I just want to see what others here have observed. From my own experience, it seems that in 95% of cases, those students who thrive spiritually and continue thriving after high-school are those whose parents raise them in such a way that they would be fine even if our church had no youth ministry. Those student's whose parents are either non-churched, or whose parents attend church, but have little spiritual impact on their kids are the students who do not walk with God, either in high-school or afterwards. I personally don't think the bible prohibits youth ministries, but the difference between those who have godly parents and those who don't is simply striking. I would say this goes with educational choices as well, it is not the school, but the parent's who have the primary impact on their children's outcome. Your thoughts?