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.


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

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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.

Click here to read more on what Ellen White said about support.


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)

  1. Is your church committed to supporting your senior youth and young adults with their life challenges?
  2. What are the top three ways your church helps to support you with your life challenges?
  3. How does your church know what the top five life challenge needs are for their senior youth?
  4. How does your church know what the top five life challenge needs are for their young adults?







  • 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 How to and Questions for Reflection sections or download COR Value #5 Support Guide