My former life as a school teacher came rushing back to me yesterday as I pondered a crazy thought: What if I sent home a report card each semester to the parents of my youth? What if it included grades for my youth in such areas as attendance, participation, biblical literacy, application of skills learned, ability to articulate one's faith, prayer life, outreach/mission efforts. Would parents be shocked? Would the youth know what to make of it? How might such an evaluation help a youth minister to determine how effective she is being in reaching and teaching teens? How would you even begin to evaluate/grade such areas of one's spiritual growth? Would anyone ever be brave enough to give it a try?