What role does/should church council and/or elders play in youth ministry in your church?
Up until now, most of our kids have been elementary age and younger (we are a relatively newly formed congregation), so we have not had an established middle school / high school youth ministry. We are beginning to plan and develop what that looks like now, and I'm wondering what role we should have the elders and/or council play—both in the formation and in the on-going life of the ministry.
What do you do that works well to provide both ownership and support of the youth ministry at your church? What do you wish you would have done?