6 resource shortcuts to help your church grow young in 2017

Brad M. Griffin | Jan 7, 2017

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Shortcuts. We all love them.

On the road, they get us to our destination with a few moments to spare, perhaps bypassing inconvenient traffic delays.

In our jobs, while more elusive, shortcuts can boost us higher in an organizational structure or up a pay grade without the expected time “paying our dues.”

Other shortcuts might be desirable on some levels but disastrous on others. We hope our doctor isn’t in the mood to take a shortcut when reviewing our upcoming surgery. Shortcut relationships are seldom sustainable. And in ministry, well, a lot of work exists in a realm in which shortcuts don’t exist. Pastoral care. Spiritual formation. Loving our neighbors well. We could make a long list here.

While we can’t offer you a true shortcut to better ministry in 2017, the Fuller Youth Institute has nevertheless been working to lighten your load. Not only do we attempt to save you time and guesswork by investigating questions that matter to you, but also we translate that research into practical resources and work to make them as accessible as possible.

Today we want to introduce you to our latest free ministry shortcut: the Growing Young Resource Library.

In the Resource Library you’ll find a collection of free downloads to accompany our book, Growing Young. Discover ways to share the insights, stories, and strategies with your friends, colleagues, and wider congregation. While we can’t shortcut the hard work these resources will ultimately invite, we have done our best to frontload you with resources to generate rich conversations in your church.

6 Resource Shortcuts to Grow Young in 2017

1) Start a Conversation with our Growing Young Discussion Guide

We believe in dialogue, and we believe in community. Dialogue with your community with this downloadable guide that will walk you through each chapter.

2) Plan your future with our Growing Young Assessment

The world of church leadership is cluttered with voices, often sharing anecdotes and opinions that may not reflect your unique context. We’ve decided to provide a different way. Remove the guesswork and get real answers when you take our Growing Young Assessment. Designed to engage your whole congregation, discover your church’s unique position to engage young people, and your best next steps for a vibrant future.

3) Invite your congregation to grow young with our Sermon Outlines & Templates

Want to bring Growing Young ideas into your worship gatherings? Download our sermon outlines for scripture connections and inspiration for your next series. Grab our ebook of sermon illustrations from our research to show what’s possible. Use our slides to convey the perfect look and feel of Growing Young.

4) Start a book club with our Growing Young Bulk Discounts

The best way to develop new ideas is to have many voices in the conversation together. Get copies of Growing Young for your staff, leadership, and volunteers at unbeatable prices when you order in bulk.

5) Start talking to young people with our Conversation Toolkit

It’s not enough to talk about young people; we have to talk to them. This step-by-step guide will assist you in starting an inspiring and supportive conversation with any young person in your church or community.

6) Pray for your church with our 7-day Prayer Guide

Join the Fuller Youth Institute and authors of Growing Young for a prayer journey. A prayer reflection will be delivered to your email everyday for a week. Let’s seek God together!

Want all of these resources?

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The journey to helping your church grow young in 2017 begins here!

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

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