Growing Young Workshops
Increase the impact of your ministry to reach and disciple young people through research-based strategies
Raleigh, NC | Boston, MA | Los Angeles, CA | Houston, TX | Seattle, WA
Reach Young People | Learn from Ministry Experts | Build a Strategy for Lasting Change
Imagine a church with energy and excitement.
Teenagers are excited about coming to worship services and have relationships with people of all ages. Young people throughout the community know that this church is a warm community where they are welcome. Young adults are eager to serve and given leadership opportunities. Older adults understand the realities of being a young person in today’s world and empathetically listen to young people. Children are being mentored and taught by teenagers and young adults. This church has a bright future.
Sign up for a Growing Young workshop in your city and let us help your ministry build a brighter future for people of all generations.
What's included in a Growing Young Workshop?
- 2–day workshop where you’ll develop a plan to help you take strategic next steps in the Growing Young journey immediately after the workshop.
- Access to the Growing Young TEAM Assessment, which will illuminate areas for growth and guide your next steps ($100 value).
- 6 Growing Young Essentials, a fully digital course, that will help you integrate each of the 6 core commitments into your ministry ($125 value).
- Downloadable Growing Young Video Curriculum to help implement your Growing Young Vision ($99 value).
- Interactive peer learning from other like-minded leaders.
Raleigh, North Carolina
October 16 - 17, 2023
Trinity Baptist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
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February 23 - 24, 2024
10200 Richmond Ave. #170
Houston, TX, 77042
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What is Growing Young, and how can it help my ministry 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. Twenty somethings. 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.
Churches with energy and excitement, where teenagers are excited about coming to worship services and have relationships with people of all ages. Young people throughout the community know that this church is a warm community where they are welcome. Young adults are eager to serve and contribute regularly to important church-wide decisions. Older adults understand the realities of being a young person in today’s world and empathetically listen to young people. Children are being mentored and taught by teenagers and young adults. This church has a bright future.
All churches grow old.
But strategic churches are Growing Young.
Six core commitments of Growing Young church
Over the past decade, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has taken our groundbreaking research from Growing Young and journeyed with hundreds of diverse congregations to help them grow young in their context. We have helped these congregations engage younger generations in ways that breathe life and vitality into the whole church through six essential strategies.
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.
At our Growing Young Workshops:
The FYI team will journey with you and help you focus on what’s most essential in helping young people discover and love your church. You’ll stop guessing and grasping at trends and let our expert training lead you forward.
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What are people saying about Growing Young training?
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.
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.
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