reThink: Is Youth Ministry Working?
Sixty years ago there were no youth pastors in evangelical churches. Today, if a church does not have a youth pastor or at least a youth ministry structure, it is considered strange and behind the times. It would be arrogant to say that churches 50-60 years ago that did not have youth ministries were less faithful and yet most people, including myself, have an inward sense that Youth ministry is important. Most Christians are aware of the oft-quoted statistic that more people come to faith in Christ in their middle/high school years than any other stage of life. Youth ministry is important–we must teach, equip, and make disciples of the youth in our churches lest we fail to live obediently to Christ our Lord.
Excerpt from Drew Dixon - "Elect Exiles"