Fuller Youth Institute Blog
Last week, a McDonalds in Australia started to play opera and classical music in order to prevent teenage loitering. Apparently too many young people were spending too much time at the fast food restaurant so its management decided to use Mozart and Bach to get rid of the teens.
Can the good news of God’s abundance be trusted in the face of the story of scarcity? In this odd season where our culture simultaneously tells us to produce dispositions of gratitude while also obsessing over shopping for (and posturing at) holiday gatherings where we feel the opposite…this question whispers a haunting undertone.
We're glad you asked! The FYI team will be around Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention in Nashville and would love to say howdy. Hit the jump for a few ways to connect with us!
Let’s face it: it’s depressing to read about the number of kids who lose their faith and walk away from church in young adulthood. After reading countless articles and books, I get it—youth ministry as we’ve known it is in trouble. To be perfectly honest, sometimes this story makes it feel like there’s not much hope in youth ministry anymore.
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit with Mark and find out why he’s been willing to invest his time in Cohort churches. We at FYI would love for you to hear his words and pass them on to your ministry team and pastor as you consider joining our next Sticky Faith Cohort.
Through our research at the Fuller Youth Institute, we've uncovered some critical factors that help young people develop the lifelong faith they need. Included in those factors are involvement in justice and service, and a deeper understanding of the gospel that scripture proclaims as “good news for the poor.” That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a partnership with World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine team this year to weave Sticky Faith into the Famine experience.
In our all-new Sticky Faith Launch Kit, we’ve devoted a quarter of the book to volunteer training. No matter the size of your youth ministry, volunteers are key to nurturing a Sticky Faith environment.