Helping Girls Grow in Jesus
Welcome to Grow!
If you’re considering using Grow, chances are you are already invested in supporting teen girls in practical ways as they navigate the often-tumultuous journey from childhood to adulthood. Thank you for your heart’s desire to walk alongside girls as they mature into the women God has called them to be.
While all teens struggle with things such as purpose, confidence and identity, girls’ struggles are often magnified in light of the considerable cultural pressures placed upon the female gender in general. According to Ellen Duffield, author of The Brave Way, by age six girls in the West have already been socialized to believe that boys have the potential to be smarter than girls, and by age seven many girls believe they are valued more for their looks than their character. Similarly, Claire Shipman, Katty Kay, and JillEllyn Riley, authors of The Confidence Code for Girls, found that girls’ confidence falls 30 per cent from age 8 to 14 and often does not recover as they transition into adulthood. Writing for The Atlantic, they share:
"The girls we talked with and polled detailed . . . a worrisome shift. From girls 12 and under, we heard things such as “I make friends really easily—I can go up to anyone and start a conversation” and “I love writing poetry and I don’t care if anyone else thinks it’s good or bad.” A year or more into their teens, it was “I feel like everybody is so smart and pretty and I’m just this ugly girl without friends,” and “I feel that if I acted like my true self that no one would like me."
The vision of Grow is that, through intentionally investing in teen girls, some of these trends might be reversed or even stopped before they take root. We long to see girls grow in their identity as beloved children of God and to understand their worth and potential to make a positive impact in the world around them as their “roots grow deep into Jesus.” (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
We recognize that ages 12 to 17 feels like a wide age range – that’s because it is! If you have the resources, we would suggest breaking your girls into two groups: ages 12 to 14 and ages 15 to 17. If this is not possible, be mindful of the differing maturity levels and life experiences present in your group. That said, not all girls of the same age will be of the same maturity, nor will they have similar life experiences. Avoid making assumptions or stereotyping the girls based on age, and be sure to listen well to the parts of their story they are willing to share.
How Grow Works
The Grow curriculum is divided into 12 modules:
Modules 1 to 5 are about self-leadership
1. Grow Your Story
- You have a story. Your story matters
2. Grow Your Individuality
- You are unique. Your personality matters.
- You are loved. Knowing who you are matters.
- You have a purpose. Knowing why you are here matters.
- You can dream big. Your goals matter.
6. Grow Your Faith
- You can trust God. Your faith matters.
- You are forgiven. You matter to God.
- The choices you make are important. Who you choose to follow matters.
- You exist in community. Your relationships matter.
10. Grow Your Gratitude
- You can choose to be thankful. Your attitude matters.
- Your can choose to speak up. Your voice matters.
- You can be brave. Your actions matter.
Each module contains the following elements:
- Build excitement through activities and games that introduce the theme of the module.
- Interactive learning opportunities to help girls understand themselves and the world around them.
- Dive into the Bible to discover what God says about growing.
- Help girls see how they can apply God’s truth to their lives.
- Explore difficult topics such as media, sex and race in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental setting.
- Cooking, resume writing, and other skills that will help girls launch into independence.
In keeping with the Fourfold Method of Women’s Ministries International, each module will include some aspect of the Fourfold elements:
If you are interested in using Grow in your ministry, please contact your
divisional Salvation Army Women's Ministries department.
The Grow curriculum is available at no cost, but is password protected.
For out-of-territory requests, please contact us at CANfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Grow is written by
Captain Laura Van Schaick
Full Leader's Guide (PDF)
Registration and Letters To Parents
We encourage leaders to send an informative introductory letter to parents/guardians of girls prior to starting Grow, outlining some of the themes that girls will be exploring through the program.
These posters and social posts have been created for you to use to promote Grow to girls in your ministry unit and community.
Fillable Poster (PDF)
Social Post - Bible Verse (PNG)
Social Post - Contact (PNG)