How close is your small group?

Kara Powell

Parent DVD One of my favorite aspects of doing the Sticky Faith Parent DVD Curriculum was the interviews I was able to conduct with wise teenagers and parents.  (Come to think of it, learning from students and parents is one of my favorite parts of my job.)

For those of you who haven’t yet seen the curriculum, let me tell you about Ron, one of the parents I interviewed for the curriculum.  We featured Ron in the curriculum because Ron is part of a covenant group at my church.  I’ve known Ron for over 15 years now, and he can’t go 5 minutes in a conversation without talking about his covenant group.

They started meeting together as young families over 30 years ago.  The six families involved decided that they wouldn’t just be a “Bible study” but that they would commit to really pouring into each other, and into each others’ kids. 

So when they got together, they would bring their calendars and plan their future meeting times.  But they didn’t stop there.  They also brought their calendars so they could share with each other about their kids’ upcoming events and invite the other families to attend.  Whether it was Tyler’s Boy Scout Ceremony or Kyra’s piano recital, each family marked the other childrens’ events on their own calendars, and did their best to attend.

As the families (and children) grew older, the kids started dating and getting engaged.  As each “child” (now really a young adult) was engaged, the covenant group would host a couple’s shower, and give that couple a printed and framed blessing, sharing their hopes, prayers, and dreams for that couple.

That’s Sticky Faith in action.

As we’ve tried to say throughout the Sticky Faith Movement, there are no guarantees that following even the best-laid plan will result in long-term faith.  Not all the young adult children in that covenant group are following the Lord.  But even those who aren’t know other adults who love Jesus also love them.  



Published Feb 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.

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