I'm in my fourteenth year at Northridge, I've served with three youth pastors. Youth pastors can be and need to be a lot of things, but in my view, they must be theologically minded. That isn't an option. I'm so thankful for Dave Boehm, Mark Nelson, and Aaron Hixson who have all had impact on my daughters and I trust them fully theologically. (By the way – although Aaron is their current youth pastor, both of the other two guys are still on our staff – just in different roles.)
Thinking theologically is one of the last things most people think they need in a youth pastor, but really need to have.
Our new youth pastor loves to read and think theologically. When we have a difficult theological issue to work through, I make sure Aaron is in the room to work it through with us.
Most of our church doesn't worry about our youth pastor's theology (or any of the staff positions), but it is very important to us.
Here is a video talking about this topic and some of its implications. Although the part of youth pastors being theologians is one minor point. This video is good for every Christ-follower to watch. Frankly, every Christ-follower needs to think biblically, but I went with the title of the video. (Warning: it is almost 10-minutes long, which is eternally long for a video posted on a blog in our culture, but I hope many of you watch it.)
If you can't see the video – click HERE or on the title above to see it.