5. Support

 

KEY CORE VALUE

COR Congregations are committed to supporting youth and young adults with their life challenges.


COR VALUE SUMMARY

COR congregations provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for people to deal with life’s stresses and their deepest questions. We also acknowledge that meeting people’s material needs is a highly spiritual act.
 

BIBLE TEXT

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

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ELLEN G. WHITE QUOTE

Many have fainted and become discouraged in the great struggle of life, whom one word of kindly cheer and courage would have strengthened to overcome. Never, never become heartless, cold, unsympathetic, and censorious. Never lose an opportunity to say a word to encourage and inspire hope. We cannot tell how far-reaching may be our tender words of kindness, our Christlike efforts to lighten some burden."  Counsels for the Church, p. 255.

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL QUOTES

"The more adult leaders who are investing in a teens’s life, the more likely that teen is to stay in church. The more adults who are involved in a teen’s life, the lower the dropout rate." Thom S. Rainer and Sam S. Rainer III in Essential Church: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts, p. 124.

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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?

 

VISUAL MEDIA
 

     Videos

 

     Presentations

  • Presentation (PPT) or (KEY)

 

 

     Online Training

  • under development

 

 

PRINT MATERIALS

     Articles

 

     Books

  • Cummings, Des and Reed, Monica. (2011). CREATION Health Discovery. Your Path to a Healthy 100. Orlando, FL: Florida Hospital Publishing. (SDA).
  • Youth Ministries Department of the General Conference of SDA. (2013). Senior Youth Ministry Handbook. p. 76-93. (Common Problems of Senior Youth, How to Help the Senior Youth, Counseling Senior Youth).
  • Benz, Jonathan and Robb-Dover, Kristina. (2016). The Recovery-Minded Church. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
    • Here are suggestions to include on your referral checklist:
  • Twelve-step groups with personal contacts for each of these groups.
  • Clergy and churches in your area with thriving support-group ministries and recovery expertise (if your church does not have these),
  • Physicians and psychiatrists with addiction and dual-diagnosis specialties,
  • Hospital facilities and detox centers providing services to alcoholics and addicts,
  • Outpatient and inpatient treatment programs with good reputations,
  • Halfway houses and other follow-up programs for addicts coming out of treatment programs,
  • Mental health professionals with addiction expertise, as well as therapists trained in stress management,
  • Treatment programs for homeless addicts, such as the Salvation Army. (p. 31).

 

For more resources, visit the ResourcesHow to and Questions for Reflection sections or download COR Value #5 Support Guide