Free Resources

Our desire is to cheer, support, and resource congregations who desire the vitality of our young people and the great relationships they bring. We also recognize the reality that budget for “resourcing” can be at times, let’s admit it. . . shoestring. Although funds may be meager, #GrowingYoungAdventists [#GYA] wants to encourage your innovation and…

You’re Invited to Grow Young

Does it feel like everything around you is changing? Your church is growing older and you wish there was more energy and vitality. Your church doesn’t have the young people it once did, and you don’t know what has changed and why your church isn’t connecting anymore. The pandemic has changed the way you have…

Growing Together Podcast

The typical church in the United States is growing older and growing smaller. Research indicates that as many as half of the people growing up in Christian churches today will end up walking away from their religious affiliation. The Growing Together Podcast is all about honest and hopeful conversation with leaders who are challenging the…

Making the Most of This Time

Did you know that Isaac Newton was a college student during the Great Plague of London in 1665? Although it would take another 200 years for doctors to understand what caused the sickness, folks had enough sense to send students home to practice social-distancing. Back in London, a fourth of the population would die of…

Young Adults are the Key to the Church’s Pandemic Crisis

You’ve probably noticed the various ministries, church growth specialists, and spiritual experts seeking to help the local church through the COVID-19 crisis. For many unsuspecting church leaders, the coronavirus can feel like they are staring into the abyss of uncertainty, and who can blame them? It is an unsettling time, and our church leaders need…

Brave New World

We are poised for the pandemic. Although the worldwide COVID-19 breakout provides more than enough opportunity for foreboding and dismal news, in many ways Adventists have been preparing and are poised to be agents of hope in times such as this. As evidenced in our name alone, our anticipation of Jesus’ soon arrival can be…

“OK, Elder BoomXerZ!”

The other day I was in a deeply philosophical conversation with one of my camp staff about Eminem’s recent Oscar performance. My staff thought it was lame, I descended into a discourse on the history of Em’s and the entertainment industry’s rocky relationship and the maturing of an entertainer. To which my camp staff responded…

Adventists Australia Growing Together Cohort

February of 2020, Australian Growing Together Summit was launched at multiple locations across the country, with over 600 local church leaders and pastors coming together over two weekends – Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. In an ambitious endeavor to share the summit across the entire continent, the Growing Together team synchronized broadcasts between the summit…

Sanctified Shark Tank

In 2017, the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [SECC] with the full support of their administration and under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Park, SECC Executive Secretary, embarked on an innovative evangelism project. Funded by SECC in partnership with Evangelism Endowment funds from the Pacific Union, the project allowed SECC churches to get creative…

Retreats That Build Momentum

Yearly young adult ministry retreats can serve as “keystone events,” helping to create momentum and rhythms for conference level and local church calendars. The goal is to use these retreats to funnel momentum and energy back to the local church, as well as connect young adults who are currently not plugged in, by giving them…

I Love Tacos

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love tacos. My favorites are carne asada and fish tacos. I love tacos with not a whole bunch of toppings, just cilantro, onion, guacamole and of course salsa. Simple but delicious. They taste even better if the tortillas are made from scratch. I recently told my wife, “After…

What If

The headlines and headcounts all herald that “young people have left the building” when it comes to church. Likely you too have sensed the fading of young faces from faith life. Granted, you run into students and young professionals you know and love at almost every intersection of everyday life. But when it comes to…

Beginning to Swell

God is an amazing God, and He’s continued to show that day after day, month after month, and year after year. At Growing Young Adventists, we are so grateful for the endeavors of the North American Division [NAD] to include and laud young adult leadership. We truly believe we are headed in the right direction…

Brimming Full

As a high school student, I loved to go to leadership camp where we had opportunity to do all kinds of team building activities and group dynamic exercises. A fun one involved a large steel drum riddled with holes, where teams would attempt to fill the drum with as much water as possible. It was…

The Snowbird Phenomenon

Most of my childhood was spent in Florida, United States, which is known as the Sunshine State. As a kid I was always amazed during the height of winter when we locals would be layered and bundled, that visitors would be in shorts and flip flops—some even enjoying the beach or swimming in a pool….

SECC Growing Together in Christ

With “Growing Together in Christ” as their theme, the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [SECC] has embarked on an ambitious multi-faceted endeavor which includes, ENGAGE. We ENGAGE next generation leaders as a welcoming Christian community, through thriving ministries for youth and young adults, and in the development of leadership opportunities to serve that shape our…

God Broke Through

“Change is Possible” – Adventist Northwest Growing Young Cohort. Pastor Dustin Serns shares the story of growth, change, and hope that is taking place at the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North Pacific Union. Through God’s leading this church is on journey from surviving to thriving. This “growing young” story can be the…