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Review Parents, families, and churches often struggle with how to get and keep children and young people interested and invested in Christian faith and church life, especially as culture and technology change at an increasingly faster pace. Growing Young provides practical answer to this question based on serious empirical research. I know of no book quite like it and recommend it highly.?- Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, National Study of Youth and Religion, author of Soul Searching and Lost in TransitionThrough a series of surveys and studies, the authors discovered many positives about how churches function as well as areas where churches can improve outreach programs to appeal to teens, college-age students, and young professionals. Readers will appreciate that each chapter includes accounts of churches successfully executing [the books] suggestions. In addition to explaining how to make these changes happen, the authors provide a summary of highlights at the end of each chapter along with strategic questions to help the readers church grow younger. ?- Publishers WeeklyAt various points throughout the development of this book, I was afforded the privilege of engaging both the project and the researchers. I can attest to the careful attention and rigorous research that the team brought to this topic. During a time period in our American church narrative when it is imperative that more attention be paid to how best to reach young people, Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin have developed an important and significant resource. My strongest recommendation for those committed to reaching the next generation of believers is to purchase, read, engage, and apply this book.?- Soong-Chan Rah, North Park Theological Seminary, author of Prophetic Lament Every decade or so a book comes along that reminds us why childrens, youth, and young adult ministry really matters. Growing Young goes far beyond the average book. It not only champions the best practices of growing churches everywhere, it also digs deep into the core issues that are crucial for making a forever impact in the heart and soul of young people. This book is a must-read for any leader or team who is investing in the future faith of the next generation.?- Reggie Joiner, CEO of Orange rethink, author of Think OrangeWhats irresistible about Growing Young is that its not primarily about age--its about hope. Through story after compelling story, the authors demonstrate how prioritizing the young is a church-changing strategy, not a youth ministry-changing strategy, and how pursuing Jesus by growing young fundamentally changes the ways congregations interact with their communities and their leaders, as well as with youth and adults. With refreshing candor, this book blows the sanctuary doors open thanks to its insistence on following Christ in a way that prioritizes listening, empathy, and care for all young people and families, not just the Christian ones. If youre looking for a book on youth ministry--keep looking. This book is for the church. At last.?- Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Seminary, author of Almost Christian Read more From the Inside Flap Unleashing the passion of young people in your church is possible!Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of 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 teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 Women to Watch, Kara is the author or coauthor of several books, including Sticky Faith, and a regular speaker at national leadership and youth ministry conferences across the country.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.Brad Griffin is associate director of the Fuller Youth Institute. A speaker, blogger, and youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of several Sticky Faith resources as well as Can I Ask That? 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. He speaks nationally at churches, leadership training events, and youth ministry conferences. Read more See all Editorial Reviews