3 MORE Simple Ways to Love Your Youth (with Amy Lee Turner)

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What is the secret to keeping our young people in church?

What if I told you that for the first time ever, there is a solid answer to this question?

Like many of you, I grew up in a church with lots of young people and very few of them are still in church.

Many of them left for all kinds of reasons. Some felt judged. Others felt ignored. And others still just didn’t connect for a variety of reasons.

And for years, church leaders have been publishing articles on why young people leave and the reasons feel as endless as the articles. In the end, it’s all super overwhelming.

But what if instead of asking - why do young people leave? We asked instead, Why do young people stay?

Asking this question is the foundation behind the groundbreaking book “Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church”.

In this book, the authors share how they went on a journey with a number of churches succeeding at retaining their young people. They were curious - what is it about these churches that makes young people stay when so many of them are leaving other churches?

The result of all their research were 6 essential things that all these diverse churches had in common. And these six keys are seriously the best answer to the question - how can we keep our youth? Here are the keys below:


Now of course, if you really want to get the most out of this research you have to get the book! However, I have also taken the time to do two interviews where we explore all six keys outlined in the book. The first interview released a few weeks ago and you can catch it here.

The second interview I am publishing new this week! I sat down with Assistant Youth Director of the Western Australian Conference, Amy Lee Turner, to talk about keeping our young people!

We chatted about judgmentalism, rigid doom-and-gloom preaching and church boards that scare their youth away. But we also talked about community, mentorship, Jesus-centered leadership and the beauty of relationships in our churches.

This is one interview that is going to keep you shouting “yes!” over and over again. Don’t miss it! Listen below:

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Or email her at amyturner@adventist.org.au

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