Values Are...Valuable

Kara Powell | Mar 30, 2010

I had the privilege of discussing Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Influence and Service by Walter Wright a few weeks ago with two other amazing, leadership-minded couples. One of my favorite chapters in the book discussed the topic of values and culture.

Walt writes, I believe you can learn more about the culture of an organization by observing the behaviors and actions of the people than by reading the statement of organizational values.

As I read more of Walts description of values, I was reminded that its ultimately values that lead an organization or ministry more than people themselves.

At FYI, we hold a few values very dear:

-Learning: from research, practitioners, and parents

-Warm and accessible: responding to those who contact us

-Intentional: holding to strategic priorities

-Partnership: everything we do is in partnership with others

But even as I was reading Walts chapter, it occurred to me that its been at least a year since weve revisited our values and assessed at how well we do at embodying them.

What is your ministrys values? When is the last time you assessed how well youre doing at living them out?

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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