Endorsed by Curators:
All churches grow old, but strategic churches are growing young.
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nations leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. It profiles innovative churches engaging 15- to 29-year-olds that are growingspiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to position their churches to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church.
At the Growing Young Bay Area Workshop, Jake Mulder from Fuller Youth Institute and coauthor of Growing Young will lead us through some of their groundbreaking research and "core commitments" of churches who are being revitalized by involving and retaining young people. This is a one day regional event that is geared for both individuals and groups from local churches. Jake will lead us through 3 of the 6 core commitments, debunk myths about the changes churches need to make to grow, offer guidance on creating a plan for change, and offer helpful sidebars, case studies, and other tools and ideas for action to grow young. Lunch is included, and copies of the book "Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church" will be for sale on site.
If you miss the deadline to register, you can still purchase tickets at the door.
8:30 Registration starts
9:00 Presentation of 2 Core Commitments (with small group discussions and Q&A time with Jake)
1:00 Presentation of 3rd Core Commitment
2:00 Q&A with Jake, Growing Young stories, and cohort information
Jake Mulder Bio
Jake Mulder is the director of strategic initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute and is pursuing a PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including as a youth pastor in the Reformed Church of America, ministry director with Youth for Christ, and missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia.
Sponsoring Churches: 3 churches who participated in this past year's Growing Young Cohort with Fuller Youth Institute are helping sponsor this workshop. They are:
Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, CA (www.saratogafederated.org)
The Highway Community in Mountain View, CA (www.highway.org)
Campbell Church of Christ in Campbell, CA (www.campbellchurch.org)