The Gospel Herald reminds of how important our role is as youth workers in the church. Here’s a clip:

The president of the largest U.S. evangelical body opened up a U.S-focused annual mission conference by emphasizing that youth ministry is the most important factor in changing the culture.

NAE President Emphasizes Need for Change in Rising Generation Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, speaking at the 2006 annual conference of the Mission America Coalition in St. Louis on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. (Photo: Mission America Coalition) “The youth pastors are some of the most important leaders in the city,” said the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), on Tuesday, according to a Mission America Coalition (MAC) report.

“We are not going to let this generation go to Hell,” Haggard told nearly 150 church, ministry, and lay leaders from across the country. “We are not going to let MTV be more dominant in this generation than the Church. We are not going to turn away from this generation…we are going to do something decisive in order to make a difference.”

Haggard spoke on the first night of the annual Mission America Coalition that concludes Thursday in St Louis. The three-day conference entitled, “Cultural Shift: Have we Passed the Tipping Point?” strategizing how to bring about a cultural shift in America.