Big News in Youth Ministry

Kara Powell | Jan 7, 2010

By now it’s public: Tic Long is back at Youth Specialties (YS) as the Executive Director of Youth Specialties. You can read more about it on the YS website or on Tic’s blog.

I’ve known Tic since I was a high school student since he was friends with my youth pastor and our church in San Diego would periodically host YS events.

When I think about Tic, I think about a question he asked me about my family when he and I had lunch together a few years ago. The question related to a struggle I had when I was in college TWENTY YEARS AGO. I had basically forgotten about the struggle but Tic hadn’t, and he wanted to know what had happened in the last twenty years.

That’s my iconic moment for how much Tic cares about people, youth workers, and students.

Welcome back, Tic. I can’t wait to see what God has for YS and for all of us in this next chapter.

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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