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Growing Young Information Evening for Church of Scotland congregations

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Kinross Parish Church

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Most congregations in the Church of Scotland are shrinking and aging – but how do we change this pattern?

Join us as we explore the possibility of running a Growing Young Cohort in Scotland in partnership with Fuller Youth Institute – drawing on their expertise and experience to help churches in Scotland reshape what they do to reach and draw in younger generations.

And be prepared for some surprises because the evidence is that a culture that forms young people in the image of Jesus isn’t just good for young people – it tends to be good for every generation in the whole church!

We invite you to send 4 people from your congregation to this event to find out more and explore whether this is something that you might be part of.

We will be joined via video link by two of the authors of Growing Young - Brad Griffin Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and Jake Mulder Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Background

Following groundbreaking research with over 250 congregations in the USA, Fuller Institute in Los Angeles have been able to highlight six key elements found in churches that involve and retain 15- to 29-year-olds. Building on this, they have provided training, mentoring and support for churches through a year-long programme - with 89% of cohort participants describing it as “the best training they’ve ever received.”

Supported by staff from Fuller Youth Institute we are planning to offer 24 Church of Scotland congregations the opportunity to engage with the findings of the research by forming a Growing Young cohort. Through learning, sharing and praying together we hope to spur one another on as we seek to reshape what we do so that the pattern of shrinking and aging is replaced by churches Growing Young.

The programme for churches will include

  • 2 in-person summits (Fri/Sat) for 4 people from each congregation *

  • Monthly training webinars with FYI researchers and leaders

  • A full year of personalized coaching

  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessments

  • Access to an exclusive community of fellow cohort churches

* two of the team from Fuller will join us for these summits

The cost for each congregation will be £3,000 but we hope that this will be reduced by each Presbytery contributing £1,000 towards this and that outside funding might be secured to cover a further £1,000.

You’ll find more information about a Growing Young Cohort here: https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/growingyoung/cohort

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