Spiritual Catalysts

Kara Powell | Dec 8, 2009

In Think Orange, Reggie Joiner describes a team discussion at North Point Community Church that came to dramatically shape their philosophy of ministry. The team members spent time describing how they had grown in their own spiritual journeys, and as they shared, they realized there were some common themessome common catalysts for spiritual growth.

  • A life-changing truth that helps us understand who God is or how to live
  • A spiritual discipline we develop that puts us in tune with Gods Spirit or voice
  • A personal ministry that stretches us to tap into Gods power and purpose
  • A significant relationship that God uses to prompt or encourage us
  • A pivotal circumstance that causes us to depend on God in new ways

As I read that and as I thought about the research in our College Transition Project, I thought thats a pretty good summary. So many churches, ministries, and families emphasize only one or two of these and are missing out on the wide range of spiritual catalysts that are possible.

What do you think? As you think about your own spiritual journey, or others close to you, do you see anything missing?

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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