We are in the process of updating our job descriptions and compensation guidelines for all part-time staff. We are not sure how to handle compensation for youth ministry staff when they lead a weekend, or longer, retreat with the youth. These retreats at times include significant travel time to get to the retreat location. For both transit time and the whole time of the retreat the staff has responsibilities for the participating youth. Since the staff is part-time, normally they are paid based on the hours they work in preparing and implementing the youth activities. What are some guidelines for compensation when they are with the youth 24 hrs per day for the retreat?
We value out youth ministry staff and want to make sure they are fairly and equitably compensated. We'd love to hear how other churches address this issue.