Taking Youth & Churches From Death to Life

“Maybe if we just embrace our young people, they will come to life.” –C.J. Cousins, Speaker, Living For Him The church in North America is losing its younger generations. Many of them grew up in Christian homes. Many went to church schools. They may have even been involved in church activities. But did anyone really…

Host a VISION Night

Benjamin Lundquist, #GrowingYoungAdventists Certified Speaker for the North Pacific Union Conference, shares a great practice in fostering keychain leadership and empathizing with today’s young people: Host a vision night. One of the best first steps in launching a young adult ministry at a local church or conference is to host a “Vision Night”, or a…

#GYA Certified Speakers

Growing Young Adventists is delighted to have passionate speakers who are serving as point persons across the North American Division. In addition to their experience in youth/young adult ministry and passion for next generations, they each have received Growing Young speaker certification from Fuller Youth Institute, Pasadena, CA. We’re glad to introduce our #GrowingYoungAdventists Certified…

Where to Begin? Define Your Reality.

The most effective kind of leadership starts by choosing to recognize reality. Before deciding where your church will go in the future, it focuses on understanding exactly where you are now. So what if you could take a snapshot of your congregation and better understand the nuances of your unique culture? What if you could…

Empathy: Leadership Begins with Listening

Want to reach out to unchurched Millennials? Begin by listening to the young adults in your church, or at least the ones on your church record books. How can we reach out to young adults we don’t know, if we don’t even converse with the young adults we know or know of? Generally, young strangers…

Warm is the New Cool

Fuel a Warm Community: “Warm is the new cool” in these congregations, where authenticity triumphs over worship style or a multitude of programs. Young people who participated in the research praised their churches for “warm” attributes, such as welcoming, belonging, accepting, hospitable, and caring. So many churches pour money and energy into flashy worship services…

What Keeps Millennials in Church

While many U.S. churches are losing members and vitality, others are bucking that trend by attracting and engaging young people. Instead of aging, these churches are “growing young.” Based on groundbreaking research that involved over 250 congregations, Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church profiles innovative churches that…

#GYA Heroes

Tell us about the adults in your faith communities who are showing up for today’s young people. Share stories about their courage, faithfulness, energy and boundless love. They come from all seasons of life. They are #GYA heroes because they love next generations  extraordinarily well. And we are so grateful for them. To our #GrowingYoungAdventists…

#GYA Social Media & Events

For Growing Young Adventists, social media is playing an instrumental role in sharing current activities, events, and developments.  The hashtags, #GYA and #GrowingYoungAdventists are used synonymously with Growing Young Adventists to build online positioning and for technological expediency. #GYA Facebook Page – With nearly 1000 likes, this social media page provides immediate information to a vast…

#GYA Sermon Series

An effective way to introduce #GrowingYoungAdventists to your church is to develop a sermon series to be shared with your congregation. Fuller Youth Institute has developed a couple of sample sermon outlines as well as free templates from which to customize sermon slides. Want to bring Growing Young ideas into your worship gatherings? Click on the…

#GYA Speakers Will Soon Be Available

In their desire to support, cheer, and resource congregations who wish to better engage and embrace next generations, the North American Division [NAD] is developing leaders from each of its nine unions to train and present Growing Young Adventists [#GYA]. Over the next several years, these point persons will encourage and equip Adventist communities who…

Growing Young

Fuller Youth Institute Research Shows How Leading U.S. Churches Are Growing Younger Instead of Grayer While many U.S. churches are losing members and vitality, others are bucking that trend by attracting and engaging young people. Instead of aging, these churches are “growing young.” Young people are not flocking to such churches for the music, coffee,…

FYI Growing Young Church Resources

Fuller Youth Institute provides an array of exceptional resources to help churches implement Growing Young. You will find a collection of free downloads to accompany your reading of Growing Young. You’ll discover ways to share the insights, stories, and strategies with your friends, colleagues, and wider congregation.

Season of Prayer

What if we were to pray together? All generations. You are wonderful, Lord, and you deserve all praise, because you are much greater than anyone can understand. Each generation will announce to the next your wonderful and powerful deeds. I will keep thinking about your marvelous glory and your mighty miracles. –Psalm 145:3-5 [CEV] This…

What is Growing Young Adventists?

Growing Young Adventists is a learning journey for local churches and leaders helping to build faith communities that will not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead. It is an inter-generational movement nurturing relationship building and cultural transformation that embraces young people and benefits all generations in the Adventist church. #GYA #GrowingYoung Adventists Let’s make…