Tell someone you believe in them

Kara Powell | May 14, 2010

Yesterday was the kick-off of the Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, which happens to be held about 3 miles from my house in Pasadena. I love this conference - such amazing diversity and great people!

The highlight of the two roundtable sessions I attended yesterday was a theme about telling someone you believe in them. First I heard Eric Iverson, a friend I greatly respect, from YouthWorks say that when he was 14 and volunteering in children’s ministry, one of the adult leaders told him, “You’re good at this.” That was the initial seed of Eric’s current calling to full-time vocational ministry.

Then twenty minutes later in another session, Dr. Jude Tiersma Watson, my colleague at Fuller who I also greatly respect, shared that it was the encouragement of a Fuller faculty member that led her to seriously consider becoming a faculty member herself.

Our words - the way we envision what God is and COULD do through the teenagers and young adults in our lives - have such power.

Who can you encourage today?

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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