Significant numbers of youth and young adults leave the Seventh-day Adventist church every year for a number of reasons. In addition to all the other great initiatives in place and recognizing the strength of the local Church, the Center for Youth Evangelism has launched Church of Refuge (COR). We support local churches in providing meaningful, Christ-centered ministry that attracts and holds young adults.

Ministry Model

Local churches that demonstrate they are incorporating the nine COR values in their ministry will be certified and join the COR Network. These churches will then be promoted to young adults through print and online media. We believe that there are countless churches who already exceed all these values and thus will find the process incredibly simple.


In ancient Israel, cities of refuge were secure, conveniently located, inclusive, spiritual communities for individuals seeking a safe haven. Similarly, churches of refuge are safe, friendly, accepting faith communities that welcome young people.