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