7. Leadership

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Key COR Value:
COR Congregations are committed to senior youth and young adult leadership.

COR Value Summary:
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. 

Bible Text

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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Ellen G. White Quote

“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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Non-denominational Quote

"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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  • Senior youth and young adult leaders are recognized as such by existing church administrators.
  • Senior youth and young adults are in church leadership positions beyond just youth and young adult ministry.
  • Churches provide involvement opportunities for senior youth and young adults.
  • Churches provide training and support for senior youth and young adult leaders.
  • Senior youth and young adults are included in the process of budget and calendar development.


Resource Articles

Why we’re afraid to let young people lead—and how to overcome it

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