College students make great youth ministry volunteers.
College students are terrible youth ministry volunteers.
College students’ proximity in age to high school youth allows them to relate in ways older adults can’t.
College students’ proximity in age to high school youth renders their judgment and boundaries weak and makes them a liability.
Youth ministry is a terrific vehicle for developing the leadership capabilities of college students who may be discerning vocations in ministry.
Youth ministry is a vehicle for ministry with youth. College students need to have their own thing.
Okay, so I’ve never utilized youth ministry infrastructure to recruit and train college-aged young adults. I’ve worked with some as leaders, and those experiences have mostly been good. But I’ve never built a collegiate arm of a youth ministry program, even though I’ve always kind of wanted to.
Why would this not be a net asset?