Over the past five years, I have been blessed to get to know Kara Powell and Brad Griffin from the Fuller Youth Institute. In 2006, I got my first glimpse of the initial findings from the College Transitions Project research when Kara presented at AYME (Association of Youth Ministry Educators). Since then, I have followed closely FYI’s findings as they relate to what they have coined Sticky Faith.
The College Transitions Project followed the lives of youth from youth ministries similar to yours as they journeyed to college. The project sought to learn how this transition affected a young person’s faith. I am grateful to FYI for taking on such an important project and for the practical ways in which they are sharing their results.
If you have not picked up a copy of Sticky Faith, then you need to buy it today. No one is claiming that the project was a perfect analysis of all the teenagers in this country, however FYI has researched, investigate, interviewed, and faithfully sought to learn and share as much as they can on this subject. I believe their findings will hit close to home for most of you.
The research itself did not provide shocking results, but instead confirmed many youth ministers’ hunches. It provided evidence. Then, FYI has faithfully sought to learn what they can from the research about what makes Faith Stick. When is the tape or glue holding a young persons identity in Christ together to weak? How can we recognize this? What practices can we implement that make Faith Sticky?
You will find insights into the research and practical responses inside the pages of Sticky Faith. They provide insights into what you can do as a youth worker, how you can help families, and what the church can do to build lasting faith in young people. I personally was blessed by the chapter on helping parents both in thinking about my own parenting and thinking about how to better equip parents.
Thank you to Kara, Brad, and Cheryl for your investment in this project on behalf of youth ministry over the past 8 years. We look forward to continuing to learn together how to make Faith Sticky!
After you read the book, check out FYI’s new Sticky Faith Teen curriculum that just came out last week. You can also try out a sample lesson from the curriculum called How do I see myself after Graduation? by Kara and Brad. Finally, don’t miss out on FYI’s new parent curriculum either made up of 5 great lessons to help parents
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.