That makes me sad.
I assured her that if I had the chance, I would take a dozen kids, just like her son. It was unusual, she said, to find a church that emphasized community, safety, and acceptance. It was equally rare to find a church that thought God's love was as good a motivation for salvation as a fear of Hell. She thought it was odd that we focused on fixing the problem--man's lack of a relationship with God--rather than the symptomatic sins that churches usually attempt to fix.
I say this not to toot my own horn--God knows I've done nothing to be proud of, with the exception of free-climbing the exterior wall of our church. I say it because I think that right now, there are other youth groups like ours that are being labelled as wishy-washy or liberal. We are neither. And we need to encourage one another. You're doing the right thing.