Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us. From the disillusionment of young people to the aging of the church to the rise of the “Nones,” the list is long and disheartening. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized congregations brimming with young people? What if there are congregations that are actually growing young?
The good news is that those bright spot churches exist. The Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) team spent the past three years studying congregations effectively capturing the imaginations and hearts of young people ages 15-29. Through this landmark investigation of more than 250 diverse congregations of all sizes, FYI uncovered six core commitments held in common by the most effective congregations.
In this intensive workshop, Fuller Youth Institute Director Kara Powell will plumb the depths of both the findings and the stories of real-life congregations like yours that have thriving young adult ministries. You’ll leave with a host of do-able ideas to help your faith community right now. Don’t give in to growing old - discover new ways to grow young.
Congregations that are growing young are those engaging young people ages 15-29 and are growing spirituality, emotionally, missionally, and sometimes also numerically.
When you attend this workshop, you will:
- Gain a deep understanding of the six core commitments of Growing Young.
- Feel empowered by case studies and examples of diverse congregations to realize that your congregation can become more effective.
- Take a tested online assessment to identify your congregation’s strengths and weaknesses in light of FYI’s Growing Young research.
- Create a customized action plan for the next 6-12 months that blends the research and ideas presented with the online assessment results.
This workshop is part of the education effort for the Center for Congregations program Engaging Young Adults Initiative. Click here to learn more about this unique initiative and how your congregation can participate.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church and Friday, February 24, 2017 at Seymour First Baptist Church. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of Powell’s book Growing Young. Workshops are limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."