Students Digging In

Kara Powell | Mar 2, 2010

This past weekend I spoke at the Group Simply Youth Ministry Conference about our College Transition Project research. One of the highlights when I speak is interacting with leaders (or parents) who ask good questions and have great ideas.

One youth worker raised his hand to talk about how when his kids come to him for advice, he first encourages them to look in Scripture for their own answers. He does it so consistently that his students now know that before they even come to him, they need to do their own homework and look into Scripture themselves.

One of the themes in our research is that youth group graduates dont know how to depend on the Lord and are often overly dependent upon their youth worker (the youth worker who is no longer around after graduation). I love how this youth worker is helping kids dive into Scripture themselves.

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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