Today’s teenagers are the most anxious, adaptive, and diverse generation in history—which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions, 3 rise above the rest:
Who am I?
Where do I fit?
What difference can I make?
Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: that they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.
Based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and in-depth interviews plus data from 2,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.
Praise for 3 Big Questions:
“Every youth worker and parent wonders if they really know what’s happening with the teenagers they care about most. 3 Big Questions empowers you to understand young people and, more importantly, equips you with countless practical ideas for what to say and do so they experience Jesus more fully. This is exactly what’s needed to help parents and leaders win with teenagers!”
Doug Fields, cofounder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com
“3 Big Questions combines the wisdom of years of working with teenagers with fresh insights from listening carefully and critically to them—and a willingness to be challenged both by what young people have to say and by what God is saying to and through them. This is not just another youth ministry book. The questions of teenagers in this book will at times bring you to tears while simultaneously inspiring you to press on and to have better conversations with the beloved young people in your life.”
Almeda M. Wright, Yale Divinity School, author of The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans
“3 Big Questions captures the tension of our time. Kara and Brad have revealed the core struggles of young people and their relationship with the church and Christ and have given practical ways to help them live out the gospel. Not only is this a guide to reach young people but, if you are open to it, it will also shape your own journey with Christ. This is a must-read for anyone serious about the kingdom work of discipling the next generation.”