COR congregations develop leaders by involving individuals with leadership potential in ministry and administration. The pastoral staff mentor and encourage young leaders and involve them in ministry planning and implementation.

Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.​​ 1 Timothy 4:11-14 MSG

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“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world!” Education, p. 271.

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“There is no greater investment in the future of the church than by identifying, encouraging, and providing training for the young leaders in our midst.”  Robert Lewis and Rob Wilkins in The Church of Irresistible Influence, p. 179.

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SURVEY (evaluate where you are so you know where you want to go)

  1. Is your church committed to providing their senior youth and young adults leadership opportunities?
  2. What was your first local church leadership opportunity, and how old were you when you were given this opportunity?
  3. What are the top three ways your church involves senior youth in leadership opportunities?
  4. What are the top three ways your church involves young adults in leadership opportunities?
  5. Has your church invited any senior youth or young adults to a major leadership role, such as a church board member, an elder, or a deacon?







  • Working together. Grace Communion International
  • Having considered some ways to meet the needs of youths, let us now consider how we can work together to see that these things are happening more consistently and intentionally in our congregations. I recommend the following strategies:
  • Rainer, Thom S. and Geiger, Eric. (2006). Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.
  • Simple church leaders are strategic with their programming. They are abhor the concept of doing programs because of tradition or the need to have something on the calendar. They view programs as tools to place people in the pathway of God’s morphing.

For more resources, visit the How to and Questions for Reflection sections or download COR Value #7 Leadership Guide