Growing Young


All churches grow old, but strategic churches are growing young.

Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research from the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. It profiles innovative churches engaging 15- to 29-year-olds that are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to position their churches to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church.

Growing Young Virtual Cohort

A nine-month digital cohort experience that will help you unleash the potential of your congregation and apply the Growing Young core commitments to today’s realities, including:

How can you adapt to a changing ministry landscape?
How can your church navigate the complexities of intercultural ministry with care?
How can your ministry walk with young people struggling with anxiety?

Over the past four years, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has taken our groundbreaking research from Growing Young and journeyed with over 500 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.

Through the Growing Young in a Changing World Cohort, 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. Our advanced training model brings together churches that are committed to growing young for nine months through:

  • Four digital summits that dive into the research behind Growing Young, and help you create a plan to implement new strategies in your church. You will also hear directly from the authors of Growing Young and Growing With, as well as other leading scholars and practitioners.
  • Address issues that you are encountering today, including mental health among young people, intercultural ministry, and adapting to a changing landscape.
  • Regular online 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.
  • Nine months of personalized coaching from experienced pastors that will guide you through a holistic approach as you develop a Church Transformation Plan.
  • Access to our church-wide version of the Growing Young Assessment, which will illuminate areas for growth and guide your next steps.
  • Interactive peer learning from other like-minded churches as you journey through the cohort together.

The 2020-2021 Cohort will provide your church with both a holistic philosophy and practical ideas to make much-needed shifts in your congregational culture today. For more detailed information, please download this handout.

Registration closes September 22, 2020.

Cohort Content

You’ll get the best of the Growing Young core commitments, PLUS this cohort will help you apply them to today’s changing realities, including anxiety in young people, intercultural ministry, and adapting to a changing ministry landscape. The content of the summits will begin by debunking many of the popular—and harmful—myths of what is needed to reach young people. Then, through teaching from world-class Fuller faculty and other ministry thought leaders, we’ll explore the six core commitments our research revealed that can unleash the passion of young people:

  1. Unlock keychain leadership: Instead of centralizing authority, empower others— especially young people.
  2. Empathize with today’s young people: Instead of judging or criticizing, step into the shoes of this generation.
  3. Take Jesus’ message seriously: Instead of asserting formulaic gospel claims, welcome young people into a Jesus-centered way of life.
  4. Fuel a warm community: Instead of focusing on cool worship or programs, aim for warm peer and intergenerational friendships.
  5. 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.
  6. Be the best neighbors: Instead of condemning the world outside your walls, enable young people to neighbor well locally and globally.

“Growing Young demonstrates how prioritizing the young is a church-changing strategy, not a youth ministry-changing strategy…and how pursuing Jesus by ‘growing young’ fundamentally changes the ways congregations interact with their communities, their leaders, as well as with youth and adults.”

– Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary

Growing Young in a Changing World

A digital cohort: October 2020 – June 2021

For more information,

please download this handout!

Register before September 22, 2020

Limited scholarships available!

Explain Growing Young:

Download the Core Commitment Wheel

Help others understand the tenets of Growing Young with our one-page printable and graphic.

Want more info?

Contact Tammy Jones West

Assistant to the Bishop