3 Big Questions
Every teenager can find faithful answers to life’s biggest questions.
3 Big Questions that Shape Your Future
A 60-day devotional to help teens answer life's biggest questions
Sometimes life gives you way more questions than answers. And yet it seems like everyone expects you to just figure it all out! Whether you’re looking toward your future or wrestling to get through today, it doesn’t have to be so stressful. Just 3 big questions will help you find clarity about all the rest:
Who am I?
Where do I fit?
What difference can I make?
This 60-day exploration breaks down those big questions into manageable pieces and helps you embrace God’s best answers for you.
Backed by Scripture and informed by years of conversations with teens just like you, this devotional does more than help you figure out what to do with your life; it will help you understand what your life means to the world.
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About the authors
Kara Powell, PhD, is Chief of Leadership Formation and Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and coauthor of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager. Learn more about Kara.
Kristel Acevedo is Spiritual Formation Director at Transformation Church in Indian Land, South Carolina, and a writer and speaker. Learn more about Kristel.
Brad M. Griffin is Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, a youth pastor, and coauthor of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager. Learn more about Brad.
3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
lead pastor of New Life Fellowship Church, New York City
The Big Questions Curriculum
The Big Questions High School Curriculum
We’re convinced that life’s biggest questions deserve better answers. So we teamed up with Orange to create this four-week curriculum series packed with teaching guides, multimedia resources, social media tools, and more. Get The Big Questions high school and middle school ministry curriculum and help your students find Jesus’ answers to their biggest questions of identity, belonging, and purpose.
We’ve taken key insights from our latest book 3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager and developed a new 4-week curriculum for your ministry! Available for high school and middle school, The Big Questions will spark new discipleship conversations as you help teenagers discover Jesus-centered answers to their biggest questions of identity, belonging, and purpose. Preview the High School Curriculum.
The Big Questions Middle School Curriculum
For the book 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, our FYI team collected hundreds of hours of research from teenagers, churches, and student-focused organizations across several cultures, as well as answers from students of varying races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and genders. Our research revealed huge opportunities for the church to walk with a generation as they ask “Who am I?”, “Where do I fit in”, and “What difference can I make?”. We’ve taken the insights from the book and developed an all-new curriculum for your ministry! This series will spark new discipleship conversations as you help teens discover Jesus-centered answers to their biggest questions of identity, belonging, and purpose. Preview the Middle School Curriculum.
WEEK 1: When you really understand who Jesus is, it changes everything.
WEEK 2: You don’t have to prove you’re enough.
WEEK 3: You belong here.
WEEK 4: You matter more than you think.