My church is currently shifting to a family-integrated emphasis, doing away with the Youth Pastor position. Instead we will focus on equipping and training parents to disciple their children as we believe God intended.
At least that’s the plan.
The church I received Christ in did not have a youth pastor. We had just about everything else. Kids sat with their parents and if the baby cried or a toddler got too restless, the parent took the child out of the sanctuary.
Personally, while I still favor age appropriate curriculum to empower and equip youth for Christ, the primary responsibility to shape and disciple children rests with the parents.
Just a thought….