Multiple Connecting Points

Kara Powell | Nov 4, 2009

This past Sunday I spoke at our churchs high school gathering. I love the format were following this fall: we have a few worship songs, then a 10-15 minute talk, and then 20-25 minutes in small groups so that adults and kids can talk together and learn from each other.

This past week I suggested three questions for small group discussion. In my table of junior girls, the first two questions didnt generate much discussion but question #3 got them talking.

Afterwards, I talked with another leader who said the only question that really resonated with his guys was #1.

The next leader I talked with said that their table had energy for #2 but the other two questions fell somewhat flat.

Three different tables, three different connecting points. A good reminder that we need multiple connecting points with teenagers.

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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