ADVENTIST NORTHWEST

Growing Young Cohort

THE ADVENTIST NORTHWEST GROWING YOUNG COHORT IS A LEARNING JOURNEY FOR CULTURAL CHANGE, IN ORDER TO CREATE THRIVING CHURCHES FOR ALL GENERATIONS, WHILE HELPING CHURCHES GROW YOUNG, BY REACHING, LOVING, AND EMPOWERING YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS MORE EFFECTIVELY.

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DEFINING REALITY AND DISCOVERING HOPE

Churches across the country are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. However, there are scores of congregations that are bucking this trend and developing cultures that welcome, empower, and engage teenagers and young adults.

The Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) has conducted groundbreaking research with over 250 of these leading congregations to learn what they do right. Based on this study of a diverse group of churches, six essential strategies have been discovered that any church can use to better involve and retain young people. What’s more, when these innovative churches engage younger generations, it breathes life and vitality into the whole church.

Through the Adventist Northwest Growing Young Cohort, we want to help you sort through the numerous strategies you could try and instead focus on what’s most essential in helping young people discover and love your church. This advanced cohort training model invites your team to journey with like-minded Seventh-day Adventist churches for one year, learning from the best research available, to help your church create a customized and strategic approach to building a thriving community for all generations, while growing younger.

SIX CORE COMMITMENTS

UNLEASHING THE PASSION OF ALL GENERATIONS

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Unlock keychain leadership: Instead of centralizing authority, empower others—especially young people.

Empathize with today’s young people: Instead of judging or criticizing, step into the shoes of this generation.

Take Jesus’ message seriously: Instead of asserting formulaic gospel claims, welcome young people into a Jesus-centered way of life.

Fuel a warm community: Instead of focusing on cool worship or programs, aim for warm peer and intergenerational friendships.

Prioritize young people (and families) everywhere: Instead of giving lip service to how much young people matter, look for creative ways to tangibly support, resource, and involve them in all facets of your congregation.

Be the best neighbors: Instead of condemning the world outside your walls, enable young people to neighbor well locally and globally.

 

Cohort TIMELINE

ARC OF THE THE GROWING YOUNG COHORT

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The following are the key dates and events for the Adventist Northwest Growing Young Cohort:

  • February 6 - Webinar #1

  • February/March - Summit #1

  • March 20 - Webinar #2

  • April - Coaching Call #1

  • May 22 - Webinar #3

  • June - Coachinar #1 (Point leaders and coaches)

  • July - Churches work on transformation plans

  • August 28 - Webinar #4

  • September - Coaching Call #2

  • October - Summit #2

  • November 20 - Webinar #5

  • December - Coachinar #2

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

REACTIONS TO GROWING YOUNG

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 “The six Growing Young strategies engage church leaders with their young people and strengthen congregations to reach their communities for Jesus. Get the book. Read the concepts. Empower your church.”

-Dr. Tracy Wood, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Youth Director

“At the heart Growing Young is a learning journey for cultural change, breathing life and vitality into the local church, while uniting all generations together for the cause of Christ”

-Benjamin Lundquist, Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Young Adult Director & North American Division Young Adult Ministries Coordinator

“The “journey with” mindset of the cohort process is where the profound and lasting transformation occurs. If churches are to be places of sustained growth, that all generations love, then intentional, long-lasting, curating of inclusive local ministry culture needs to be nurtured. In my mind the Adventist North West Growing Young Cohort affords such an opportunity for all churches who engage it.”

-Dr. Allan Martin, PhD, Younger Younger Generation Seventh-day Adventist Church

“Growing Young demonstrates 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, their leaders, as well as with youth and adults.”

- Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary

“Growing Young carries an urgent message. Young people need the Body of Christ—and vice-versa. This work is theologically informed, research savvy, and pragmatically outstanding.”

- John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church

“I can attest to the careful attention and rigorous research that the team brought to this topic…my strongest recommendation is for those committed to reaching the next generation of believers to read, engage, and apply this material.”

- Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, North Park Theological Seminary