Young people have changed.
Their world has too.
Why should youth ministry stay the same?
This book is for every youth leader who knows that change is part of youth ministry. It’s for adults and mentors whose hearts both sing and break over young people. And it is for courageous pastors who will do whatever it takes to faithfully serve their teenagers.
That’s right, this book is for you.
Building on over a dozen years of research and working intensively with cohorts of more than 50 youth ministries and 100 youth leaders, we’ve developed a step-by-step innovation process that equips youth leaders to effectively serve teenagers’ changing lives and support their long-term faith. Sticky Faith Innovation: How Your Compassion, Creativity, and Courage Can Support Teenagers' Lasting Faith will guide you time and time again as you propel your compassion, creativity, and courage toward cultivating a youth ministry that can respond to the changing needs of your young people.
“If ever there is a time when we need help with new ways to care for and encourage young people in their faith journey, it is now. From the deep dive into the latest research to broad-based applications, Sticky Faith Innovation is not a cookie-cutter quick fix, but offers a solid and proven way of taking teenagers’ faith and life seriously, and guiding you through a process to help you get there. You won’t find a more helpful or empowering book for your team.”
—Dr. Chap Clark, author, Sticky Faith and Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers
“Fuller Youth Institute has done it again! Ministry leaders interested in the changing face of youth ministry will want to read this compelling, creative, and convicting guide on ways to invite youth and adults alike to rethink how they walk alongside teenagers exploring identity, belonging, and purpose. Grounded in solid research and deep learning, Sticky Faith Innovation introduces a process that beckons youth ministry leaders to innovate. This book offers new insights that help youth ministry leaders grow in compassion for our young people even as we ourselves are transformed by our relationship with them.”
—Dr. Sarah F. Farmer, co-author, Raising Hope: Four Pathways to Courageous Living for Black Youth; General Editor, Joy: A Guide for Youth Ministry
“With so much change in our world, we need leaders who are compassionate, creative, and courageous, willing to envision a preferred future with teenagers. Everyone who seeks to design that youth ministry vision needs a faithful and proven guide for the journey. Sticky Faith Innovation is that guide that can get you “from here to there.” “
—April L. Diaz, author, Redefining the Role of a Youth Worker
“Teenagers need youth leaders who are filled with compassion and empathy to understand the changing world they’re growing up in. And we youth leaders must, more than ever, tap into our creativity and courage to take big swings for our youth ministries to reach them. This is the book to set you on that journey. I’m in.”
—Josh Griffin, co-founder, Download Youth Ministry