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Book Review – Growing Young

November 2, 2016

Growing Young is simply a must-read for any church leader (pastor, elder/deacon/ess, volunteer) who desires to see their church effectively connect with individuals under age 30.

Kara Powell, Jake Mulder & Brad Griffin (and their team) have collected and analyzed the data and identify six essential strategies for a local church to effectively serve and connect with young people. They present their results in a sequential manner that integrates the six elements well and adeptly show the connections between each characteristic. Mixing in well-chosen stories demonstrating each strategy, they effectively show churches of various denominational backgrounds, sizes, and locations can minister meaningfully to youth, regardless of their current demographic distribution. Because of this, Growing Young is an enjoyable read.

Also helpful, each chapter concludes with sections on Ideas for Action, Chapter Highlights, and Strategic Questions to Help You Grow Young. The “Ideas for Action” consistently begin (almost annoyingly so) with a reminder not to try to undertake every action, recognizing they may not fit your context. Yet they are a thorough review of the principles presented in a general checklist format, though again the repeated reminder to not use it as a checklist is given!

In short, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

PS In my opinion, the Fuller Youth Institute is overtaking George Barna and associates in both quality of research on church and evangelicalism and in their helpful explanation of data (see my review of Barna’s America at the Crossroads)

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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