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An Introduction to Adolescent Development

targetThese set of posts is part of the Youth Connections-a project to bring resources into the hands of youth ministers the world over. These ones have been written by Ronald Molmisa, Head Pastor of Generation 3:16 Ministries, a ministry devoted to the evangelism and discipleship of the younger generation. Ptr. Ronald is also the Campus Ministry Coordinator of the National Youth Commission of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.

When American psychologist Granville Stanley Hall, coined in 1904 the phrase “storm and stress” with reference to adolescence, he was well-aware of the changes young people experience and, perhaps, the changing variables youth ministers have to contend with—the teens themselves, the cultures which influence them, their families and friends, among others. To say the least, youth ministers are hitting a “moving target.” As a result, one program may be effective in one group but can prove to be inoperative in another. Understanding adolescent development is crucial in formulating excellent, effective and empathetic programs. This article presents the essential information on this concern and some recommendations on youth ministry strategies.

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Physical Development of Teens

Intellectual Development of Teens

Social Development of Teens

Emotional Development of Teens

Spiritual Development of Teens

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