I had an opportunity to talk to some young people this weekend, and the comment from many college students was that, "Youth Ministry is just glorified baby sitting." I objected, and said it was a very needed ministry. (No, I'm not a youth minister.) They said they actually gained almost no biblical knowledge from a youth minister or a youth ministry event. They spoke of times as children when they participated in many, many events where they learned many things. They view children's ministry as needed. I said, "What about the retreats? The bible classes?" They shook their heads. "We get more from the senior pastor. Most Youth Ministers today are just teens that like to stand up and talk. They don't have the bible knowledge the pastor has. They can't teach because they haven't learned." This shocked me. My youth minsiter was a highly educated mature adult who viewed the whole process as a ministry geared toward a specific age group. These kids tell me that it has evolved, in many churches, to a recreation that occasionally mentions the bible. Since the group represented Baptist Churches all across the country, I couldn't just write off what they said to, "You're in the wrong church." What's going on out there??