KEY CORE VALUE
COR congregrations are committed to discipleship through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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)
- 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 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 servicesdeveloped as desired/needed?
- 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.”
- Presentation (PPT) or (KEY)
- under development
- 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