Growing Young 

"Growing Young" is a fresh concept for congregations to engage in. Researched and developed by the Fuller Youth Institute over years of information gathering from a variety of communities and denominations, our local Growing Young facilitators will be holding a FLATT (Faithful Learning and Teaching Together) course through the Upstate New York Synod. See the information below and register to join in this opportunity!

Growing Young: Helping Congregations Authentically Engage Young People

4 Weeks 

Wednesdays at 7PM on November 4, 11, 18 and December 2

Class is Limited to 20 people

Led by Abby Mandris, Nick Stroczkowski, Megan Wolling, Pastor Norma Malfatti


"All churches grow old. Strategic churches grow young." - Growing Young Research 


This course will introduce participants to the growing young initiative and lead people through the six essential strategies to help young people discover and love your church. This is not a quick fix approach to filling your congregation with young people.  This is a culture change process that can lead to deeper and more meaningful relationships within your entire congregation and larger community. 

This course is based on the research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute with over 250 innovative churches engaging 15- to 29-year-olds that are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically.


REQUIRED MATERIALS: You will need to buy the book  Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin - available from the Fuller Youth Institute ( and your favorite online retailers


More about the leaders:

Abby Mandris is the Program Coordinator of Lutheran Youth of Western NY, and a trained Growing Young Facilitator. 

Nick Stroczkowski is the Director of Lutheran Youth of Western NY, the Water Front Director at LCLC and a trained Growing Young Facilitator. 

Megan Wolling is the Central Crossroads Youth Coordinator, Youth Director at St. Mark's, Baldwinsville and a trained Growing Young Facilitator. 

Pastor Norma Malfatti is the Director for Evangelical Mission for the Upstate NY Synod and a trained Growing Young Facilitator.

Session 1: Introduction & Empowering Leadership

Session 2: Empathy & Jesus' Message

Session 3: Warm Relationships Across Generations & Priority Setting Before Thanksgiving Break

Session 4: Being the Best Neighbors & Planning for the Future