Prescription for a Healthy Church

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: For a healthy church tomorrow...invest in your young people today.

Each part of the human body needs nourishment and strength to thrive. So does each part of the body of Christ. Sometimes it's easy to overlook the emotional and spiritual development of children and young adults. It's easy to forget what a vital stage of life they're in-a stage that will determine the kind of adults they become.

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Overview

: For a healthy church tomorrow...invest in your young people today.

Each part of the human body needs nourishment and strength to thrive. So does each part of the body of Christ. Sometimes it's easy to overlook the emotional and spiritual development of children and young adults. It's easy to forget what a vital stage of life they're in-a stage that will determine the kind of adults they become.

This asset-building workbook will help you and your entire church staff identify solid, practical ways to have a lasting impact on children, youth and families. Backed with extensive research, this tool is full of hundreds of workable ideas to build confident and healthy young people today.

*Reach and teach church volunteers with the included reproducible worksheets and charts.

*Determine how your church is impacting the world of children and youth with ministry diagnostic tools.

*Encourage others in your church with real-life stories from churches across the country that are making a difference.

This practical and easy-to-use guide will get everyone in your church involved in building healthy young people. Ensure that your church will be thriving tomorrow by nurturing it today.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764422157
  • Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.97 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Helping Children and Youth Grow Up Healthy .......... 8
What Young People Need to Grow Up Well
Assets Shape Young People's Lives
What Research Reveals About Assets

Chapter 2: Examining Assets Among Religious Young People ..... 16
Connecting Asset Building With Faith and Ministry
Hundreds of Ways to Build Assets
Getting Started With a Positive Perspective

Chapter 3: Supporting Children and Youth ........................... 28
Asset #1: Family Support
Asset #2: Positive Family Communication
Asset #3: Other Adult Relationships
Asset #4: Caring Neighborhood
Asset #5: Caring School Climate
Asset #6: Parental Involvement in Schooling

Chapter 4: Empowering Children and Youth ......................... 40
Asset #7: Community Values Children and Youth
Asset #8: Children and Youth as Resources
Asset #9: Service to Others
Asset #10: Safety

Chapter 5: Setting Boundaries and Expectations .................... 50
Asset #11: Family Boundaries
Asset #12: School Boundaries
Asset #13: Neighborhood Boundaries
Asset #14: Adult Role Models
Asset #15: Positive Peer Influence
Asset #16: High Expectations

Chapter 6: Creating Meaningful Activities .......................... 60
Asset #17: Creative Activities
Asset #18: Child and Youth Activities
Asset #19: Religious Community
Asset #20: Time at Home

Chapter 7: Emphasizing a Commitment to Learning ............... 72
Asset #21: Achievement Motivation
Asset #22: SchoolEngagement
Asset #23: Homework
Asset #24: Bonding to School
Asset #25: Reading for Pleasure

Chapter 8: Instilling Positive Influences ........................... 84
Asset #26: Caring
Asset #27: Equality and Social Justice
Asset #28: Integrity
Asset #29: Honesty
Asset #30: Responsibility
Asset #31: Restraint

Chapter 9: Building Essential Skills ................................ 94
Asset #32: Planning and Decision Making
Asset #33: Interpersonal Competence
Asset #34: Cultural Competence
Asset #35: Resistance Skills
Asset #36: Peaceful Conflict Resolution

Chapter 10: Nurturing a Positive Identity ........................ 106
Asset #37: Personal Power
Asset #38: Self-Esteem
Asset #39: Sense of Purpose
Asset #40: Positive View of Personal Future

Chapter 11: Getting Started With Asset Building .................. 118

Epilogue ................................................................. 131

Appendix 1: Reproducible Handouts .............................. 133

Appendix 2: Additional Asset-Building Resources ............... 155

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