Studies reveal that most churches are aging and shrinking! As we and our active church folks age, the average age of our congregations increase. Eventually, due to death, conflict, or happenstance, our numbers decline.

We are not left powerless in the face of these daunting realities. Growing Young is a resource that explores 6 Core Characteristics of Jesus-Centered communities that are actively involving and retaining people of all ages, especially 15-29-year-olds. Through listening, reflection, discernment, and experimentation, Growing Young gives us the framework and support to make lasting and life-giving changes within our congregations so that we don’t get in the way of what God is already up to in our communities.

Are you a Growing Young Seeker? Contact Stacey Burke, Growing Young Coordinator at to begin the process of Growing Young within your congregation.

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