Tag Archive: Teen Psychology

Oct 16

Youth Group Member = Missionary???

This Sunday is mission Sunday. You probably didn’t remember that. Don’t worry, I didn’t either but someone reminded me. Would you call the kids in your youth group missionaries? Most of us wouldn’t. But do you strive for them to become missionaries? That’s the tough question. I’ve been reading Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic …

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Sep 17

“Xtreme” gender differences

Lightening Reaction Xtreme: a shockingly fun game.

Lightening Reaction Xtreme is a different type of game. Two to four players grab a metal handle out of a plastic base and one presses a button on the base to begin. Spooky music plays while the light flashes red. Then it flashes green and beeps. Last one to press the button on their handle …

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May 06

Jesus or a Moral Code?

Is this the law?

“Make sure Johnny learns how to respect his parents.” “Suzie needs to know about chastity since I worry about her.” “I don’t care what you do as long as Bobby is good boy.” How often do we get these phrases from parents in youth ministry? Are morals the goal of youth ministry, then? It seems …

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Jan 24

Exams

OK, right now I am in exams. This means I probably won’t post much new till mid-february. Exams are probably not the best way to teach knowledge in many areas. Often we put too much stress on teens to perform. By my age, either I motivate myself or I don’t do well. Since catechesis and …

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Jan 16

It Hurts but It Isn’t Painful (Hurt 2.0 reviewed)

When I finished Hurt 2.0, I felt disappointed. I had bought a book on youth ministry expecting at least some kind of solution, some kind of resolution. Then I read the cover again: the subtitle is Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers and that is exactly what it had provided. In the end, I would …

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Dec 13

Spice up the Youth Mass… With Latin!

One of the deepest needs teens have is to belong to something bigger than themselves. A soccer team is bigger than any individual member but it doesn’t last. They want to be part of the Church! This is one of the greatest things we can offer them: it both fulfills their needs and leads them heavenward. …

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Dec 12

The Shocking Joy of the Resurrection

How often we have so much experience and it makes us dull to reality. Christ’s resurrection should be a complete surprise but it often leaves us dull. How much faith John must have had that “He saw and he believed.” (John 20:8) Working with young people and teens helps. Even though we can be a …

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Dec 11

Why Did God Made Moms?

A friend sent me this note about why God made mothers. I think it is appropriate. Some of the younger kids we deal with in youth ministry probably still think these things. And hey, it´s a good laugh. Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:  Why did God make mothers? 1. She’s …

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