What aspect of your church's youth ministry has cost you the most sleep?
I put this question to several pastors across the country, wanting to know what goes wrong most often. Some of the stories sounded familiar. Others were the stuff of which nightmares are made.
"It was the phone call from an irate parent after a boy with 'punk orange' hair sang a Steve Taylor song in church."
"We had a bus wreck that put four of our high schoolers on the critical list in the hospital. One boy was paralyzed."
"A young man was shot while two high school boys were hunting on a youth mission trip."
"Our church is in the middle of a $5 million dollar lawsuit over an incident with a gun at one of our young-singles retreats."
"I had to pull the plug on a music group performing in our sanctuary at an area youth rally."
"We just fired our youth pastor. This is the fourth youth pastor we have let go in four years."
"I had to explain to our board why our youth pastor had put a $2,000 dollar deposit on a retreat center ...1