Strategic churches are growing young.
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a plan that any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the WHOLE church and deepen the faith of your young people as well as their connection and sense of belonging in your congregation.
it’s about changing church culture.
In November 2020, we held online presentations about the book Growing Young. We shared information and stories, as well as next steps in the Pacifica Synod’s commitment to walk with congregations in Growing Young. If you missed either of the presentations, you may find them on our Synod YouTube channel found here.
From January to June 2021, our Growing Young Team hosted monthly, online Zoom conversations, each focusing on one of the six Growing Young Core Commitments. Each of these free, one-hour sessions was offered twice and included a presentation, small group conversations, and ideas for action. Recordings of each of these sessions, along with presentation slides and other resources shared during the time together, may be found below.
In September 2021, we will gather again with those who participated in these monthly conversations to check in with one another and share ideas about how they are using the tools from Growing Young in their context. Our team is available to answer questions, engage in conversation or meet with your congregation leaders about Growing Young in YOUR congregation. The email to contact us may be found at the bottom of this page.
The book Growing Young may be purchased through Fuller Youth Institute, Amazon or your favorite bookseller. For those who use a Kindle, we have FREE download codes for those who would use them. Please contact Terri Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a code sent to you by email.
Session One Recording – January 14, 2021
Presentation Slides – Session One (PowerPoint)
Growing Young Story Video – Keychain Leadership
Session Two – Empathize with Today’s Young People (Chapter 3)
Held February 4 & 9, 2021
Session Two Recording – February 4, 2021
Session Two Recording – February 9, 2021
Presentation Slides – Session Two (PowerPoint)
Session Three – Take Jesus’ Message Seriously (Chapter 4)
Held March 9 & 11, 2021
Session Three Recording – March 9, 2021
Session Three Recording – March 11, 2021
Presentation Slides – Session Three (PowerPoint)
Session Four – Fuel Warm Relationships (Chapter 5)
Held April 13 & 15, 2021
Session Four Recording – April 13, 2021
Session Four Recording – April 15, 2021
Presentation Slides – Session Four (PowerPoint)
Session Five – Prioritize Young People/Families Everywhere (Chapter 6)
Held May 11 & 15, 2021
Session Five Recording – May 11, 2021
Session Five Recording – May 13, 2021
Presentation Slides – Session Five (PowerPoint)
Session Six – Be the Best Neighbors (Chapter 7)
Held June 8 & 10, 2021
Session Six Recording – June 10, 2021
Presentation Slides – Session Six (PowerPoint)
Video Link – “How ‘OK Boomer’ Has Spurred Debate Among Millennials And Boomers | TODAY”
Video Link – “Faith Over Fear”
We’re excited to share Growing Young with congregations in our synod and walking with you in this work together. If you have any questions or would like a member of our Growing Young Team to contact you about working with your congregation, please email Terri Robertson at email@example.com.