Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a plan that any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the WHOLE church and deepen the faith of your young people as well as their connection and sense of belonging in your congregation.
Growing Young isn’t about changing youth ministry,
it’s about changing church culture.
In November 2020, we held online presentations about the book Growing Young. We shared information and stories, as well as next steps in the Pacifica Synod’s commitment to walk with congregations in Growing Young. If you missed either of the presentations, you may find them on our Synod YouTube channel found here.
Beginning in January 2021, we will be hosting monthly, online Zoom conversations until June, each focusing on one of the six Growing Young Core Commitments. Each of these free, one-hour sessions will be offered once during the day and once during the evening.
While reading the book Growing Young is not a prerequisite of participating in the conversations, reading the chapter that will be discussed is encouraged. The book may be purchased through Fuller Youth Institute, Amazon or your favorite bookseller. For those who use a Kindle, we have FREE download codes for those who would use them. Please contact Terri Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a code sent to you by email.
Below are dates and times of each of the sessions. Pre-registration for each session is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Please click here to register. We encourage you to share these dates and link with others in your congregation.
Session One – Unlock Keychain Leadership (Chapters 1 & 2)
Tuesday, January 12 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 14 – 6:30 PM
Session Two – Empathize with Today’s Young People (Chapter 3)
Thursday, February 4 – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, February 9 – 11:00 AM
Session Three – Take Jesus’ Message Seriously (Chapter 4)
Tuesday, March 9 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, March 11 – 6:30 PM
Session Four – Fuel Warm Relationships (Chapter 5)
Tuesday, April 13 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, April 15 – 6:30 PM
Session Five – Prioritize Young People/Families Everywhere (Chapter 6)
Tuesday, May 11 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 13 – 6:30 PM
Session Six – Be the Best Neighbors (Chapter 7)
Tuesday, June 8 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, June 10 – 6:30 PM
Pastor Tom Goellrich, Deacon Mindy Bugaj and Terri Robertson are currently serving on the team developing and leading this ministry, but we invite others to join us. For more information about Growing Young or if you'd like to serve on this team, please email Terri Robertson at email@example.com.