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Does your church feel stuck, like it’s not reaching today’s young people?

  • Your church used to have young people, but now you wonder where they’ve all gone.
  • You are quietly losing members, momentum, and vitality.
  • You keep guessing or hoping that you’re focusing your church’s energy in the right places.
  • You’ve had to make radical shifts because of the pandemic, and you are uncertain where to go next.
  • You’re tired of feeling stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed.
  • You know young people who are hurting, but you’re not sure how to help.

Stop guessing at trends and let our expert church training lead you forward.

Growing Young Online Cohort

A year-long virtual cohort with digital summits

Launching in January 2023

3 digital summits where you’ll learn from ministry experts

Access to our comprehensive Growing Young church assessment tool

One year of personalized coaching with experts addressing today’s most pressing conversations

Training webinars with FYI researchers and leaders

Downloadable Growing Young Video Curriculum to help implement your Growing Young Vision

In-depth online training course on the 6 Core Commitments

Connection with an exclusive community of fellow cohort churches

Our Growing Young cohorts will help you unleash the potential of your congregation and create a strategy for lasting culture change.

Over the past five years, the Fuller Youth Institute has journeyed with over 600 diverse congregations to help them reach and engage teenagers and young adults in their communities like never before. Rooted in our groundbreaking Growing Young research, we’ll walk with you and your team as you breathe life and vitality for the whole church through six essential strategies.

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Your Plan to Grow a Thriving Church



Register for a 2022-23 Growing Young cohort.

2. Train

Learn from ministry experts and receive personalized coaching.

3. grow

Craft a plan and put your strategy in action to engage  teenagers & young adults like never before. 

Meet Your Guides

Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) is an innovative branch of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA led by Dr. Kara Powell, a national expert in young people and the church.

FYI has researched over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations and innovative churches, ones that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and growing spiritually and often numerically. Our resources have helped over 250,000 senior leaders, youth leaders, and parents in supporting and developing the faith of the next generation.

Past ministry experts and keynote speakers include:

What do I get when I join a cohort?


If your church is like so many others in the US, you’re dedicated to leading and developing followers of Jesus of all ages. But something’s missing.

Young people. Twentysomethings. Teenagers. Maybe they’re not completely absent, but there sure aren’t as many as you’d like to see.

If your church seems to be aging every year, you’re not alone. You’re actually part of an overwhelming trend.

While 18-29 year olds make up 17% of our overall population, they constitute only 10% of churchgoers. In fact, many churches across the United States are shrinking and aging overall, and even closing their doors. The stats are sobering.

There’s good news for churches across the nation.

We’ve studied over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, developing groundbreaking research from intentional, healthy churches that are growing—spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and even numerically⁠— and are filled with the passion of young people who are involved across a variety of ministries.

We want to share everything we learned with you.


Throughout your cohort experience, our FYI team will be your guide as you focus on what’s most essential to helping teenagers and young adults discover and love your church. Our advanced training model brings together churches that are committed to growing young.

We know that you invest in resources carefully. Conferences can be encouraging, but too general. And seminars are often interesting, but too short. What your team really needs is:

    • Research-based resources which bring proven results
    • A coach to guide you
    • Feedback from peer churches
    • Extended time together
    • Encouragement to turn ideas into strategies
    • Accountability to follow through
    • Space to discuss today’s most pressing conversations

All churches grow old. But strategic churches are Growing Young.

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Help your church reach teenagers & young adults like never before

Have questions about our Growing Young Cohorts?

Contact Zach, Cohort Director for the Fuller Youth Institute.