Dr. Kara Powell

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 an Advisor to Youth Specialties and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including 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.

Prepare Them for College

Imagine The End

Prepare Them for College

Dr. Kara Powell and the team at the Fuller Youth Institute have been working hard for the last six years to try to figure out how to help kids have… Read More
Your Best Response to Your Back-at-Home College Student

College and Young Adult | Imagine The End

Your Best Response to Your Back-at-Home College Student

In the midst of universities moving online due to COVID-19, your college student is packing up more than just a few suitcases. As they transition back home, they’re almost certainly… Read More
3 Words to Repeat When Your Child Starts to Move Away From You

College and Young Adult | High School (9th-12th)

3 Words to Repeat When Your Child Starts to Move Away From You

Whether it’s our third grader who no longer wants us to walk them to school, our seventh grader who no longer waves to us when we show up to practice,… Read More

High School (9th-12th)

What Motivates Teenagers on Social Media

Often parents feel like kids are tethered to their phones, constantly glancing or full-on staring into a screen. It’s unnerving. But before we judge kids or insist they “put that… Read More

Character and Values

What I Learned from My Kids About Serving

I’ve been making a big mistake with my previous short-term mission trips. I’ve always thought of them more as group experiences rather than individual journeys for each kid. It’s easy… Read More

Elementary (K-5th) | Faith

How a Pet Can Build Faith This School Year

To help parents do family better, the Fuller Youth Institute is debuting the DVD release of the new Sticky Faith Family Training five-session video curriculum. To celebrate this new resource, we’ve… Read More

College and Young Adult

Connecting with Your Graduate When They Leave for College

This post is adapted from The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Kara Powell. To find out more about Sticky Faith or order this book bursting with practical ideas… Read More

Family Life

3 Key Words Your Kids Are Longing to Hear

*Portions of this blog post are adapted from "The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family" by Kara Powell.  Our friends Dale and Jody have a great relationship with their kids. So… Read More

Family Life | Fight For The Heart

2 Words Sticky Faith Taught Me to Say

Today's guest post is by our friend Kara Powell who has recently published The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family through her research with Fuller Youth Institute. We are so… Read More


Prioritize the ‘Twenty Percent’

I would guess that if I was to ask readers of this blog to describe their family in only one word, the dominant answer would be “busy”. I’m a working… Read More
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