Question #2 for Frantic Families

Kara Powell | Oct 22, 2009

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Yesterday I introduced The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni and I covered the first question Lencioni encourages all families to ask.

Here’s the second question: What is our rallying cry for the next 2-6 months?

What’s a rallying cry? According to Lencioni, it’s a goal that your family wants to focus on. You keep doing all the normal good stuff your family is doing, but you add one additional thing that would make a difference in the quality of life for your family.

Possibilities are: stay at home more, figure out your finances, eliminate the clutter in your house, and on and on. A rallying cry might be focused on particular members of your family, such as a kid in the family who you’d like to pay extra attention to for some reason.

I’m not going to share the Powell rallying cry because it involves a member of our family. But I will share that Lencioni encourages families to write down specific actions they can do to accomplish that rallying cry. So for example, if your rallying cry is to eliminate the clutter in your house, you might have a garage sale, or agree to not buy anything new without removing something old from your house.

What’s your rallying cry?

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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