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Kara Powell | Aug 9, 2013

The speaker at the National Youth Workers Convention asked us to turn and face the youth leader sitting next to us to debrief the ideas she had just presented. I turned to my left, introduced myself to Teresa, and we talked about how the seminar related to our ministry.

When the seminar ended, Teresa and I decided to grab coffee. At the end of that coffee, we exchanged phone numbers. She only lived an hour from me so we had lunch a month later.

A few months after that, we decided to spend the day at the beach together.

From there our friendship grew to include heart to heart conversations, sharing dreams about what Jesus meant to teenagers, and even overnighters together.

To be honest, I don’t remember the content of the seminar in which I sat next to Teresa. I’m not even entirely sure who the speaker was (I have a guess but it’s only a guess).

But I’ll always remember Teresa. As a youth leader, she understood me. She also understood how valuable it was for both of us to have a close friend outside of our own church.

From October 3-6, Brad Griffin and I will be at the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) teaching on Sticky Faith. The convention is in San Diego, in the same great hotel where I met Teresa.

Six weeks later, we’ll be at the second NYWC in Nashville from November 21-24.

At both of these conventions, you’ll have a chance to hear from some of the world’s experts on cutting edge ministry to teenagers and their families. You’ll also have a chance to relax, decompress, and walk the hallways with folks who share your commitment to loving and serving young people.

Because I want you to not only rub shoulders with amazing speakers but also sit face to face with just-as-amazing youth leaders like Teresa, I want you to get the best deal possible on registration. If you use the discount code YS13POWELL soon, you’ll save up to $100 off the registration fee!

So come join folks like Mark Matlock, Doug Fields, Chap Clark, and a whole host of amazing people who are crazy about Jesus, crazy about teenagers, and want to see the two get connected. I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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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