Reggie Joiner – Parents’ Baby Steps

Kara Powell | Aug 18, 2010

Last week I got to spend 24 hours with the great leadership team of reThink in Atlanta, Georgia. I first met Reggie Joiner last fall and we had a great connection.

With Reggies team, we had a great discussion about how to best engage with parents. The reality is that parents are the primary influence on their kids far more influential than church leaders. And yet the last thing parents need is to be motivated by a sense of guilt or a long to do list of all the behaviors they should be doing that feels overwhelming. It feels overwhelming because it is overwhelming.

Reggie gave me the new book he co-authored with Carey Nieuwhof called Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. I love their definition of spiritual leadership for parents: Spiritual leadership means parents assume the primary responsibility to help their kids take the next step in their pursuit of a relationship with God.

Its one step forward.

That reminds me of an invitation at our church that weve extended help one person who doesnt know Jesus yet take one step closer to Him.

I love that focus on one step forward. Its so do-able and motivating, while not being overwhelming.

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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