Sticky Faith Summit Day #3

Kara Powell | Feb 19, 2010

Wow. That’s the best word to describe my experience at the third and final day of our Sticky Faith Summit yesterday. Dr. Scott Cormode, Professor of Leadership at Fuller, led us through a three-hour discussion that revolved around this question: How do you help people change who need to change but don’t want to change?

The biggest insight I gained from Scott is the power of telling stories - stories that capture what you’d like to see more of in the future. And to tell those stories again, and again, and again.

And again.

And when you’re telling stories, to connect the stories with the church’s existing vision, values and narratives - thereby helping folks connect the dots between the past, present, and future.

Scott’s definition of vision is a “shared story of future hope”. That’s my new favorite definition of vision.

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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