Training to help your church reach teenagers and young adults like never before

Reach Young People  |  Learn from Ministry Experts |  Build a Strategy for Lasting Change

January 2023 - December 2023 | Registration Closed

Does your church feel stuck, like it’s not reaching today’s young people?

  • Your church used to have young people, but now you wonder where they’ve all gone.
  • You are quietly losing members, momentum, and vitality.
  • You keep guessing or hoping that you’re focusing your church’s energy in the right places.
  • You’ve had to make radical shifts because of the pandemic, and you are uncertain where to go next.
  • You’re tired of feeling stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed.
  • You know young people who are hurting, but you’re not sure how to help.

Stop guessing at trends and let our expert church training lead you forward.

Growing Young in a Changing World

January 2023 - December 2023

Registration Closed.

Cost: $1,999

What's included in the online cohort?

  • 3 digital summits where you’ll learn from ministry experts
  • Training webinars with FYI researchers and leaders
  • One year of personalized coaching with experts addressing today’s most pressing conversations ($600 value)
  • Downloadable Growing Young Video Curriculum to help implement your Growing Young Vision ($99 value)
  • In-depth online training course on the 6 Core Commitments ($125 value)
  • Access to our comprehensive Growing Young church assessment tool ($300-$1,750 value)
  • Connection with an exclusive community of fellow cohort churches

Our Growing Young cohorts will help you unleash the potential of your congregation and create a strategy for lasting culture change.

Over the past five years, the Fuller Youth Institute has journeyed with over 600 diverse congregations to help them reach and engage teenagers and young adults in their communities like never before. Rooted in our groundbreaking Growing Young research, we'll walk with you and your team as you breathe life and vitality for the whole church through six essential strategies.

Your Plan to Grow a Thriving Church


Register for a 2023 Growing Young Cohort.


Learn from ministry experts, access digital tools, and receive personalized coaching.


Craft a plan and put your strategy in action to engage teenagers & young adults like never before.

Meet Your Guides

Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) is an innovative branch of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA led by Dr. Kara Powell, a national expert in young people and the church.

FYI has researched over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations and innovative churches, ones that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and growing spiritually and often numerically. Our resources have helped over 250,000 senior leaders, youth leaders, and parents in supporting and developing the faith of the next generation.

Past ministry experts and keynote speakers include:

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of FYI, a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of multiple books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Growing Young, Growing With... Read more about Kara.

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Kara Powell

Executive Director, Fuller Youth Institute

Rev. Dr. Dwight Radcliff is the Academic Dean for the William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies and the Assistant Professor of Mission, Theology, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has over twenty years of pastoral experience and is a leading voice in topics ranging from urban church planting, culture, theology, preaching, social justice, millennials, and evangelism. Dwight continues to pastor alongside his wife at The Message Center Church in Gardena, CA, a church he founded in 2006.

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Dwight Radcliff

Academic Dean, William E. Pannell Center

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for FYI, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith ​books, Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.

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Brad Griffin

Senior Director of Content, Fuller Youth Institute

Dr. Yulee Lee is the Senior Director of Staff and Partnerships at FYI where she oversees the leadership development of staff, develops team culture and office systems, helps build strategic partnerships, and facilitates trainings. Yulee, originally from South Korea, grew up in Salt Lake City skiing and snowboarding on the mountains. She holds a MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She has served the local church for 12+ years in the areas of revitalization and innovation, worked in government on the local and national levels, and directed strategy for service learning in higher education while also teaching on the topics of organizational and change leadership. Ultimately, Yulee is passionate about collaborating for change in systems to reflect greater human dignity and flourishing for the vulnerable.

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Yulee Lee

Senior Director of Staff Culture & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Fuller Youth Institute

Tommy Nixon is the Chief Executive Officer at the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Before coming to UYWI, he founded Solidarity, a community development organization that serves Latinx and immigrant families in Fullerton, CA. Tommy has a passion for helping urban leaders lead from a place of depth with God while having a dynamic impact in the Kingdom. Tommy is also the founder and former pastor of One Life City Church in Fullerton, CA where he lives with his wife and five children.

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Tommy Nixon

CEO, Urban Youth Workers Institute

Jake Mulder is the Senior Director of Strategy at FYI and Fuller’s Executive Director of Leadership Formation Division. As Senior Director of Strategy at FYI, he oversees business administration, coordinates new research, develops resources, and helps the team think strategically. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv) and is pursuing a PhD at Fuller. Passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential, he is the coauthor of Growing Young. Jake has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including as a Financial Analyst, Youth Pastor in the Reformed Church of America, Ministry Director with Youth for Christ, and missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia.

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Jake Mulder

Senior Director of Strategy, Fuller Youth Institute

Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon is the TENx10 Collaboration Training Manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jane is also a licensed pastor with over a decade of ministry experience pastoring youth and adults in two thriving church plants in Southern California. Prior to becoming a pastor, Jane worked as a probation counselor, junior high English teacher, and a university professor in Mexico. Read more about Jane.

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Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon

Training Manager

Dr. Aaron Rosales is a co-founder of Brio, a non-profit that designs and launches mental health solutions in vulnerable communities through local partnerships. He also is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University Counseling and Psychological Services. Aaron has a wealth of expertise in clinical and research psychology honed through working with universities, churches, community organizations, humanitarian aid workers, clergy, police departments, and victims of violent crimes. He is passionate about promoting mental health in populations with a wide gap between need and resources.

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Aaron Rosales

Co-founder of Brio

Andy Jung is the Director of Church Engagement at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he oversees the church engagement strategy. He leads cohorts and other training initiatives, develops relationships and networks with church and denominational leaders and ensures effective systems and processes to execute all these efforts effectively and efficiently. He has served as a youth minister for 20+ years and a senior pastor for five years. In addition, Andy also served as a state executive leader for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC for two years. Read more about Andy.

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Andy Jung

Director of Church Engagement


Growing Young in a Changing World
January 2023 - December 2023

What do I get when I join a cohort?

    • 3 digital summits where you’ll learn from ministry experts
    • Training webinars with FYI researchers and leaders
    • One year of personalized coaching with experts addressing today’s most pressing conversations ($600 value)
    • Downloadable Growing Young Video Curriculum to help implement your Growing Young Vision ($99 value)
    • In-depth online training course on the 6 Core Commitments ($125 value)
    • Access to our comprehensive Growing Young church assessment tool ($300-$1,750 value)
    • Connection with an exclusive community of fellow cohort churches 
    Cost: $1,999

    Registration closed.

    What is Growing Young, and how can it help my church reach young people?  

    If your church is like so many others in the US, you’re dedicated to leading and developing followers of Jesus of all ages. But something’s missing.

    Young people. Twentysomethings. Teenagers. Maybe they’re not completely absent, but there sure aren’t as many as you’d like to see.

    If your church seems to be aging every year, you’re not alone. You’re actually part of an overwhelming trend.

    While 18-29 year olds make up 17% of our overall population, they constitute only 10% of churchgoers. In fact, many churches across the United States are shrinking and aging overall, and even closing their doors. The stats are sobering.

    There’s good news for churches across the nation.

    We’ve studied over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, developing groundbreaking research from intentional, healthy churches that are growing—spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and even numerically⁠— and are filled with the passion of young people who are involved across a variety of ministries.

    We want to share everything we learned with you.

    Throughout your cohort experience, our FYI team will be your guide as you focus on what’s most essential to helping teenagers and young adults discover and love your church. Our advanced training model brings together churches that are committed to growing young.

    We know that you invest in resources carefully. Conferences can be encouraging, but too general. And seminars are often interesting, but too short. What your team really needs is:

    • Research-based resources which bring proven results
    • A coach to guide you
    • Feedback from peer churches
    • Extended time together
    • Encouragement to turn ideas into strategies
    • Accountability to follow through
    • Space to discuss today’s most pressing conversations

    What are people saying about the cohort?

    The Growing Young Cohort was an eye-opening and heart-inspiring time for our team. It took away the blinders and gave us some needed space to dive into uncharted conversations that have challenged us and helped us grow. We now have clear steps forward.



    Fellowship Bible Church

    You took a huge concept that can be pretty nebulous and broke it down into captivating vision and practical actions steps, which helped our smaller team have good starting points in our discussions.



    Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

    Our senior leadership knows that we have to do something to engage with the next generation. And Growing Young has been a huge catalyst for giving us the data, showing us the research, and helping us understand how to have those conversations.



    Rock Church

    Not only did I get more resources, but the Growing Young Cohort provided a context for me to invite my Executive Pastor and other leaders to hear about how investing in young people can transform our church. In the last year we have seen more buy-in from senior leadership and trust in young people than ever before.



    Sandals Church

    Our Coach is awesome! He constantly cleared up where we were stuck or struggling, but did it in a way that pushed us to come up with the ideas.



    Community Baptist Church

    I have been so thankful for the Growing Young Cohort. Throughout this last year, it has helped us to see ways that we can continually shape our ministries to walk alongside young people. We have found this conversation both encouraging and challenging as we think about our future as a church and the way that we serve the next generation.



    Brockington Road Church of the Nazarene

    The Cohort empowers teams to lead their churches into long-term cultural change, unlike any conference or program I have participated in.



    Journey Christian Church

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