Preparing for Questions

Kara Powell

Today's guest blogger is Jeff Mattesich, Associate Pastor of Students at Lake Avenue Church in Pasdena. Jeff was part of our 2010 Sticky Faith Cohort.

As a youth worker and a parent, I’ve been closely following FYI’s Sticky Faith research.

After our ministry heard about how most graduating seniors say their youth group didn’t prepare them for college, we started to prepare our seniors for graduation in January instead of in May.  We’ve also made a commitment to stay in touch with graduates after they move on.

Kim graduated from our youth ministry last year and is now at a large, secular university.   During class, her Ethics professor commented that Jesus wasn’t really divine; Jesus was just a human who could do miracles.  This rocked Kim’s faith and she went to meet with the professor.  He told her that he was a believer but felt that the church was antiquated and old-fashioned in its beliefs in Jesus.

Kim was confused and started to wonder if the faith we had taught her in high school was true, but rather than face that doubt alone, she decided to contact me with her questions.  Within two hours, I responded to her. 

Kim didn’t abandon her faith—she stuck with it.  Why?  Because she had been part of a ministry that knew how to prepare her ahead of time and stick with her afterwards, thanks to FYI’s research.


Published Oct 06, 2011
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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