So I’ve only been in full-time ministry a year, but I have 5 years of part-time intern experience where I have seen and experienced many things. I feel that I am fortunate to have had those experiences. But I have come upon a re-occurring theme. An unrealistic expectation on the youth ministry. Churches that are stagnant, or dying want to see their youth pastor grow their youth ministry. Sure it’s possible, especially when that youth pastor trusts fully in God. But the reality of it is, that the students of the adult attendees of the church are the core of the youth ministry. If that group is small, or non-existent then there is little grow on. Especially in this time when students are just as busy as their parents, running from school to practice, to church, to home to do homework. I’m not saying that growth should not be encouraged in this atmosphere, it most definitely should. But what I am saying is that if a church is not growing or is slowly loosing it’s numbers, it is unfair to blame the youth pastor for the failure to grow a youth ministries numbers. More important than the numbers is the spiritual health of the students. Sometimes growing fully mature followers of Christ means no numerical growth but a small group dedicated to each other and the word of God and His call.