World Community is open to any youth worldwide ages 7 to 18. The program and awards qualify as the religious emblem award for Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA.
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. It includes a facilitator guide and a Disciple Journal, which are available for purchase through Herald House.
Young people may work individually or in groups as part of scouting units, classes, retreats, camps, youth groups, or clubs. Children and must complete all 12 lessons of this material to be eligible for the award.
They should work with an adult mentor or 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 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 and is Unlike the children’s program, it does not include a Disciple Journal (workbook). These materials are available through Herald House.
Some youth may have earned the “Path of the Disciple” award offered for youth ages 7 to 10. The youth and adult material are 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 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 a Registered Children and Youth Worker with Community of Christ.
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.
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 leaders 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.