What Churches Need to Grow Young


After 10,000 hours of research involving over 20 Fuller faculty members and 40 Fuller student research assistants, the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) is thrilled to announce that its newest book, Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church, has been released and is already a best-seller according to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The research that resulted in Growing Young was among the most collaborative and comprehensive ever conducted on young adults and the church. Studying 250 congregations representing over 400,000 people across 40 states, the research team traveled nearly 80,000 miles to interview almost 500 young people and 800 adults.

Authored by FYI’s Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin, the book emerged from a four-year research project that sought to find out why certain congregations are attracting young people—growing young—in an era when so many churches are declining and aging. The FYI team identified some of the most innovative congregations in the country when it comes to engaging young people well, and determined how other churches might learn from them to more effectively draw teenagers and emerging adults.

The research, report the authors, yielded some surprising results that contradict many common assumptions about what young people look for in a church—it’s not necessarily, writes Kara Powell, “the newer church plants and young, hip leaders.” In fact, she says, “our team was encouraged by the fact that most any church can better engage young people.” The book goes on to detail those factors that they found are the best places for churches to focus their time and energy.

You can download a free chapter of Growing Young here.

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