Vision and Plan

Kara Powell | Nov 29, 2009

Recently I was speaking at the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention, and Andy Stanley from North Point Church in Atlanta was one of the general session speakers. He was talking about how to lead in the midst of uncertainty and he was trying to show the difference between vision and plans.

He had the audience repeat after him: vision remains but plans change.

Then he made it more vivid. He said, Fall in love with your vision but date your plans.

Love that. Whats the vision we have for our families and our ministries? Thats long-term. This month, or this season, the plan to accomplish that vision might look one way. Next month, or next season, it might look different.

Be married to your vision but be ready to be divorced from your plans.

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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