I love this infographic from Adam McLane which highlights the critical issue in the church. Youth ministry (or any other ministry) can not be about one person. It doesn’t work that way. There’s too much for each person.
As it says, in the USA, each church can’t reach the 427 10-19 year olds with 1 paid youth worker, and yet that is the expectation so many times – and something youth workers are often guilty of encouraging.
In the UK there are approx. 5.4 million teenagers today, with approximately 8,000 youth workers employed by churches etc. so our statistic would be even higher at a ratio of 1 to 675 young people!
Simply put one person can’t (or shouldn’t) do it ALL!