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In the late 1800's more than 2 million children in the UK attended Sunday schools. As Thompson's research indicates, this had dropped to just over 500,000 by the mid 1950s and 60s.
There is no doubt whatsoever, none at all, that the desperate passion that a youth worker feels for young people spurs them on within ministry.
When I am training people to do youth work, I often ask them how young people are commonly described. Often, the list of derogatory terms is longer than the list of positive ones.