I know that technically this should be in the youth ministries forum, but I wanted to get as much insight into this as possible. If it needs to be moved I completely understand. Also this post may be a bit long. I am the Youth Pastor at my church. I love the Youth Ministry and know for a fact that this is where God wants me to serve. My issue is that I feel I am fighting a losing battle. I know that the final outcome has been decided but I fear the casualty count along the way. None of my kids parents go to church, it is simply not a priority to them. I want my teaching to be as effective as possible and I worry that I am not reaching them at all. The only Bible that they get is when the come to youth group meetings. The hardest thing to overcome is not the parents apathy, but the fact that for most of these kids they have no good role models in their lives at all except at church. Some of their home situations are beyond belief. I can already see some of them starting to harden their hearts and begin heading down dangerous roads and I feel powerless to reach them. I know that in my own strength I am powerless but I trust you understand what I am trying to say. I want to reach these kids and I love them like they were mine. I have lost sleep over them (please don't think I am trying to puff myself up here). Does anyone have any suggestions how I can ensure my teaching is as effective as it can be? I know that the final results are Gods and He and He alone gives the increase but I want to make sure that I am doing my part as well. Thank you for any advice and most importantly please pray for my kids.