Question #3 for Frantic Families

Kara Powell | Oct 23, 2009

Photo by Kipras Štreimikis

The Powell family isn’t a frantic family but we are busy. And we have those moments of franticness. Patrick Lencioni in The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family gives three important questions for families, two of which I’ve covered in my last two blogs.

Here’s the final question: how are you going to maintain the uniqueness and rallying cry you’ve set for yourselves? (Note: this question will make a whole lot more sense if you read the last two days’ blogs).

We’ve all set goals, written them down, and then forgotten about them. To counter this, Lencioni suggests couples (or families) touch base every week, even for ten minutes, to review how they are doing. Celebrate the progress, brainstorm ways to overcome any obstacles.

For the Powells, Dave and I are going to touch base every Sunday night (as long as the Chargers aren’t playing). I’m excited to do even just a few minutes of big picture thinking.

Many of us do that sort of planning in our professional or ministry lives. I think our homes deserve the same level of intentionality. Do 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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