Organic

Kara Powell | Mar 3, 2010

I was on a panel this past weekend with Chuck Bomar, who leads CollegeLeader.org. Chuck and I have taught together before and I have great respect.

I love what Chuck said in answer to one question about helping students find mentors. Even though hes been at a large megachurch, he never found a mentoring program effective. Instead, hed simply get to know kids, and get to know adults in the church,and see if he could organically match a kid with an adult based on what he knew was going on in both peoples lives.

Sometimes mentoring programs work but often they feel forced and fizzle because the kids and adults and randomly assigned and its not natural. I love Chucks more organic approach.

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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