SO YOU WANT TO BECOME A CORe CHURCH?

5 STEPS TO GET STARTED

1. CONTACT YOUR NATIONAL YOUTH MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

This is the person who knows what is possible for your church through the CORe framework. You can discuss the personal needs, opportunities, and challenges that your local church faces. Your youth ministries director will be able to advise you specifically for your situation.

2. ORGANISE A CHURCH BOARD MEETING

The best way to get your church on board with CORe, is to have the youth ministries director visit your local church and meet with your church board. Holding a presentation for the entire church is important, but not as the first thing. You do not want to present something to the entire church before board members have discussed the need for it, especially as CORe has to become central to what the church does.

The youth ministries director will send you flyers, booklets, and training manuals so that the board members can prepare for the meeting. After the board meeting, take time to read the material again. Make sure that the entire church board is ready to commit to becoming a Church of Refuge. Please note that this might not necessarily require many new projects or initiatives. It will most likely require a shift in thinking. The CORe framework will serve as a toolbox that can be beneficial in becoming more intentional with your young people.

3. ENGAGE IN PRESENTATION AND DIALOGUE WITH THE CHURCH

Once the board has decided to support the move to become a Church of Refuge, set a date for this to be presented to the church family. Invite the youth ministries director to be part of this day, and involve key local leaders in the presentations. Be sure to create opportunities for dialogue, so that the members can ask questions and raise concerns.

4. IMPLEMENTING THE CORe PRINCIPLES

Implementing the CORe principles is the next important step. Every church is unique and there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’. The best way of moving forward is to set aside time at each church board meeting to discuss a CORe value. There are 12 principles, which means you can go through all the principles and discuss their implementation in a year or two. The training manual is set up so that the devotional moment organically leads to this discussion.

As you discuss each CORe principle, you will be surprised to discover how much you are already doing. In this discussion you will also see the potential you have to implement this value even more. Don’t forget to delegate and take responsibility for how your plans will be implemented. Too many youth initiatives are given to the local youth leader without wider support. 

In implementing these principles, be sure not make the young people of the church your project. They should be involved in this process from the very beginning. As a church implements the twelve principles, it is vital that they communicate clearly about them. In teaching these principles, CORe will clearly communicate to young people what they can expect from a CORe church

5. CHECK IN YEARLY

Once you enter the CORe network of churches and begin working with this framework, you have sent a powerful message to your young people and to your conference/union. You are stating that your church believes in and prioritises young people. In order for there to be accountability, follow-up, and ongoing dialogue between the youth ministries department and your local church, you will be asked to fill out a yearly checklist. This is not an audit. We simply want to ensure that you regularly evaluate what you are doing. It also helps the youth ministries department to regularly evaluate the CORe framework so that it continues to meet the needs of the local churches.