A youth minister typically lasts about 18 months at a parish...
I've been at my parish part time for two years and am in the middle of my third year full time. I have, in no way, figured anything out except to pray. A lot. However, tonight I talked to some seniors who are graduating this spring-- the first group of kids whom I've watched go all the way through high school. Listening to them reflect on high school, their choices and where they're going in the future, I realized something.
Catholic teenagers turn into Catholic adults.
If you're a youth minister in your first couple years... Couragio! It's not easy. But so worth it.