Growing Young by Powell, Mulder, and Griffin

9780801019258There seems to be an increasing departure of individuals under the age of 30 leaving the church. Why is this? In the book Growing Young the authors give the reasoning they believe this is occurring. They are noticing a trend in a lot of churches to downplay young people as immature and unready to handle responsibilities. While this may be true of some this does not mean that it is true of all.

For example, the authors point out is that there needs to be a handing over of responsibilities to younger people who have a desire to help the church. With mentoring,  young people can become more influential people and, in the process, gain the maturation they need.

I really appreciate this book because I myself am experiencing this with our church. Our church  has a high number of people under the age of 30 who either do not attend that once did or who were attenders and then as they grew older. What are the comments on this?

Allow the influence of younger people via their energy and passion but keep it guided by the maturity of the senior leadership. By doing this, things can get accomplished by the vitality of the younger generation and mistakes may be avoided by the wisdom of the older generation.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


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