Whether you serve as a senior pastor, associate pastor, elder/board member, or some other role in your church – we believe you can play an active and vital role in forming the faith of teenagers and young adults.
Please don’t believe the common misconception that you need to be young to effectively minister with and to young people. Our guess is you don’t, and that’s why you’ve landed here.
What do you need to know to support the faith development of young people in your church?
We’re glad you asked!
Our approach to this question is different than some other “youth ministry” organizations you may have encountered. Our work is not primarily focused on fun and games. Instead, we turn academic research into practical resources, equipping leaders and parents to help faithful young people change our world.
FYI’s research in Sticky Faith reveals that some of the most important things a church can do to help a teenager’s faith “stick” include helping teenagers understand and articulate the gospel, intergenerational worship and relationships, and partnering with parents in the faith development of their children. All of these areas relate to youth ministry, but rarely can they be carried out by a youth pastor alone.
FYI’s research in Growing Young reveals that the best way to involve, retain, and form young people in the church is not the result of a single program or strategy. Instead, churches thrive when they create an overall culture – in every area of the church – that supports young people. The better news is that a culture that forms young people in the image of Jesus isn’t just good for young people – it can be good for every generation in the whole church.
We believe your role as a senior leader is creating an overall church environment in which the sort of culture described above can develop and thrive. You don’t need to do all the work of youth ministry yourself, but you can create an environment where it can thrive – and you can partner with your youth leader or youth ministry volunteers and position them to thrive in the church’s ministry with young people.
Here are some helpful resources…
Digital Training Courses
Choose from a variety of self-paced online trainings that will guide you and your team to engage younger generations in a way that breathes life and energy into the whole church.
Listen to what influential leaders are saying about our resources and training.
Join a Growing Young Cohort
Training to help your church reach young people like never before
Take a deep dive with your church team and discover what growing young looks like in your context. The most comprehensive church training model that will help you unleash the potential of your congregation to engage the next generation.
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Host an FYI Speaker
FYI has a national speaking team on topics such as Growing Young, Growing With, Sticky Faith, multicultural youth ministry, and navigating our digital world. Consider hosting an FYI speaker for a national conference or training event, breakout session, or with a smaller group of senior leaders in your denomination or network.
Fuller Youth Institute Coaching and Consulting
Our team specializes in leading groundbreaking research projects, staying in touch with the latest research on young people and the church nationally, creating innovative training and resources, and learning from the best practices of effective and vibrant churches nationally. Leverage our experience and learning for one-on-one coaching sessions with you or your ministry.
Customized Webinar Training
Hosting a customized training webinar with an FYI author or team member for leaders/influencers within your denomination or network. FYI webinars can last 45-90 minutes and can be standalone or as part of a longer series. Topics can be adapted to meet your needs.
Contact Andy Jung for more information.
The Growing Young Assessment
The Growing Young Assessment is a 60-question academically-validated survey tool that provides vital insights about your church’s effectiveness with young people. It harnesses the collective insights of an entire congregation to provide you with a true picture of reality.
The assessment is designed to be used by individuals, leadership teams, or whole churches. The assessment scores from various individuals or churches in your tribe can also be combined to provide a meta-report of themes or trends, which can inform future training or resourcing for your denomination or network. Discounts are available for bulk purchases of the assessment.