I am thankful for the work and research that is happening at Fuller Youth Institute. Here is an article promoting their up-coming book – Growing Young. It is written by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin.
For our book “Growing Young,” we researched more than 250 congregations. When we spoke to more than 1,300 young churchgoers, ages 15 to 29, they told us what they want: authenticity and connection.
When we analyzed the terms that young adults used to describe the churches or parishes that they chose, we noticed repeated words:welcoming, accepting, belonging, authentic, hospitable and caring. We began to call this the “warmth cluster.”
If you have a heart for ministering to the needs of emerging adults, you should stay connected to what is happening at the Fuller Youth Institute.
I only have one comment about the article, and it is the picture which I assume was not picked by the authors. Large Christian events are not what I would classify as the “Warm” sought out by the authors, but from my perspective would fall under the “Cool” method of doing ministry.