy, active relationships. A friendly atmosphere is created where people can connect. Steps are taken to ensure that visitors and new members are included in formal and informal social activities.
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Philippians 1:27 NLT
ELLEN G. WHITE QUOTE
“Christian sociability is altogether too little cultivated by God’s people. . . . By social intercourse acquaintances are formed and friendships contracted which result in a unity of heart and an atmosphere of love which is pleasing in the sight of heaven… The warmth of true friendship… is a foretaste of the joys of heaven.” My Life Today, p. 204.
“The future of the church depends on whether it develops true community. We can get by for a while on size, skilled communication and programs to meet every need, but unless we sense that we belong to each other, with masks off, the vibrant church of today will become the powerless church of tomorrow. Stale, irrelevant, a place of pretense where sufferers suffer, alone where pressure generates conformity rather than the Spirit creating life – that’s where the church is headed unless it focuses on community.” Larry Crabb as quoted by Randee Frazee in The Connecting Church: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community, p. 13.
SURVEY (evaluate where you are so you know where you want to go)
- Is your church committed to build community both with, and for, your senior youth and young adults?
- How do you find community at your church?
- What are the top three ways your church builds community with, and for, your senior youth and young adults?
- How do you know what the community needs are for your senior youth?
- How do you know what the community needs are for your young adults?
- Blessing of Bikes
- Unity and Diversity: the church, race and ethnicity
- How To Build Church Community Organically, Without Rigid Structures
- 3 Ways the Church Can Build Better Community
- 5 Secrets for Ordinary People to Build Extraordinary Community
- 6 Ways You Can Create Authentic Community in Your Church
- The Church and Building Community in the Digital Age
- 5 Ways to Connect with Millennials
- 7 Things Church Members Should Say to Guests
- 10 Comments from Happy Church Guests
- 9 Surprises in Worship Services that Made Guests Return
- 7 Situations Where Your Church Should Not Have Greeters
- COR Position Paper p. 14-15 (SDA)
- Bridges, Jerry. (2012). True Community. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
- Vanier, Jean. (1989). Community and Growth. New York: Paulist Press.