Do you have a love of Jesus and a heart for young people?
Interested in creating pathways for increased empathy and leadership roles
for younger people in our your church?
Join in a book study of “Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church” by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin.
The conversation will take place monthly on Zoom to discuss and digest this powerful tool which leads congregations to engage younger generations in a way that breaths vitality, life and energy into your whole church. This study is for staff, volunteers, committee members, etc. It will be a monthly study so these strategies can soak in and make a difference in your congregation.
We will meet the second Thursday of each month through May of 2021.
The next book discussion will be Thursday, April 8th
You must RSVP to receive the book club communications. A confirmation email will be sent to access the Zoom Meeting.
You can also join the SW MN Synod Book Club Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWMNSynodBookoftheMonth to follow and share about the book.
Whether you’ve joined the conversation before or not, whether you’ve read the book or not, the Growing Young Book Study conversations will support you as you think about your congregation and the actions we can begin to take now to prioritize young people and families everywhere.
Thursday, April 8th @ Noon
Ch. 7 – “Be the Best Neighbors: Loving and Shaping our World Well.”
Here’s something to think about:
Make a list of all the ways your church serves and engages both locally and globally – whether through organized group efforts, personally-motivated service or advocacy, or congregational/denominational initiatives.
- When you look at this list, what do you see? What questions does it raise? What encourages you?
In the conversation this week we’ll discuss:
- How do we answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” How are WE a neighbor?
- If our church moved away or no longer existed, for what would we be missed? Who would miss us the most?
- How are we being a mentoring community that helps teenagers and emerging adults discover their calling to be good neighbors?
- What kind of posture do we take toward cultural issues? How do young people respond to our conversations about these issues?
- What are we already doing to stay in touch with the culture around us?
- What are some of the positive and life-giving steps our congregation might take in the future to be the best neighbor to the world outside our doors??
Join the conversation!
Whether you’ve joined the conversation before or not, whether you’ve read the book or not, the Growing Young Book Study conversations will support you as you think about your congregation and the actions you can begin to take now to prioritize young people and families everywhere.
May 13 will be our last group conversation on Growing Young. We’ll encourage one another for implementation and steps already and going forward!
The Growing Young book study will be led by Pastor Dee Pederson (SW MN Synod Director for Evangelical Mission), Sister Sarah Hausken (SW MN Synod Youth Ministry Coordinator), Pastor Dale Degner (Christ Lutheran, Slayton), Gwen Degner (Christ Lutheran, Slayton), Nancy Johnson (First Lutheran, Pipestone), James Lucas (Faith Lutheran, Spicer), Pastor Kathleen Ulland- Klinkner (Our Saviors Lutheran, New Ulm) and Vicar Jon Wendt (First Lutheran, Worthington).