Growing Young

All churches grow old.
Strategic churches are growing young.


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Growing Young

Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. It profiles innovative churches engaging 15- to 29-year-olds that are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to position their churches to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church.

Growing Young Workshops

Register for our regional 2–day workshops with expert training, interactive peer learning, team assessments, video curriculum, and personalized help for your ministry to build a brighter future for people of all generations..

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We believe in the power of young people.

Our heart’s cry is for teenagers and young adults across the country to follow Jesus toward a transformative faith that enriches all generations in their congregations and communities.
The Growing Young project began with the question of why certain churches succeed in their ministry with young people. From our research, we discovered that these “bright spot” congregations—diverse in region, size, denomination and culture—have these six core commitments in common.

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    Growing Young Core Commitments

    The six essential strategies to help young people discover and love your church

    Unlock keychain leadership: Instead of centralizing authority, empower others—especially young people.
    Empathize with today’s young people: Instead of judging or criticizing, step into the shoes of this generation.
    Take Jesus’ message seriously: Instead of asserting formulaic gospel claims, welcome young people into a Jesus-centered way of life.
    Fuel a warm community: Instead of focusing on cool worship or programs, aim for warm peer and intergenerational friendships.
    Prioritize young people (and families) everywhere: Instead of giving lip service to how much young people matter, look for creative ways to tangibly support, resource, and involve them in all facets of your congregation.
    Be the best neighbors: Instead of condemning the world outside your walls, enable young people to neighbor well locally and globally.

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    A practical ministry guide you can count on

    You need young adult ministry now because young adults need you—now.

    Bring your vision for young adult ministry to life.

    Young Adult Ministry Now
    unites fresh wisdom on ministry innovation with FYI’s landmark Growing Young insights to give you a ministry guide you can count on. We’ll help you take the guesswork out of young adult ministry with practical strategies to challenge common myths about today’s young adults, focus your creativity, connect courageously, and amplify your ministry.

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    Growing With

    Filled with brand-new research and real-life stories from remarkable families, Growing With shows you how to close the family gap, giving parents courage to take the next faithful step on a mutual journey of intentional growth that trusts God to transform you all.

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    Top faith leaders are Growing Young.

    Discover why leaders nationwide are rallying around young people.


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    Discover how effective your church is at engaging the next generation.

    The Growing Young Assessment is an academically-validated survey tool that provides vital insights about your church’s effectiveness with young people.

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    Lead Growing Young conversations with your team.

    You want to lead lasting change in your church, but how can you rally leaders behind a shared vision? We've created a new series that brings the Growing Young core commitments to life for your church. In each 20-30 minute video, your team can gain insight and teaching from a Growing Young author, hear stories from real-life leaders and churches, and talk about practical next steps. Discover the Growing Young Core Commitment Video Curriculum in our online store today.

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