Ideation Conference

Kara Powell | Apr 12, 2010

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Ideation Conference in Long Beach, about 30 miles from Pasadena. It was a gathering of about 200 non-profit leaders, many (maybe even the majority) of whom led faith-based organizations. The focus was on justice.

I loved it. For one thing, I cant remember the last conference I attended as a participant, not a speaker.

Second, when I say participant, I mean participant. The goal of the conference was to help each leader connect with other leaders and the causes represented by the speakers (who were given a refreshing 15 minutes in a general session, not the normal 45 minutes). Even the layout of the general sessions was like theatre in the round, thereby encouraging a spirit of dialogue.

Eugene Cho from One Days Wages was one of those speakers. He and his family decided to give up their $68,000/year annual salary to empower the poor. Now hes inviting folks to give One Days Wages of their own, which represents 0.4% of their income.

Eugene mentioned www.globalrichlist.com, a site that allows you to figure out how wealthy you are compared to the rest of the world. Heres a great exercise for you to do with your youth ministry kids: figure out how much a teenager working 10 hours/week at minimum wage would make, and then see how that teenager compares with the rest of the world.

If youd like, you could also plug in salaries of adults like maybe $37,000 for a teacher or $120,000 for a business executive.

What would it look like for you and your kids to give One Days Wages?

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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