5 New Short Films to Help Your Family

Matthew Schuler Kara Powell | Jan 29, 2015

As parents, we’re guessing. A lot.

We’re not sure about this, we make hunches about that, and we constantly feel like we’re failing. Most of the time, we don’t talk about it. Even when we bring a partner or trusted friend into our struggles, our deepest questions can remain buried in insecurity.

And what about what’s actually worked? The moments we’ve really nailed it? We rarely focus on those since our parenting victories are immediately eclipsed by the next unexpected challenge.

It’s time to talk, both about our failures and our successes as parents. And we’ve made some films to help.

Through a compelling blend of real-life stories and interviews with parents, this new five-week video curriculum drops you into the latest national family research, and into the hearts of parents discussing their own struggles, successes, and ideas that have shaped lasting faith in their own families.

Season 1 includes five short films:

Why – Why talk about parenting? Because 1 in 2 kids drift from God after High School.

Mirror – What happens when I see things in my kids I don’t like?

Warm – How can I create a safe place to connect with my kids?

Spark – How do I create a flourishing connection with my kids?

Plan – What do I do next?

Join Kara Powell and a host of parents like you in a fresh, honest look at parenting strategies. Discover new ideas that work and create a personalized plan for integrating those ideas into your own family routine.

Watch a sample of the new curriculum here

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Matthew Schuler

Matthew is an education technology entrepreneur and Creative Director.

At age 18 Matthew launched his first startup, Roshambo Industries, to provide communications support for the United States Armed Forces oversees and domestically. In 2009 he founded Snowtone Ltd, a venture to assist companies implementing social revenue models. He expanded to Cape Town, South Africa where he deployed social business models alongside Floyd McClung and constructed two intercultural training facilities located in the the poorest townships of the region. Matthew also served as a consultant to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa on decriminalization reform and anti-human trafficking legislation, and as an advisor for the Traffick Proof coalition and Media Village in Muizenberg.

In 2007 Matthew founded The Well Church with lead singers Lance and Layne Stafford of Cloverton and served as Lead Pastor until 2009. The Well Church became a hallmark for creative ministry practices and a springboard for experimental ministry projects around the globe.

Matthew lives in Silver Lake, California with his wife Irene Cho.


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Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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