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Kara Powell: Listening can fuel Sticky Faith creativity

The FYI on Youth Ministry

This season explores innovation: what it is, how to do it, and why it’s vital for your youth ministry. Hosts Dr. Steve Argue and Giovanny Panginda talk with Dr. Kara Powell about how listening to teenagers is the best starting point for creativity in youth ministry. Kara, coauthor of Sticky Faith, shares how research uncovered best practices in youth ministry as well as opened doors for the next innovative steps. Learn more about Sticky Faith Innovation.


3 Feb 2021

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Kara Powell, Faith in an Anxious World

CBF Conversations

Sponsors: Fuller Seminary & The Center for Congregational Health. Music by Nicolai Heidlas from HookSounds.com


8 Nov 2020

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Kara Powell: Partnering with parents

The FYI on Youth Ministry

Hosts Jennifer Guerra-Aldana and Aaron Yenney talk with Dr. Kara Powell about partnering with parents in your youth ministry. Kara shares lots of practical ideas and personal inspiration to remind us why this effort is so important. Fulleryouthinstitute.org/podcast


23 Sep 2020

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Raising kids with a "sticky faith" with Kara Powell

Pardon the Mess with Cynthia Yanof

I sit here writing to all of you after sending my daughter off for her “first last day of school.” I truly have no idea where the days have gone. Literally—yesterday I brought this wrinkled baby home from the hospital, in a onesie that swallowed her little body. I laid her in the bassinet wondering how I was old enough to have a newborn. Seventeen years later, I’m speechless at the thought of her going to college. And I’m left pondering what we will need to go over before she heads out of our door. She knows how to do laundry ✔, she’s responsible with money ✔, and she is a good friend to those around her  ✔.  But more than anything else, I want her to really know the Lord. I need her to understand that of all the things we stand for in this house, our belief that Jesus is Lord trumps everything else. Christ is for us and with us for all of eternity.  So whether you’re holding your newborn today or (like me) looking straight into the final chapters before launching a kid to college, today’s podcast is for you! Kara Powell challenges us to consider ways we can give our kids a “sticky faith” that stays with them through college and adulthood. She covers critical conversations we need to have with our kids. She offers advice on navigating tricky faith subjects we cannot afford to avoid. And she provides some interesting thoughts on involvement in church, and how to make it most impactful.  Research shows that of the kids who graduate from a church or youth group, 40 to 50 percent will fail to stick with their faith in college. I’m not satisfied with that statistic. I know you aren’t either. Listen to my conversation with Kara Powell today, and join me in implementing the small things that will make a big difference in keeping our kids faithful to the Lord.


27 Aug 2020

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021 | Kara Powell on Back to School Post-COVID and the Mental Health Challenges Kids are Facing During the Crisis

ChurchPulse Weekly

As we enter into what is traditionally thought of as the "back-to-school" season, millions of young people are being forced to adapt to new systems and circumstances. To help us think about how to love and serve our youth in these challenging times, David and Carey are joined by Dr. Kara Powell, author and Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute. She shares a number of practical insights for reaching young people in a digital context and uncovering the mental health challenges many of them are facing.


13 Aug 2020

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Growing WITH Our Children, with Dr. Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute

Raising Adults: Future Focused Parenting

Kira and Deana chat with Dr. Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute who shares her unique philosophy about how we can grow with our children, instead of growing apart. She discusses the three phases of a child’s growth into adulthood and the three ways parents can walk alongside them as they grow. She also shares the one line every parent needs to have in their back pocket and an image parents can carry with them to help them be “the wall” that their kids need them to be. More on Dr. Powell: https://karapowell.com/, @Kara.Powell.Author (FB), @karapowellfyi (IG) Our Sponsor: Homeschool Buyer's Co-op, Referral Code: ADULTS


27 Jul 2020

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SFP 016 | With Dr. Kara Powell - On The Paradox Of Teens Growing Up More Quickly and More Slowly At the Same Time; Why Anxiety in Teenagers is Increasing; And A Super Practical Approach To Partnering With Our Teens

Smart Family Podcast

If you are a parent about to enter, or in the middle of, the teenage years - this episode is for you. We have an open and honest conversation with Dr. Kara Powell - Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute. Kara has done extensive research into teenagers and anxiety. Although she approaches the issue from a spiritual perspective, her insights apply to teenagers and parenting in any situation. This episode will encourage and inspire you but, most importantly, make you hopeful for the next generation as you learn to parent them in an anxiety-provoking culture.


17 Jun 2020

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Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290]

Don't Mom Alone Podcast

From learning to walk to tying their shoes and eventually learning to drive (coming up for me soon!), so much of parenting is teaching, training and encouragement.  When it comes to faith in God, we do all we can to teach our kids about God’s Word and engage kids in church, but research from the Fuller Youth Institute is helping to shine a light on the potential gaps that cause a high number of youth to abandon their faith in college. My guest Dr. Kara Powell shares a number of research findings that can be game changers for our families as we seek to help our kids develop a faith that sticks with them their whole lives, or “sticky faith.” As a mom of three, she talks about how she’s parented differently in light of her research and why now is the perfect time to start making small changes that could make all the difference. “One of the things that surprised me in our research is that when young people feel close to their parents, they're also more open to what's important to their parents, including their faith. And so it's not just good for our family relationships. It's also good for the long-term trajectory of our kids.” Connect with the Fuller Youth Institute:  Website:  fulleryouthinstitute.org Facebook: facebook.com/fulleryouthinstitute Instagram: @fulleryouthinstitute Links Mentioned:   Growing With: Every Parent's Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future [BOOK] Resources for building Sticky Faith Sponsor: Text DMA to 303030 to get a free trial of Beachbody On-Demand


15 Jun 2020

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178: Kara Powell: Sticky Faith in an Anxious World

Let's Parent on Purpose with Jay Holland

I couldn’t be more excited to bring to you episode 178 of Let’s Parent on Purpose. We get to share in the incredible wisdom of author and executive director of Fuller Youth Institute, Kara Powell. Kara has a treasure trove of research to help us guide our children through the anxious world we’re living in and into faith  in Christ that sticks through adulthood. If you find this podcast helpful, you can subscribe  and click here to find past topics and free resources. Feel free to share with others, as well! If you would like to help support Let’s Parent on Purpose, you can do so by becoming a patron. I send a weekly email called “Things for Thursday” and it includes things I’ve found helpful related to parenting, marriage, and sometimes just things I find funny! You can sign up for “Things for Thursday” by joining my newsletter on my homepage. Thank you for your continued support of this podcast. If you have a prayer request or if you have a topic suggestion or question, please contact me at my email. Show Highlights Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Faith in an Anxious World, Growing With, 18 Plus, Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. The demands to remain agile and adept at responding to what’s going on to our kids and our world poses many challenges to parents today. The fast-changing world certainly keeps parents on our toes. There is more stress and anxiety in our culture today that affects people across all generations. Kids can experience anxiety for several factors, including: Technology – While technology is certainly an essential in navigating today’s world, it also puts pressure on children’s fear of missing out. Parenting – Some of our parenting techniques could be putting more stress on our children. We may be putting too much pressure on our kids to succeed quickly. On the other hand, we may also be helicopter parenting, rescuing them from situations before they are able to develop their own grit and resilience. Busyness – Today’s busy culture contributes to the increase in stress and anxiety. Kara shares her five-step process to help adults deal with young people who are experiencing anxiety: ASK. First, ask the young person to rate their anxiety or depression on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst. BREATHE. Encourage them to take deep breaths. When we panic, our hearts beat faster to get blood to all the extremities. Breathing deeply helps counter act this and put a break pedal on the physiological feeling of stress. CENTER. Help them center on a helpful truth or phrase. Find a line from scripture or a worship song that can give them an anchor to hold on to. DEVELOP a team. Build a support group of friends, supporters and even mental health professionals that your child can turn to. EMPATHIZE and EMPOWER. Listen and understand what they are feeling, and go beyond that be helping them figure out a step forward. Many young people stray away from their faith in their first three years in college. Foster faith in your children that is “sticky.” A lot of youth group kids end up viewing their faith as “a gospel of sin management.” When they graduate from high school and start making mistakes, they end up running from God and the church just when they need it the most. As a parent, re-center them in a gospel that is grounded in grace and God’s unconditional love. Remind them that we respond to God out of gratitude, out of a relationship between us and a loving God. Parenting isn’t a solo sport. It’s a team effort. Be intentional in creating a team of adults to support your child. Whether a family, teacher, coach, or neighbor, find those you can invite to let your child know that there is a team of adults that are looking out for them. Resources Mentioned Things for Thursday and free e-book: Text THINGS to 66866 Website: Fuller Youth Institute Website: Fuller Theological Seminary Book: The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family Book: Growing With Podcast: Faith in an Anxious World


14 Jun 2020

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Kara Powell: This Is What Young People Need from Adults Right Now

The ChurchLeaders Podcast

Get notes on this podcast here:  https://churchleaders.com/podcast/373938-kara-powell-our-youth-coronavirus.html “This is an anxious season," says Dr. Kara Powell, and there is a good chance social isolation will foster depression and suicidal ideation in our youth. Here is what you need to know to help the young people in your life. ► Listen on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-churchleaders-podcast/id988990685?mt=2 ► Listen on GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iycvfoqhkk6saen2hsbjw6yuz24 Connect with ChurchLeaders Online! ChurchLeaders brings you the latest headlines and expert tips on faith, ministry and leading the church. Subscribe to our channel for exclusive content. Visit ChurchLeaders Website: https://churchleaders.comFind ChurchLeaders on Facebook: https://facebook.com/churchleaders Follow ChurchLeaders on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChurchLead Follow ChurchLeaders on Instagram: https://instagram.com/churchlead/ Follow ChurchLeaders on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/churchleaders/


8 Apr 2020