COR VALUE SUMMARY
COR congregations foster a deep experience with our Creator by helping young members grow in their relationship with Jesus and by training them to live for others as Jesus did. Leaders model authentic spirituality and members are led to grow in the Spirit as they follow Jesus. Members spend quiet time alone with God. In-home groups foster faith and community. Ministry opportunities match members’ spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, and maturity.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
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ELLEN G. WHITE QUOTE
A true disciple of Christ will seek to imitate the Pattern. His love will lead to perfect obedience. He will study to do the will of God on earth, as it is done in Heaven. The Faith I Live By, p. 19.
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Discipleship requires real teaching and real learning. It requires conversation, modeling, encouragement, debriefing, and practice, all of which need to happen in the context of relationship. Without relationship between believers , there is no model to follow, no authenticity, no accountability, no application, and no support for the journey. These things come through personal contact. And because that relational context for learning is lacking, life change is rarer than it should be among Christians today. Jim Putman in Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches that Make Disciples, p. 22-23.
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SURVEY (evaluate where you are so you know where you want to go)
- Is your church committed to the discipleship of their senior youth and young adults?
- Who discipled, coached, or mentored you in your walk with God when you were a senior youth or young adult?
- How does your church disciple you right now in your walk with God?
- How does your church know the discipleship needs of your senior youth?
- How does your church know the discipleship needs of your young adults?
- What are the top three ways your church disciples your senior youth and young adults right now?
- Will You Be That Someone
- Evangelism Inspiration
- Every kid needs a champion, Rita Pierson (TED Talk). “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
- 6 Ways to Start Mentoring in 2018
- COR Position Paper p. 9-10 (SDA)
- The Ups and Downs of Ministry
- Why Young Adults Need Mentors
- The State of Discipleship
- Waggoner, Brad J. (2008). The Shape of Faith to Come: Spiritual Formation and The Future of Discipleship. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group: A comprehensive strategy for disciplemaking should include: preaching, discipleship classes, small groups men’s ministry, women’s ministry, parenting classes, etc., and the following:
- Serve as a Role Model
- Practice Personal Disciple Making
- Disciple from the Pulpit
- Commit to a Small Group Strategy
- Develop a Strategy for Involvement and Service
- Equip the Laity to Feed Themselves
- Push Against Arrogance
- Guard Against the Juxtaposition of Evangelism and Discipleship
- Robert & Deborah Bruce, “Becoming Spiritual Soulmates With Your Child”, 1996