Youth Group of the 80s and 90s Reunion

Kara Powell | Mar 5, 2010

I am so excited about where I’m going tomorrow. I’m going back to my home church, San Diego First Assembly of God, where I served as one of the youth pastors in the late 80s and throughout the 90s. The “kids” from that era (who are now grown-ups with their own kids) have organized a “Reunion” for us all.

They are cleverly structuring it like how we used to do youth group - reuniting the worship team, the guy who used to do announcements, some crowdbreakers, and then the three youth pastors from that era (including me) will all share for 5-10 minutes each. Plus lots of time before and after for hanging out and catching up. We’ve been doing a lot of that through Facebook but I can’t wait to do it in person.

Relationships are so important and while I haven’t been the best at keeping in touch with old youth group kids, I keep grinning as I think about tomorrow’s reunion. I’m so proud of these students and we have so so so many shared memories. I imagine I’ll have something to share about the reunion in next week’s blog…

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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