#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…

#GYA Texas Style

Hundreds of pastors and conference leaders recently gathered for the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists​ Pastors’ Retreat, held at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa.  Fuller Youth Institute​’s Jake Mulder​ and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists​’ Daniel R. Jackson​ powerfully presented Growing Young Adventists​, challenging each of our churches to become the best place…

#GYA Breakout at NAD Teachers’ Convention

With over 6,000 educators convened for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Teachers’ Convention, it was standing room only for the Growing Young Adventists breakout session led by Ken Rogers and Steve Case. Steve offered, “Ken gave a great presentation on ‘Unlocking Keychain Leadership’ with personal stories and suggestions for educators in addition to…

Free Resources

Our desire is to cheer, support, and resource congregations who desire the vitality of our young people and the great relationships they bring. We also recognize the reality that budget for “resourcing” can be at times, let’s admit it. . . shoestring. Although funds may be meager, #GrowingYoungAdventists [#GYA] wants to encourage your innovation and…

#GYA Goes To Summer Camp

#GrowingYoungAdventists [#GYA] – This past summer, Benjamin Lundquist, Oregon Conference Young Adult Ministry director, taught #GYA content to young adult summer camp staff members. He encouraged the application of the #GYA commitments in the Summer camp setting, with the goal being to help camp continue to grow young through both campers and staff engagement and…

Book Review: Growing Young

Powell, Kara, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin. Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2016. 330 pp. Hardcover, $19.99. Growing Young is a collective work from three authors. The work is birthed out of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a research institute in Pasadena,…

AUC Youth Engagement Summit

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia [AUC] took a monumental stride forward in growing young at a recent summit gathered in Melbourne.   “We had an Australia-wide Youth and Young Adult Engagement Summit with Presidents, Youth Directors, Education Directors and key young adult leaders from each State/Conference,” lauded #GrowingYoungAdventists Certified Speaker, Alina van Rensburg. “I had…

#GYA Speakers Certified

This Spring, over 30 Adventist church members, leaders, and innovators, from across the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists [NAD], convened at Fuller Youth Institute [FYI] in Pasadena, California, to complete the Growing Young Certified Speaker training as well as participate in the Growing Young Cohort Summit. In their desire to support, cheer, and resource…

The Growing Young Project: NPUC

While many churches are losing members and vitality, others are bucking that trend by attracting and engaging young people. Instead of aging, some churches are growing young. For the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [NPUC], “Growing Young” tops the list of current priorities across their territory which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and…

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…

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…