A Truly Collaborative Youth Ministry Training Gathering

Kara Powell | Jan 5, 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever been invited to attend, let alone speak, at a youth ministry training event in which “Collaborative” was the primary noun. And yet on Saturday, February 11, I will be in Grand Rapids speaking about Sticky Faith at the Mars Hill Student Collaborative.

Having talked with Josh Bishop from Mars Hill yesterday, I know he’s serious about the goal of making the day as collaborative as possible, even though hundreds of youth leaders will be there from a host of different churches. I think it’s going to be a fantastic day of learning and growth for all of us, and I hope you can join us.

One of the things I know about 2012 is that for FYI to have the impact we dream of, we have to collaborate.

Would you say the same thing about your dreams, especially those that relate to teenagers?

If you’re a youth leader, will you really be able to change your city’s teenagers if you don’t collaborate with other leaders/ministries?

If you’re a parent, will you really be able to be the parent you want to be if you’re not encouraged, supported, and held accountable by other parents?

For me, the resounding answer to both of those questions is “No way”.

Where does collaboration fit in your plans for 2012? Are you satisfied with your answer? Do you need to review your goals (even though it’s only 5 days into the year) and weave through some more threads of collaboration?

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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