Mission, then Measurement

Kara Powell | May 12, 2010

Last week, thanks to an E-Update I received from the Gathering, I read this article by Bob Buford. While the article is mostly about savoring each day, and living each day with purpose, it was this paragraph that resonated with me:

“Peter Drucker, the manager guru of all time, whom I met with two to four times a year in those Halftime years, always drew me back to a single question: “Yes, but to what end?” He taught me over and over that “mission comes first,” then comes measurement.”

Two great questions: What is our mission? How are we measuring how well we accomplish that mission?

We’re wrestling with that question of measurement right now at FYI. We’re using some grant funds to assess how well we are doing what we say is our mission: leveraging research into resources that elevate leaders, kids, and families.

How about you? How are you measuring your mission? We at FYI would love to learn from you…

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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