All churches grow old. Strategic churches grow young.
Across america, churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and because of this are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.
“Growing Young carries an urgent message. Young people need the body of Christ–and vice versa. This book is theologically informed, research savvy, and pragmatically outstanding. Read it now, before you get any older.”
– John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, creator of All The Places To Go
“There is a fine line between catering to young people and understanding the context of our fast-changing culture so that we will engage young people and invite them into discipleship and mission. Growing Young is a gift to the wider church.“
– Eugene Cho, pastor of Quest Church, creator of Overrated
“Every young person will have to have access to a church community so we can enhance their spiritual development. Growing Young provides research that charts the effectiveness of the church’s role in the engagement of youth and their families. Church leaders will discover ways to create and implement strategic steps to enhance their youth ministry touch. The secret to Growing Young is now out!”
– Virginia Ward, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary