Imagine a youth minister that had no contact with teens. Instead their contact was with adults within the community whose gifts and talents are transformed into moments of apostolic opportunities of disciple based mentoring and formation. Instead of visiting high schools, the youth ministers visits parents in their communities to discuss adolescent discipleship and praying with children. Instead of mission trip, the youth minister coordinates opportunities for families to sign up and serve within the local community. Missiological advocacy focuses on holding up a vision of discipleship not just for adolescent but for the entire community to be a congregation of active disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.
Is it possible for a youth minister to be an adult-equipper and not a teen-buddy?
Should youth ministers get out of the business of doing relational ministry and start talking to parents, grandparents, etc. about how to relate to the young people in their midst?
Can a youth minister speak have credibility with other adults if they aren't "in the trenches" with young people on a regular basis?