In this episode, I interview Brad Griffin of Fuller Youth Institute. Brad and I talk about the book, Growing Young, which is all about six essential strategies that help churches reach young people and create churches they love to attend. Brad and I dive into some questions about how to apply it practically, look at what churches are currently doing to apply the principles in this book, what's working, and what's not working.

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One Year Anniversary

The One Year Anniversary of the podcast is Tuesday, May 16th. You won't want to miss this episode! Like on Facebook and check your email for giveaways and more info as it approaches. I'll also be doing a special Q&A episode, where I answer a lot of questions that you've sent in throughout the year. If you'd like to submit a question, email me at, send it on Twitter @nickblevins, or click the “Ask a Question” button on the right side of this page to leave a message. I'd love to hear from you!

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Growing Young (book) – Dr. Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin dive into the six essential strategies that help churches reach young people and create churches they love to attend – Check out more resources for Growing Young

FREE Assessment – See where your church lands with regards to the six core strategies

Kara Powell and Carey Nieuwhof talk Growing Young – Carey Nieuwhof interviews Dr. Kara Powell about what she has discovered about what matters and what doesn't when it comes to reaching young people

Sticky Faith (book) – Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark talk about the relationships and best practices required to help young people develop long-term faith

Growing Young Found that These Things Didn't Matter

  1. Church size
  2. Church age
  3. Location or region of the country
  4. Denomination

A Strategy of Disproportionate Prioritization

  1. Intentionally pay attention to young people
  2. Support and equip parents
  3. Does something in the service speak to them?
  4. Are they represented in who is leading or guiding programs?
  5. Do they have any kind of meaningful work to do in the service?

Action Items

  1. Get the book, Growing Young
  2. Take the free assessment, and plan to take the bigger one in the fall
  3. Gather young leaders in your church, get to know them, and invite them to share their input with you

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In the next episode, I interview Jared Massey. Jared and I talk about what children's ministry at a small church looks like. Jared shares his definition of a small church, and why he is passionate about leaders who serve in a small church context. If you serve in children's or student ministry, the principles apply across the board.