KEY CORE VALUE
COR congregations are committed to providing a meaningful Sabbath experience for senior youth and young adults.
COR VALUE SUMMARY
COR congregations do so by offering time and space for collective study, worship, and socializing. Young leaders actively shape the activities and meetings for this age group.
And I gave them the Sabbath—a day of rest every seventh day—as a symbol between them and me, to remind them that it is I, the Lord, who sanctifies them—that they are truly my people.
Ezekiel 20:12 TLB
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ELLEN G. WHITE QUOTES
“The Sabbath meetings…, unless wisely planned and vitalized by the Spirit of God, may become the most formal, unpleasant, unattractive — and to the youth the most burdensome, of all the school exercises. The religious exercises should be so planned and managed that they will be not only profitable, but so pleasant as to be positively attractive.” Testimony Treasures Vol. 2, p. 440.
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As leaders working with young people from many faiths, we are witnessing the beginnings of a religious renaissance through an embrace of the Sabbath. And for a stressed-out, anxious generation seeking strength and solace, it’s just in time. “Why Young People are Setting Time Aside for Faith,” Washington Post, Oct. 2012.
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SURVEY (evaluate where you are so you know where you want to go)
- Do you know how many senior youth/young adults are members on the church books?
- Do you know how many of your senior youth/young adults are active in your church?
- Is a space available for young adults to meet at a desired time on the Sabbath (Friday night, Saturday morning/afternoon)?
- Is there a second service available if the main service does not meet the needs of this group?
- Are greeters at church friendly and reach out to visitors?
- Are all visitors recognized, welcomed, and invited to return?
- Is retention is analyzed from database numbers?
- Are conversational Bible study groups informative and practical?
- Is the music worshipful and desirable for local young adults?
- Is preaching engaging, biblical, relevant, grace-filled, Christ-centered, and action-oriented?
- Are alternate vespers, Sabbath Schools, Sabbath afternoon activities and worship services developed as desired/needed?
- Devon Franklin - Sabbath in Hollywood (SDA)
- Consumers of Worship vs. Those Who are Consumed for God's Fame
- Where is Your Worship?
- Sabbath Sofa - Outreach Idea (SDA)
- Journey to Bethlehem - live nativity scene (SDA)
- Presentation (PPT) or (KEY)
- under development
- Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life
- 101 Ideas for Better Worship Services (SDA)
- Ways to Involve Children (SDA)
- Passion Play (SDA)
- Designing Worship Spaces with Millennials in Mind
- 7 Things Church Members Should Say to Guests
- 10 Comments from Happy Church Guests
- 9 Surprises in Worship Services that Made Guests Return
- 9 Ways to Use Twitter in Church Services
- 8 Effective Uses of Twitter for Churches
- Five Tips for Meaningful Sabbaths
- Worship Set Ideas
- Why Young People are Setting Time Aside for Faith
- COR Position Paper, p. 7-8 (SDA)
- Fusion: Turning First-time Guests into Full-engaged Members of Your Church
- Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the Culture of Now