Thia statement from David Fitch is definitely overblown -- but his post gives us some good food for thought.
Youth groups have literally saved countless lives -- and this should never be discounted. A week ago, at the Wesleyan Pastor's Gathering in Jacksonville, I ran into Jaye, who was in my first youth group.
She joined our group as a Junior Higher, upon the invitation from her best friend. She gave her life to Christ, and is now serving faithfully in ministry, beside her husband, Brian.
Brian and Jaye introduced me to another young lady, who was a teenager in their youth group. When she grew up, she married a youth pastor too! All of us were standing together in a circle at the ministers' conference -- and I felt like a proud grandpa!