One Question to Always Ask

Kara Powell | Mar 31, 2010

In Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Influence and Service, Walt Wright, Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller, says that whenever hes recruiting someone, he asks them, Why do you want to work here?

Sounds basic, right? Admittedly so. And yet as I think about my recruiting of both volunteers and staff members, Im not sure I always ask that question. I often tell them why I think theyd like working here, or I talk about why I like working here, but I would guess that I ask this basic why question only about 50% of the time.

What other questions do you think are important to ask potential volunteers or staff members? I know you have some great ideas

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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