4. Community



COR congregations are committed to building a caring and friendly community.


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

Click here to read more Bible texts about community.



“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.

Click here to read more of what Ellen White said about community.


"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. 

Click here to read more non-denominational quotes about community.


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?






  • Presentation (PPT) or (KEY)


     Online Training

  • under development









For more resources, visit the ResourcesHow to and Questions for Reflection sections or download COR Value #4 Community Guide