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Sticky Faith

How do we build lasting faith in the teenagers we love and serve? Find practical resources for youth ministry and parenting here.

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Growing Young

How can you unlock your church’s potential? Discover 6 research-based strategies for integrating young people to create a thriving church.


Urban Ministry

How do we help today’s young people thrive in urban contexts? We are creating the most comprehensive resource for urban youth workers today.


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6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Love Your Church

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New diverse cutting-edge research.

10,000 hours
1300 individual interviews
40 states
80,000 miles traveled


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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.


They exhibit keychain leadership.



They fuel a warm community.


They empathize with young people.



They prioritize young people and families everywhere.


They take Jesus’ message seriously.



They are good neighbors to their communities.

Top US denominational leaders are Growing Young.

Discover why leaders nationwide are rallying around young people.


Watch Voices of the Project

Find out how your church is doing.

Growing Young Assessment

Discover how effective you are at engaging the next generation.

“Every young person should have access to a church community that will support their spiritual development. Growing Young provides research that charts the effectiveness of the church’s role in the engagement of youth and their families. Church leaders will learn to create and implement strategic steps to strengthen their youth ministry touch. The secret to Growing Young is now out!”


      Virginia Ward, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary