Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin, MDiv, is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016), several Sticky Faith ​books, Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal articles. 

On the Web:

Twitter: @bgriffinfyi

Resources from Brad M. Griffin:

Frenzy Over Hugging

Who Gets to Swim?

Vocation and Lockboxing

One Great Year

Leading Guys to Purpose

Free Space

Relationship Currency

Telling the Stories

Courage in Action

Gaming Violence Linked to Real-Life Agression

Mean Girls?

In Season

God in the Obscure

Friendship vs Distance

What’s changed in plagiarism?

Families Want Your Help Turning Inside Out

Livestream from NYWC Friday

Nothing Without Love

Preparing Students for the Stress of College

Sleep It Off

Doctors Speak Up About Teen Social Media Use

Busting the Myths of Parent-Teen Communication

Seeing the Need

Tony Jones, Phyllis Tickle, Lauren Winner at Fuller

Marketing to Kids’ Eyes, Parents’ Wallets

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Teen Plastic Surgery on the Rise


Are we being too quiet about abuse?

Back Home and Doing Fine

Good News in Your Neighborhood

Campus Visits Laced with Risky Behavior

Steve Jobs, Back to School, and Why Doubt Belongs in Your Youth Group Curriculum

The Surprising Strengths of the Teenage Brain

New resource for talking with girls about self-image

Three ideas for improving your camp experience this summer

Launch Kits Ship This Week!

World-class thinkers gather at FYI for 2nd phase of new research project

How do I help my kids find their calling?


The New Goodnight Kiss

When Hope is Thin

Developing Competence

How Do You Spend Your Day?

Gaming vs Sports?

Faith that Sticks

Two High-Stress Groups

Mission: Right Here

Sharing the Roof

Practical Biblical Justice Webinar

Everything is at Stake

New Stats on Teen Deaths

Always Learning

Family Baptism

About the Kid Table

Parents Out of Control

Trusting the Story

Courage to Stop

The Single-Story Fallacy

Lent Begins

Tony Jones on Church Leadership

Jazz Theology

Christian Boy Meets Christian Girl

Want to Change a Kid’s Life?

The Latest on Gay Teens

Are Parents the Problem or the Solution?

Half of Middle and High School Students Are Sexually Harassed

Micro-Enterprise with Macro-Results

Controlling Parenting Linked with Delinquent Behavior

How Wealth Shapes Justice

Someone Noticed

Are Millennials Actually Doubting God More?

How well do you know young people’s stress?

Slow down, I can’t keep up!

What’s the definition of “urban” youth ministry?

Sticky Faith camp ministry ideas from camp leaders themselves

How Can I Create a Training Rhythm That Works for Our Volunteers?

Leading Through the Wilderness

What can you do with a little trash?

Come create a Sticky Faith Culture with us. Join our next Cohort

Time to talk “time”

Holding Down the Block

Can I Trust You?

Reaching Across Generations

Abandoning Teen Athletes

Good Gaming Conversations

Integration and Advocacy

Live Interactive Online Interview With Kara Today

Unattainable Beauty

Playing Games with God

March Madness

Reordering Our View of Comfort


In Your Face

Taking Rest Seriously

Dads Can Nurture

Freshman Move-in Day

Making Parents Mad

No Perfect Families

Cellphone Usage Infographic

What Does Success Look Like?

Holy Week

A Big Vision for Justice

What Does Faith Look Like in College?

The Poor Will [Not?] Always be With You

Telling Stories to Overcome Fear

Latest Teen Sex Survey


Don’t Talk Back

Ash Wednesday

Resources for Digital Kids and their Parents

Finding Risen Life in Tough Kids

Talking About Race with Short-Term Missions Teams

How can I help my family disconnect from technology?

Could teenagers’ social media use help them form intimate relationships?

What would you say to a younger you?

Three ideas to help you call young people to do big things

Tips for debriefing your family trip

The Science & Art of Story: New Possibilities in Ministry

Youth Pastor Remix

Unprecedented Training

Middle School Ministry

So Much to Lose

Family of Families

Measured-Risk Parenting

All Stressed Out

Evolving Online Communication

Change and Conflict


Changing the Neighborhood

Award-Winning FYI Film

The Imaginary Audience?

Raising Money

I Don’t Trust the Way You Talk

Band-Aids for the Poor

Teaching Boys

Lonely Adults, Lonely Kids

Parenting Myths We Can Do Without

7 Reasons Why We Loved The First Sticky Faith Summit

Facebook and College Admissions

The New Digital American Family?

Be Generous.  Even at Work.

Training Urban Leaders

Join a Sticky Faith Cohort

Precocious Puberty and Youth Ministry

Millennial Questions

Social Media as Portal or Pitfall?

Is Brain Trauma Worth the Game?

When Racial Conflict Hits the Neighborhood

Handle Brain (and all other) Research with Care

Why Teenagers Sometimes Lose Their Beloved Phones

Still-Faced Parents, Still-Faced Teenagers

Where can I meet up with FYI at Youth Specialties’ NYWC in Dallas this weekend?

Free Webcast with Archie Honrado

How viewing music as a language can reframe the way we teach faith

Five Must-Read Tips for Back to School Season

How can I connect with FYI at Youth Specialties’ NYWC in Nashville this week?

Helping teenagers make sense of inequality … without making peace with it

Steve Argue Webcast Interview: Processes, Pitfalls, and Aha’s of Implementing Sticky Faith

How to use the Family Guide Films with Your Congregation or Small Group

Beyond ‘Turn That Thing Off!’

Stuff Has a Story - And It’s Us

New Press on Girls and Image

A Place for the Marginalized

The Happiest Place to Text

Three-Family Systems

World AIDS Day 2009

Pulling the Plug on Perfect Parenting

Burned out parents, burned out kids

Best Practices

All Power

It Starts with Rest

New Spins on Social Media Research

Parental Rules Still Matter

Online Primer for Parents

Adults Who Get Me

A Fresh Look at FYI

Awaiting the Kingdom

The Last Five Minutes

Worth Fighting For

Women in America Report

Antidotes to Apathy

Saying Thanks

Join the Sticky Faith Movement Today

How to Mess Kids Up

Talking At God

Parenting Digital Kids

The (un?)Creation of the American Teenager

7 Billion

Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex

What will we do when they want to change the world?

Being Careful with Research

Too Sexy, Too Young

How can I connect with FYI at NYWC this weekend?

Help Grandparents Get Wired

Finding Unexpected Gifts in Community

Free Webcast on Building Family Assets with Gene Roehlkepartain

Announcing the Sticky Faith Launch Kit

Finding Enough in a World of Scarcity

Can We Really Say Anything to God?

You Belong Here: Two new insights from education research

Freeing Young People to Ask Difficult Questions

Post-Grad Summer

What’s Up With Guys?

What Generation Gap Conflict?

Is Age Segregation Over?

Exploiting the Teen Voice

Enough: Scarcity vs Abundance during Advent

Responding to Haiti: Singing in Solidarity

Parenting the Teen Brain

Help for Bipolar Teens

The Pivot Point of the Year

The U.S. Youth Sex Trade

8,000 Reasons

Knowing Our Neighbors

Paying Attention

Girls Puberty Age Drops?

Mentoring Communities

Fear and the Brain

About Huck

Ministry Dreams

Building Capacity in Youth

Virtual Reality, Real Impact

What We Thought We Knew About Teen Brains

How Stressed Are You?

Brenda Salter McNeil on Being Witnesses

If it Feels Right, and If I Want to Believe It

Does Homework Work?

The Technology Basket

I’ll Share Mine if You Share Yours

Calling the Bluff on “Active” Video Games

Does Education Spark Dreams or Steal Them?

Fourteen-Year-Old Against Seventeen

Back to School: Dealing with Cyberbullying

How do you talk with kids about bullying?

Top FYI Posts of 2012

Doubting in Community: An Unexpected Gift

I’m looking for a parent-child technology covenant. Can you help?

Free Sticky Faith Webcast: With Steve Argue, Kara Powell, and Brad Griffin

Your Favorite FYI Resources of 2013

Four Words That Can Transform Your Conversations With Teenagers

Tent City 4

Racism’s Unseen Injustices

Notes from College

Chat with Kara, Study at Fuller

Family Dinner Day

Youth Runaways on the Rise

Top Five of 2009

Seeing the World Take New Shapes

Haiti Advance Team

Eyes of God

Census Race Conversations

Little Wins

Becoming a CLO

Friending on the Margins

Is Creativity in Decline?

Turning Families Inside Out

Fragile Families

Two Sticky Seniors


Are they or aren’t they?

Awakening to Active-Contemplative Spiritual Practices

Good Friday Prayer

Gifts, Gender, and Leadership

Help for Hurting Kids

What’s Your God Like?

Boys Need Their Friends

Creating Safe Spaces

FYI Top Blog Posts of 2011

How Teens Communicate

24-Year-Old Mayor: The Story of a Community

Why We Love Posting on Facebook

The Little Mermaid Makes Waves Again

How can I help young people thrive?

Welcome to our NEW website!

Interested in joining a Fuller research study?

How do I engage families who aren’t connected with my church?

A New Year with No Strings Attached

You Lose

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Step Into My Shoes

Texting and Adolescent Development

Interactive Dialogue With Kara Today

Learning and Serving and Learning

Guys Play Sports

Coming Out in Middle School

Touching Base

Welcoming Kids in Worship and Mission

What’s Essential for Leading a Volunteer Team?

Speaking of Faith

Gender-Blind Dorms

Slants on Justice and Cross-Cultural Communion


Resilient, or…?

What if they were there?

Perception is Everything

The Kind of Service Matters

We Are How We Eat?

What Paradigms Rule Us?

Long-Term Implications of Low Self-Control


The High Risks of Consumerism

What do we say now?

How Kids Think About Money

Building Sticky Faith Rhythms

College Student Tech Use Update

Building a Social Imaginary

Facebook Timeline Raises Concerns for Emerging Adults

Most-Accessed FYI Resources of 2011

A Time to Dance

Middle Class Families in the Research Spotlight

The Power of Listening

Got Weekend Plans? Here’s an Idea

Boys hitting puberty younger alongside girls

How were you impacted by the Sticky Faith Every Day Series?

Becoming a Spiritual Guide

How can I connect with FYI at Youth Specialties’ NYWC in San Diego this week?

Talking with young people about Ferguson, we can’t keep ignoring it

Leading our kids into calling

The one line I remember when it seems like there’s not enough

10 Tips for Starting a Sticky Faith Youth Ministry from Scratch

Six Tips on Preparing for Milestones in Your Ministry

Free Webcast with Mark Yaconelli (Rescheduled!)

Is it the right time for my church to join a Sticky Faith Cohort?

The Only Six Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids About Sports—Or Any Performance

Do older people really want young people in church?

30 Hour Famine Partners with Sticky Faith for Your Ministry

Teens are asking tough questions, often alone. We’re here to help.

I Doubt It

How to talk to boys … And get them to talk back

Three reasons you shouldn’t call your teenager a tech addict

Just how bad is the bad news about churches today?

Yes, You Can Ask That

Bono and Eugene Peterson: An Exclusive Interview

5 Ways To Process Tragedy With Teenagers

Slay the giant of worrying how your kid will measure up

How do I help my 13-year-old with social media—without losing my mind?

Why Ecclesiology?

5 Common Struggles In Youth Ministry

Can I Ask That? Volume 2 Releases This Week

What is urban ministry?

Pre-order Your Sticky Faith Launch Kit Today!

Our Ultimate Hope with Growing Young

How can I help my family recover from a post-holiday digital tech hangover?

Helping Kids Think About Media Multitasking

Free Webcast with Margaret Feinberg Today

Sticky Faith Coaching Is Finally Here

What Should I Do When My Kid Says, “I’m Not Going to Church”?

If We Send Them, They Will Grow … Maybe

Leading intergenerational service projects and trips that stick

10 things every parent should know about gaming

How young is too young (for digital media)?