Courage Means You Might Fail

Kara Powell | Sep 25, 2009

Photo by Jordan McQueen

Today is the first full day of the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention here in Los Angeles. I’m especially excited about this conference for two reasons: first, I am only 20 minutes from my house, so I’m going to get to go to my kids’ soccer games tomorrow.

Second, I’m excited about some of the new stuff YS is trying this year, especially Open Source Saturday. Tomorrow they’ve blocked out time for people to generate their own conversations about topics that are meaningful to them instead of sitting and listening to speakers (like me) talk to them.

It might be great.

It might bomb.

But I love YS’ courage in trying something new with a few thousand youth workers.

So many times the “new” things I try are really just slight variations on the “old” stuff I’ve always done. Real courage is when we try things that might fail. May God show us when slight nuances are enough, as well as when it’s time to step out and try something truly new.

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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