Growing Young in Southwest Michigan Workshop & Keynote Presentation

Growing Young in Southwest Michigan Workshop & Keynote Presentation

Event Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Too many churches in southwest Michigan are struggling to involve and retain young people…let alone to unleash young people’s passion and potential to change the world. Drawing on his own experience growing up in southwest Michigan, former Camp Geneva counselor and current Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute, Jake Mulder will share research and ideas gleaned from one of the most comprehensive and collaborative studies of churches that are excelling with teenagers and young adults. The insights will be both proven and practical, allowing your church to take immediate and lasting next steps toward more effective ministry with young people that infuse energy and vitality into your overall congregation.

The daylong workshop is designed for church leaders (senior and associate pastors, key volunteers, board members, youth leaders, and anyone else who cares about young people) to do a deep dive into the essentials of Growing Young, Sticky Faith, and other cutting-edge research from the Fuller Youth Institute. The workshop will also provide training on how to lead the necessary culture change in your church. Seating will be around tables and the workshop will include both presentation and team time to determine next steps.

The evening keynote presentation is designed for those in your church who care about young people but can’t give up an entire day for the workshop. Consider having a smaller team attend the workshop, then inviting a larger group from your congregation to attend the keynote. In the keynote participants will gain exposure to the most important elements of FYI’s research (including both leadership and parenting insights), better understand the importance of their role in ministry with young people (regardless of their age or position), and will be invited to partner with you to prioritize young people in a way that helps everyone in the church win.


Event Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018


      Check-in: 9:00am-9:30am 

      Workshop: 9:30am-5:00pm

      Lunch: 12:00-12:45pm (included for workshop attendees)

      Dinner & Keynote Registration: 5:00-6:15pm (dinner included for both workshop and keynote attendees)

      Keynote: 6:15-8:00pm 

Who Should Attend? This event is meant for senior pastors, teaching pastors, youth pastors, children's ministry leaders, lay people, etc.

Location: ARC at GENEVA Shores

Program Costs:

      $75 per person - includes workshop & keynote, lunch & dinner

      $30 per person - includes keynote & dinner

      Early Bird Discount: Save $10 per person if registered by February 13th.
      (Also included is a 30% dicount code off the Growing Young Assessment*)

      Cancellation Fee: $10

*The assessment is an academically-validated survey tool that provides vital insights about your church's effectiveness with young people. Based on the 6 core commitments discovered during four years of Growing Young research, the assessment will highlight both strengths and growth areas based on data collected from you, your team, or your entire congregation. To learn more about the assessment, visit 

If you don't already have the Growing Young book, you can purchase it at

Growing Young in the News: 
Christianity Today
Washington Post
Outreach Magazine

Jake Mulder, MDiv, is coauthor of Growing Young, director of strategic initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute and is pursuing a PhD in church leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including as a Reformed Church of America youth pastor in southwest Michigan, ministry director with Youth for Christ, and missionary with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia.

Deadline to register: March 3, 2018 

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Questions? Email or call 616.399.3150


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