If your congregation is looking to strengthen and focus your ministry, Pastor Elise Rothfusz, Director for Evangelical Mission for the C/SIS, recommends strategies and commitments highlighted in the book Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Powell, Mulder, and Griffin.
While the book reveals research about what young people love about their churches, this book is not about youth ministry. It is about cultivating a Jesus-centered, welcoming community which any congregation can work toward. The strategies highlighted are a solid foundation for any congregation’s ministry – whether to young people or other newcomers.
Pastor Elise is available to meet with councils, ministry teams, or lead workshops to get you started. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-753-7915. Here are some ideas to consider.