On youthworker.com, Brenda Seefeldt campaigns for a change in the role of youth ministry… The money quote:
Your role in this is crucial. Typically, a youth minister’s role is to lead all things youth ministry, which he or she does passionately because of his or her love for teens. May I suggest redefining your role? Instead of being the center of the teen relationships or developing volunteer staff to form relationship with teens, you become the go-between of the teen relationships with everyone in the church family. You become this great chess master. You have one big chessboard with the prize being the faith and formation of teens.
In this role, you are moving all the pieces of the church family to interact with the teens. Every person from the widows to the nursery workers can be players in the youths’ extended family.