Core Approaches
Helping young people succeed
Search Institute’s newest research-to-practice initiative will focus on studying and strengthening the developmental relationships that help young people succeed. A developmental relationship helps young people attain the psychological and social skills that are essential for success in education and in life. Young people can form these relationships with their parents…


Building Blocks for Developing Healthy and Thriving Young People

Thanks to the Search Institute and their research over across many cultures these 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities help influence people to become caring, responsible, resilient and successful adults.

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Ministry and Mission with children, young people and families

The Comprehensive Approach recognises where churches are and helps them to look ahead, to celebrate what they are doing to develop new possibilities.
The Comprehensive Approach

  • a holistic vision of the ministry and mission of the church
  • a way of evaluating existing programs and activities
  • a planning approach that starts from where you are
  • new possibilities for ministry beyond existing groups and programs
  • community building and faith sharing between younger and older people
  • possibility of coordinated planning, programming and resources
    outward focus for mission planning
  • encourages partnership with community groups and family households
  • encourages more people to exercise gifts in ministry

Mediacom sells A Comprehensive Approach for $9.95 and is available here.

Developed by staff of the Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit (YACMU)
Growing Apostles in as approach to youth ministry developed by staff of the Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit (YACMU) in the Queensland Synod. This team of Uniting Church youth workers bring years of experience, study, research and commitment and combine it with a passion for ensuring that youth ministry is…