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 filtering in the doors on Sunday.
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 just don’t lie.
Percentage of US adult population attending church
Maybe you’re not sure what to do.
You know in your heart that your church longs for their presence. And you also know that they long for a place like your church.
Here’s the 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 lively with the passion of young people who are involved across a variety of ministries.
Let us share everything we learned with you.
The Growing Young Cohort is a year-long, comprehensive church training model that will help you unleash the potential of your congregation to engage the next generation.
Our unique training opportunity walks hand-in-hand with your team, as our Growing Young research helps inform and transform your ministry.
Here's how we'll serve your team:
2 in-person summits at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena
Regular training webinars with FYI researchers and leaders
A full year of personalized coaching
Comprehensive diagnostic assessments
Access to an exclusive community of fellow cohort churches
When you join a Growing Young Cohort, you’ll stop guessing and grasping at trends and let our expert training lead you forward.
We know that you invest in resources carefully. Yet conferences can be encouraging, but too general. And seminars are often interesting, but too short. What your team really needs is:
Extended time together.
Encouragement to turn ideas into strategies.
Feedback from peer churches.
Research-based resources which bring proven results.
A coach to guide you.
Accountability to follow through.
Our Growing Young research reveals 6 core commitments dynamic congregations hold in common.
Core Commitments of Churches Growing Young:
Instead of centralizing authority, empower others—especially 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 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.
As your team encounters our year-long cohort, we’ll help you discover what those 6 core commitments look like in your context.
Here’s how it all breaks down:
2 in-person summits that dive into the research behind Growing Young, foster small and large group discussions, and help you create a plan to implement new strategies in your church.
Monthly online training webinars hosted by FYI and other leading ministry voices on topics such as leading change, sociological and cultural trends among today’s young people, conquering conflict and more.
One year of personalized coaching from a Growing Young expert for support, accountability and reflection throughout the cohort.
Support with creating a personalized plan for your team that defines next steps in your context, and develops a strategy for change.
Comprehensive diagnostic assessments that shed light on areas for growth and guide your steps. These assessments are academically validated by our research team!
Access to an exclusive cohort community, where you’ll meet leaders like you who are ready to share ideas and experiences. This is the place to inspire and to be inspired.
Join the Growing Young Cohort
What would it mean for your church to make this your breakthrough year?
What would it mean if by 2021, you felt more empowered and equipped than ever to engage teenagers and young adults?
We’ve spent more than a decade studying effective ministry with teenagers and young adults. We’ve interacted with hundreds of engaging churches and thousands of young people. We’ve trained leaders like you who are ready to remove the guesswork and take their ministry to the next level.
When you join us, you'll get the opportunity to:
Get that team time you’ve been wanting but can’t seem to create.
Find answers to your toughest questions about teenagers and young adults.
Bounce ideas off of a mentor coach dedicated to your success.
Meet peer churches as excited as you are about the future.
As a result, 89% of cohort participants say it's the best training they've ever received.
What participants are saying:
“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.”
– Tara Reynolds, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
“I am 50 years old but left the Summit feeling that at our core, the desire for identity, belonging and purpose transcend all age groups. This realization, coupled with a greater understanding of emerging adults and their unique challenges, helped increase my empathy with my 20-year-old daughter and her generation.”