“Put Away the Skinny Jeans” is the provocative title of a recent article in Christianity Today magazine heralding the release of the Fuller Youth Institute research on congregations effectively engaging young adults (ages 15-29). Click here to see the online article.
By studying 250 congregations from 20 denominations and 40 states, researchers Kara Powell, Brad Griffin and Jake Mulder found that warm relationships and involving young people in all facets of congregational life, including leadership, are more important than a particular style of worship or pastoral attire. Inspiring stories from participating congregations show young adults attracted to a congregation deeply involved in its neighborhood school and another congregation where the young people say the best thing about the church is the elderly gentleman with whom they have a great relationship.
While there aren’t easy answers to engaging young adults, the writers debunk some assumptions and offer some hopeful examples in this teaser for their recently released book, Growing Young. The Center for Congregations offers a February 2017 workshop on this material, led by Kara Powell, as well as other educational opportunities to help your congregation grow its capacity to engage young adults.