In today’s society it takes more than parents to raise children…it takes a community of loving adults.
In his new book, All Kids Are Our Kids, Peter L. Benson, PhD. (President of Search Institute) makes a very important point regarding the current status of child rearing in the U.S., “Despite all of our efforts, programs, and investments to give young people adequate support and encouragement, many young people in today’s society still aren’t close with caring adults outside of their family.” Dr. Benson paints a vivid picture of a culture in which kids aren’t welcome in certain public places, where they can’t find safe places to hang out, or where they find it difficult to get involved in programs that are designed just for them.
Search Institute has historically represented a clear point of view on child development through their Developmental Assets research and model. In his book, Peter Benson updates this critical thinking and discusses action strategies for better alignment of communities with the needs of kids. He also summarizes key learnings derived from decades of experience with the assets approach being used in communities.
LOGOS supports the work of Dr. Benson and Search Institute as it relates to the healthy development of children. And we certainly echo his claim that kids need to be in relationship with loving Christian adults beyond their parents. LOGOS’ approach to effective ministry with children has always featured cross-generational relationships between kids and adults…to the benefit of both.
How is your ministry with children bringing kids and adults into healthy, ongoing relationships?