Churches Growing Younger!

What if growing younger as a church, didn’t rely on lighting effects, contemporary bands, trendy preachers in skinny jeans, super simple teaching and a young cool city centre venue?
Well the great news is that after years of research none of these things are essential! Good News! No matter where you are, what your current age is or even your preferred style of service. It is possible to be a church that grows young.
This resource comes from the Fuller Institute and has found 6 factors that are found in churches of all shape, size and geography that are growing younger. You can get more information about what they are here or you can buy the book on Amazon.
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

Mark Pexton, Senior Pastor of Leven Baptist Church

“Growing Young is a research study that has come out of the Fuller Youth Institute, profiling churches that are engaging well with 15-29 year-olds. It is not saying, that to engage well with the younger generation you need to be a large church. It is not saying that to engage well with the younger generation you need to provide all-singing, all-dancing services. The research has come up with six strategies (or mindsets that the church needs to commit to) which will open up your church to being a place that welcomes, keeps and integrates the younger generation into your church. It is pretty simple stuff, but the hard thing is to be willing to make it a part of the DNA of your church. As this is the missing generation in most of our churches it is a resource well worth taking note of. I would recommend every church leadership to buy this book and reflect on it.”

And someone else you may have heard of…

“Growing Young carries an urgent message. Young people need the body of Christ–and vice versa. This book is theologically informed, research savvy, and pragmatically outstanding. Read it now, before you get any older.”

John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, author of All The Places To Go

There is a way to help your church grow young! Our very good friends Scripture Union Scotland are running a series of events to help churches unpack this resource and we’d encourage you to get along to an event near you.

Check out the SU National Tour around Growing Young.

It’s an opportunity to explore some key research and consider what this could mean for your church, young people and mission in your community Further details and to book:

Growing Young National Tour
Inverness Culduthel Christian Centre, IV2 6AS 29 May 9:30am – 12:00pm
Edinburgh Carrubbers Christian Centre, EH1 1SR 29 May 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Falkirk Falkirk Free Church, FK2 8SN 29 May 8:30am – 11:00am
Dunfermline East Church of Scotland, KY11 8LW 30 May 8:00am – 10:30am
Glenrothes St Margaret’s CofS, KY7 5HD 30 May 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Dumfries Troqueer Church Centre, DG2 7DF 30 May 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Perth Letham St Mark’s, PH1 2HH 31 May 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Aberdeen Deeside Christian Fellowship, AB13 0JE 1 June 9:30am – 12:00pm
Borders Trinity CofS, Galashiels, TD1 1SE 2 June 9:00am – 11:30am
Glasgow St Silas Episcopal Church, G4 9JE 5 June 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Ayrshire The Ark, Ayr, KA7 1JB 6 June 9:30am – 12:00pm

Come and explore the findings of the Fuller Youth Institute’s ‘Growing Young’ research and consider resources and ideas from SU Scotland that may help you grow young people in your church and community. Refreshments, appropriate to the time of the event you attend, will be served at each venue.


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Ali Laing

Next Generation Development Coordinator

Baptist Union of Scotland