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All churches grow old. Strategic churches grow young. Unleashing the passion of young people in your church is possible!
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 as a result 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, author of All the Places to Go
"What's irresistible about Growing Young is that it's not primarily about age--it's about hope. Through story after compelling story, the authors demonstrate how prioritizing the young is a church-changing strategy."--Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Seminary, author of Almost Christian
"If you're a leader who cares about helping all generations in your church grow and thrive, this book should be on the top of your list."--Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, lead pastor of National Community Church
"My strongest recommendation for those committed to reaching the next generation of believers is to purchase, read, engage, and apply this book."--Soong-Chan Rah, North Park Theological Seminary, author of Prophetic Lament
"Parents, families, and churches often struggle with how to get and keep children and young people interested and invested in Christian faith and church life. . . . Growing Young provides practical answers to this question based on serious empirical research. I know of no book quite like it."--Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, National Study of Youth and Religion, author of Soul Searching and Lost in Transition
"You can't afford not to read this book."--Margaret Feinberg, author of Fight Back with Joy and Live Loved
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Binding Hardcover ISBN-13 9780801019258 ISBN-10 0801019257 Width 5.6 Length 8.6 Height 1.2 Number Of Pages 330 Publisher Baker Books
Posted: 16-12-07Must read ministry book. Solid research and practical ideas for reaching youth/young adults
There are a lot of books out there that tell you how to do great ministry. Many come off as 4 simple steps or if you follow our method, buy our curriculum and make sure all your congregation buys our study guide, it will transform your church. This is not one of those books. This is a book that is backed by research into churches that are reaching youth and young adults in an effective and meaningful way. So much of what the authors found resonated with me and I found myself constantly underlining and marking up the margins.
What gives this book great strength is that the authors have found common elements across the diverse range of churches they studied. What I found very helpful was that the authors early on address a number of common myths about churches that are succeeding in growing young including location, denomination, cool factor, facility, budget and church size. In their research the authors found churches all over the spectrum of all these various areas.
The authors identify six trait of growing young churches which they lay out in what they call the "Growing Young Wheel" where these traits continually grow as you go around the circle. Each factor has chapter that works through it that includes real examples of it playing out in a church, and explanation of their findings and a list of ideas of how your church might be able to grow this quality.
As this is a research based book that has just been released, the information is current and relevant. If you are in youth or young adult ministry, or simply someone who is a millennial, you will find much of this book resonates with how you and those you minister to are wired. What this book does well is help those older than millennials understand how ministry may need to be reshaped to reach the next generation, backing it up with solid research.
Bottom line, this book needs to be at the top of your reading list for the coming year.
(I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own)