Some churches are beginning to dwindle. The youth aren’t coming as much and the congregation is slowly aging. This is something I have definitely noticed in the church I grew up in. I am the only one from my youth group who still attends (and I am no longer considered a youth). However, I see other churches thriving with a large inter-generational amount of members. There has to be some reason why some churches seem to be thriving and some seem to be fading.
In Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin, the authors set out on a journey to discover more about the characteristics that thriving churches have. The amount of research they put into this project is staggering. They conducted hundreds of surveys and interviews with members of all ages across a broad spectrum of denominations and church sizes. Luckily for us, they have condensed their research down into what they believe are the essentials. They do remind us that this is not an exact science, but their research shows a correlation between their 6 strategies and churches that are rich with life.
Their first chapter describes how they set out to undertake this research journey. Each of the following six chapters focuses on one of the six characteristics they found that churches had in common. In these chapters, they give explanations, examples, and share research. This is followed by bullet points highlighting certain key aspects of the chapter, as well as questions to help the reader reflect on their churches position or progress in that aspect. The final chapter helps the reader make a plan to put what they’ve learned into practice.
The book is well researched, but doesn’t get to tedious about the information which I appreciated. I enjoyed the quotes and the narratives because they help personalize the content. This is an intriguing and helpful book for those who want to begin the process of understanding how to help their churches grow young.
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