Be ready to start from ground zero every 8 years or so. Teens grow up. Then they rip your heart out and take it to college with them!
My youth group WAS the media team AND the worship team! They were not just students. They became fellow labors in the God's work.
We slayed sacred cows together. We discussed hard topics and grew up together. I saw boys grow into men, and girls into Godly women.
THEN THEY ALL LEFT ME!!
This is enough to make you walk away from youth ministry. I "felt called" to transition to college & young marrieds. In reality I was just deeply wounded from the loss of my students.
They are doing great though and I see them on holidays, and some come home for summer.
I have 3 weddings on my calendar!
Nobody prepared me for this though. You need to be ready. It's ok to grieve the loss. It's healthy. You may resist the new batch of 6th graders coming your way. Give them a chance, and fall in love all over again. I know I have.