1. The word student pastor is not in the Bible.
2. The parents are to be the ones discipling their child.
Honestly, I cannot argue with either of these points. They are true. But what I can say is that while these points are true, they cannot be strictly lived by due to the state of the world we live in. Not to mention that sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find how we should live in this world.
To illustrate this, let's look at another part of my life. My wife and I are foster parents. It is not always the easiest road to go down but we firmly believe that this is something we, as well as other followers of Christ, are called to do. You will not find the words foster parent in the Bible though. Go ahead and look I will wait. But would anyone ever say that we are not doing something that is aligned with God's work in the world? Probably not. I am sure that some would, because foster parents have gotten a bad name due to some bad eggs that got into it for the wrong reasons. But for the most part people we meet believe that we do is a noble and necessary thing. Why? Well for one, scripture says that we are to care for orphans and while we do not realize use that word any more, foster child is about as close as we can get to that. The other reason is that when you look at the world and you hear the stories of children from hard places, you can not help but think that someone should care for them.
Now, let me bridge back to our main point. Sure the Bible does not say "student pastor" or "youth minister". It does not even say "youth ministry." But Jesus poured into the life of teenagers as we looked at yesterday. And He was not their parent. Plus, if you study Acts and look at the early church, regularly people came to Christ and had to leave their jobs or even families because of their new found faith. So someone else had to step in and disciple them. So we can see clearly that someone should be ministering to youth. And if you look at some family situations it is painfully obvious that while it would be ideal for the parents to disciple their child, we cannot wait around for that to happen. Not to mention that studies have shown that at our current pace only 4% of this generation will follow Christ. This means that there is a lot of work to do and we need as many hands on deck as possible. So yes, I believe youth ministry is necessary.
I'll close with this thought. I often dream of a day where I do not have to be a foster parent anymore. It is not that I hate the work or that I am tired and want to quit. No, it is because I dream of a day where the church is doing such a great job of loving their community and the families in that community, that we are not needed anymore. I am the same way with youth ministry as well. I dream of a day where we are doing such a great job of reaching families and doing life with them that we are no longer needed because parents are pouring into their children in such a way that their lives are changed, and then those parents and teens can go out and reach others around them. But until that day comes we must stay the course and do our jobs as student pastors passionately and effectively. Because as it stands today, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.