Ministering to Teens – My Favorite Quotes

Having worked in youth ministry for over 10 years, I love to study adolescence and how to best minister to them. These are three of my favorite quotes on teenagers that really made me analyze how I minister to them. These three quotes helped change my paradigm on ministering to youth.

“Stanley Hall and others observed a new culturally accepted ‘holding period’ – a pause button – between the carefree life of a child and the expectations of adulthood. This pause, which Hall called adolescence, was culture’s way of providing teenagers with a respite to wrestle with a few issues.”
Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go, pg. 30, by Mark Oestreicher

“Our students aren’t primarily concerned about concepts…They’re far more interested in concrete application: How does this truth look in real life? How does this biblical principle play out in my school? Yeah, neat idea, but what about …?
Speaking to Teenagers: How to Think About, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages, pg. 42, by Doug Fields and Duffy Robinson

“Here is the gist of what you are about to read: American young people are, theoretically, fine with religious faith – but it does not concern them very much, and it is not durable enough to survive long after they graduate from high school. One more thing: we’re responsible.”
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, pg. 3, by Kenda Creasy Dean

Question: What quotes or ideas have changed and challenged you in your ministry?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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