What's High School For?

Kara Powell | May 11, 2011

Like lots of leaders we know, we at FYI follow marketing and branding guru Seth Godin. I enjoy his daily blogs, and they are often good conversation starters for our team.

I thought Seth’s blog from last week about the purpose of high school was interesting.

Here’s what I appreciate about his list:

-It’s specific. So often in ministry we use vague terms about our goals. Seth is very specific.

-It emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills, both of which are invaluable for kids.

-It mentions “self-management,” meaning kids learn how to be responsible and navigate their own lives (with healthy adult support).

-It includes leadership.

It made me wonder: how would youth ministries describe what they are for? Could we make a specific list like this? Should we make a specific list like this?

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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