The CARE Plan

Kara Powell | Apr 1, 2010

In Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Influence and Service, Walt Wright from the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller, describes a human resource development model called the CARE Plan. CARE stands for:

Clarify expectations

Agree on objectives

Review progress

Equip for performance and growth

Whether a paid staff member of a volunteer, I think this plan has great merit.

Do our folks know what they are supposed to be doing in general?

Do they have specific goals or objectives?

How regularly do you meet with them to review how they are doing?

What type of training are you giving them to increase their skills?

All 4 of those are important steps. If one is missing, its easy to see how a leader could lose some of their effectiveness. For those of us who supervise others, how much CARE are we showing them?

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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