I was sent a link to a blog post about the teenage brain by Neil MacQueen. I was skeptical at first, but found this to be very well written. I encourage you to read the post yourself, click here to do so.
One thing Neal states in this post is the need for youth ministries. He states, and I agree, that there are changes needed (and many happening) in the world of youth ministry. But I believe whole heartily that quitting youth ministry all together is not the answer.
The other thing he talks about and I have been thinking about a lot lately is how to match our teaching and expectations with the students cognitive level. In our recent program changes we tossed around the idea of combining Jr. and Sr. high on a more regular basis, but this cognitive issue is why we decided not to. Now several months into the changes, and after reading this, I know we made the right decision to keep them split.
Obviously a lot more I could say… Give it a read, and I am curious of your take on it as well.