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Growing Young

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Author: Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin
Publisher: Baker
ISBN: 9780801019258
Year of Publication: 2016
Pages: 330
Subtitle: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Growing Young - What Congregations Are Doing Right
  2. Unlock Keychain Leadership - Sharing Power with the Right People at the Right Time
  3. Empathize with Today's Young People - Why 25 Is the New 15, and 15 Is the New 25
  4. Take Jesus' Message Seriously - What's Young about the Good News
  5. Fuel a Warm Community - Warm Is the New Cool
  6. Prioritize Young People (and Families) Everywhere - From Rhetoric to Reality
  7. Be the Best Neighbors - Loving and Shaping Your World Well
  8. Growing Young in Your Context - How to Create a Plan for Change
Appendix: Research Method and Procedures

ENDORSEMENTS:
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.

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.

By identifying six fundamental commitments as well as strategic questions and ideas for action, all anchored in real stories, this book provides a path for adaptive changes in our ministries. The energy and passion of young people can infuse our congregations, creating vibrant disciples of Jesus Christ. Of course! - Bob McCarty, executive director, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
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