3 Big Questions
That Change Every Teenager

Making the Most of your Conversations and Connections

Kara Powell & Brad M. Griffin

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A roadmap to the teenagers in your life


Every teenager is a walking bundle of questions. But at the core live these three:

- Who am I?
- Where do I fit?
- What difference can I make?

Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: that they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

Based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and in-depth interviews with data from 2,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.

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Learn about the authors

Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Chief of Leadership Formation and Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange and speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara has authored or coauthored numerous books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing With, Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family and the entire Sticky Faith series, and Can I Ask That? Kara and her husband, Dave, are regularly inspired by the learning and laughter that comes from their three teenage and young adult children.

Brad Griffin

Brad Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

Praise for 3 Big Questions:

Every youth worker and parent wonders if they really know what’s happening with the teenagers they care about most. 3 Big Questions empowers you to understand young people and, more importantly, equips you with countless practical ideas for what to say and do so they experience Jesus more fully. This is exactly what’s needed to help parents and leaders win with teenagers!

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Doug Fields

cofounder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com

Kara and Brad help us understand the unique challenges teenagers are confronting today, identify their greatest longings, and give us practical ways to proactively initiate conversations and connections that will ultimately lead them closer to Jesus. If you love and care about teenagers, read this book.

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Christine Caine

Founder of A21 and Propel Women

In 3 Big Questions, Kara Powell and Brad Griffin cut through so much of the guesswork and misguided conversations that have made it so much harder to connect with today’s teens. This powerful combination of research, practicality, and intellectual integrity is exactly what church leaders need right now.

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Carey Nieuwhof

Author, Speaker, Podcaster

This book uncomplicates the most complicated part of my relationship with my teens: helping them figure out WHO THEY ARE. Kara and Brad give us a guide to help teenagers unlock their superpowers. I’m forever grateful.

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Carlos Whittaker

Author of Enter Wild, Kill the Spider, and Moment Maker

Kara Powell and Brad Griffin offer wisdom and insight that parents, educators, and ministers will benefit from for years to come, as well as offer practical ideas—that can actually be implemented right away—for helping the teens we love navigate the challenging years of adolescence at one of the most difficult points of human history. This book is a gem, a real gift, and essential reading for those in the trenches of helping teens meet Jesus.

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Katie Prejean McGrady

Speaker, Author of Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure withJesus, and host of Ave Explores

As a pastor, I regularly reflect on ways to establish deeper connections with the teenagers who are part of our congregation. As a father of two children, this is always on my heart. This book offers a powerful pathway to make these connections a reality. Kara Powell and Brad Griffin have given us a wonderful gift. Our churches and homes will be profoundly impacted if we begin to intentionally wrestle with the three big questions they present.

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Rich Villodas

lead pastor of New Life Fellowship Church, New York City

3 Big Questions in the Media

Typology Interview
Typology:
3 Pivotal Questions We All Should Answer (Enneagram 3)
With Kara Powell

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Church Pulse
Church Pulse:
Next Gen Trends in the Making and Why Ministries Need to Stop Giving Answers to Questions Teens Aren't Asking
With Kara Powell

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Christian Post:
3 biggest questions every teen is asking; how church leaders should respond
Written by Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin

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Catalyst Podcast
Catalyst Podcast:
Connecting and Conversing with Generation Z

With Kara Powell

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Jamie Ivey:
The Happy Hour #413

with Kara Powell

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Smart Family Podcast:
How to Better Connect with your Teenager; Influence of Empathy on your Conversations; Understand your Teenager's (Maybe Hidden) Critical Questions
with Kara Powell

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