As youth leaders we must protect our marriages and model to students what a healthy marriage looks like since probably half don't get to see this at home.
- Take time together with your spouse.
- Vacation (or in this economy "staycation) at least once a year.
- Balance your time at home.
- Allow your youth pastor to be flexible with his time. If he was out all night at ball games don't freak out if he's not at the office at 9AM.
- Understand that if your youth minister's family and marriage isn't healthy then there is no way your youth minister can minister to your students.
- COMP TIME! If your youth group is at camp for a week this means your youth pastor put in about 95 hours or more of work. He has also taken a week away from his family. Let him take some time off the next week, and not vacation time.
- In 20 years of youth ministry a youth pastor will be gone from home about 52 weeks time. Be understanding of family time.
- If it's not an emergency don't call on his day(s) off or in the evening, especially at supper time.
- Paid vacations and medical benefits. Help remove the financial stress.