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World Community

Discipleship Development for Youth – Community of Christ Religious Emblems Program

The World Community program is open to any youth worldwide ages 7 to 18. It serves as the Community of Christ religious emblems award. The program and awards qualify as the religious emblem award for Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Updated in 2017, the program better aligns to materials readily available within Community of Christ. The program has two levels: “Path of the Disciple” for ages 7 to 10 and “Exploring Community Together” ages 11 to 18. Upon completion we recognize each level with a medallion/ribbon and the pin for the level achieved. Youth may earn both levels.

The awards can be ordered by the pastor through P.R.A.Y. – an organization the church has partnered with to both order and track awards.

Path of the Disciple (ages 7 to 10)

The material for this program is the children’s disciple formation material called Of Water and Spirit. This is the Community of Christ baptism-preparation material for children. It includes a facilitator guide and a Disciple Journal (workbook). These materials are available through Herald House.

Many congregations and individuals have copies of these materials; it is not necessary to buy a new copy. However, it may be helpful to have an unused copy of the Disciple Journal for use by the child. Take care to use the most recent materials. The child needs to complete all 12 lessons of this material to be eligible for the award.

Young people may work individually or in groups as part of scouting units, classes, retreats, camps, youth groups, or clubs. They should work with an adult mentor or their pastor to complete the program. If the mentor is not the child’s parent, the adult mentor MUST be at least 21 years old and be a Registered Children and Youth Worker with Community of Christ.

Exploring Community Together (ages 11 to 18)

The material for this program is the youth and adult material called Of Water and Spirit. This is the Community of Christ baptism-preparation material for youth and adults. Unlike the children’s program, it does not include a Disciple Journal (workbook). These materials are available through Herald House. Many congregations and individuals have copies of these materials; it is not necessary to buy a new copy. Take care to use the most recent materials.

Some youth may have earned the “Path of the Disciple” award offered for youth ages 7 to 10. The youth and adult material is not a duplication of the children’s version, but covers similar subject matter. Youth are encouraged to take their discipleship journey to the next level as they work toward “Exploring Community Together.”

There are 12 lessons, and a youth needs to complete all 12 lessons to be eligible to receive the award. Youth may work individually or in groups as part of scouting units, classes, retreats, camps, youth groups, or clubs. Youth should work with an adult mentor or their pastor to complete the program. If the mentor is not the parent of the child, the adult mentor MUST be at least 21 years old and be a Registered Children and Youth Worker with Community of Christ.



Youth Recognition

After completing the award requirements, the mentor should work with the pastor to order the appropriate award through P.R.A.Y. For the first award (regardless of level) the youth receives a level-specific pin, the World Community emblem, and a certificate. If the youth earned level one and goes on to earn level two, the young person receives a pin specific to level two and a certificate.

Note: Many congregations regularly offer pre-baptismal classes. This award can be offered on completion of that class. Take care to allow enough time either before or after baptism so that this award is not considered an award received for baptism. The World Community Program is not an award for baptism.

Adult Recognition

Adults who serve children and youth in the church and community may be eligible for the International Youth Service Award. The recognition occurs at the level of the recipient’s service: congregation, mission center, apostolic field, or World Church. Jurisdictional officers or group/unit leader may recommend adults for this recognition. The denomination does not offer an achievement program for adults. Order the adult awards through P.R.A.Y. 


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