Leading Through Conflict

How Tensions Can Change Your Ministry…and Change You, Too

Kara PowellJeff Mattesich


"Kara, we want to meet with you because we don't think you're teaching the Bible enough to our kids." This was John and Patty's greeting one Sunday morning as I was getting ready to speak to our students. Not only were John and Patty parents of two high school girls, but also influential leaders in our congregation.

"Jeff, there are no high school students in the worship service. What are you going to do about it?" asked a colleague as I was walking to my car after a church service one weekend. He was actually more than a colleague; he was a close friend who had been in my home, was at the birth of my son and whose wife is a close friend of my wife.

During the combined 41 years the two of us have worked in youth ministry, it's hard to think of a month that hasn't involved conflict—occasionally with teenagers but most often with their parents, our ministry volunteers and our church staff colleagues. READ MORE AT YOUTHWORKER.COM




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Published Oct 01, 2012
Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a youth ministry veteran of over 20 years, she serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Sticky Faith, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

Jeff Mattesich

Jeff Mattesich is the Associate Pastor of Children and Students at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA.  As a 15-year youth ministry veteran, Jeff has served in several roles in both local church and Christian camping organizations. Prior to his role as Associate Pastor, Jeff served as High School Pastor at Lake Avenue and Junior High and College Director at Forest Home Christian Conference Center.  Jeff completed his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University and went on to receive a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Jeff has been a contributing author, guest lecturer, camp and conference speaker, strategic thinker, and creative contributor to several churches, camps, schools, and organizations over his years in youth ministry.  He has been married to his incredible wife Jenny since 2002, and is the proud father to Henry and Russell.


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