Everyone has seen or heard the stats about the short tenures of pastors to children, youth and college students. The common narrative is that they spend two to three years on average at any given church. There also currently seems to be a shortage of these next gen leaders across the nation.
With the knowledge and expectation that God calls us to serve, we should champion service and ministry as we do other calls to obedience.
Develop a youth ministry strategy that clearly presents a path for congregational connection – from a focus on the youth group to a focus on serving.
Thus, if the Word is the priority, perhaps more engagement in memorizing and understanding it should be part of youth ministry strategy.
A good theology of youth would change the way we do youth ministry, but it might also affect the way we think of church.