What Should a Guest Preacher Be Paid

February 16, 2016
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Podcast Episode #199


We discuss the etiquette and principles related to hosting a guest preacher or speaker at a church. Be sure to listen for the story about the boa constrictor. Needless to say, Jonathan isn’t a fan of snakes.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Host churches should cover the cost of travel and meals for guest preachers.
  • Lodging for guest speakers/preachers should be generous and comfortable.
  • For a guest preacher, base the honorarium off your pastor’s salary.
  • When determining what to pay a guest speaker, take into consideration the full amount of time given up for the event.
  • A small gift for a guest speaker’s family is a great way to thank them for sharing their loved one with your church.

The six considerations that we cover for hosting and compensating a guest preacher or speaker at your church are:

  1. Cover the cost of travel.
  2. Reimburse for their meals.
  3. Lodging should be generous and comfortable.
  4. Base the honorarium off your pastor’s salary (including housing allowance) – half a percent per service.
  5. Different events call for different levels of compensation.
  6. Remember the speaker’s family as well.

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