As the wise man and preacher king Solomon opined, ‘iron sharpens iron’.
Ministry requires that at several points in time we invite other ministers to come sharpen or bless our various ministries.
It is believed that, if someone blesses your ministry spiritually, your ministry should in turn or return, as the case may be, bless the person materially.
Several ministers and ministries have had bickerings with regards appreciation and honorarium.
This piece comes in handy as it seeks to address this salient issue.
This is not a hard and fast rule but an attempt to address the issue and seek a redress.
The following underlisted are ways to determine your guest speakers’ honorarium:
- YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GUEST SPEAKER.
- If he is your spiritual father or mentor, you must ensure that the offering is good enough and depicts honour so you can draw from the virtue he carries.
- If I be your father, where is my honour?
- Honour is the bond between spiritual fathers and sons and honour must cost you substance.
- THE GUEST SPEAKER’S PEDIGREE IN MINISTRY.
- You must consider the pedigree of your guest in determining his honorarium.
- For instance, consider how long he has been in ministry; his patriarchal status in the body of Christ, maybe even his biological age, etc.
- For instance, you cannot host someone that has invested many years in ministry and probably is elderly in age and give him peanuts as love offering.
- THE SIZE OF YOUR MINISTRY.
- Don’t give your guests peanut if God has enlarged your ministry in both human and financial resources.
- A big ministry should not give guests small offerings.
- My mum once preached in a ministry that averages about a thousand members and was given an offering of #10,000.
- THE IMPACT GOD USED YOUR GUEST TO MAKE IN THE PROGRAM AND IN YOUR MINISTRY.
- If God used your guest to save many lost souls, heal the sick and work miracles, then give him a good offering.
- Material benefits must accompany spiritual seeds.
- THE NUMBER OF DAYS YOUR GUEST MINISTERED.
- If someone ministers for several days in your program, say 2-4 days, give him a good offering.
- I once preached for 5 days in a 21 days Program of a Church and was given N10,000. I travelled from my state of residence to another state in the country for the program.
- THE DISTANCE YOUR GUEST TRAVELED TO ATTEND THE PROGRAM.
- If someone comes from outside your city of ministry, especially from a far distance, endeavour to take good care of him.
- THE COSTS AND LOGISTICS OF TRAVEL YOUR GUEST INCURRED.
- How did your guest come: by air, road or sea?
- Who bore the costs and logistics of travel?
- If it’s your guest, then give him an offering that can refund what he spent and still have something left afterwards.
- Some people have invited me and told me that they could not pay for my flight ticket to and fro but they would be able to pay for one way. In the end, they gave me a love offering that could replace my ticket money and still have something left.
- THE ENCUMBRANCES AND INCONVENIENCES OF TRAVEL OF YOUR GUEST.
- Some journeys can take 2 or 3 days to cover.
- If your guest went through so much to attend your program, do well to give him a good offering.
- THE SACRIFICE YOUR GUEST MADE TO ATTEND THE PROGRAM.
- Don’t take people’s sacrifices for you and your ministry for granted.
- For instance, there was a time Calabar-Itu Highway was very bad and almost impassable such that travelling from Calabar to Uyo become a journey of between 6-12 hours.
- Some people that had preaching engagement in Uyo from Calabar had to take a fight from Calabar to Lagos or Abuja and take another to Uyo, while others used speed boat from Calabar to Oron and afterwards use a vehicle from Oron to Uyo.
- Sacrifices should be considered when determining honorarium.
- FUNDS RAISED DURING THE PROGRAM.
- Certain people have the gift of fund raising.
- If God has used someone to generate money for your ministry, himself and his ministry must also enjoy the proceeds.
- The husbandman that labours must be the first partaker of the fruit. Don’t muzzle the mouth of the ox that threads the corn.
- A certain friend of mind preached in a certain church and raised #2.4m and 3 cars and the wicked host gave a paltry #10,000 to him as honorarium.
- I have preached in a meeting where almost N5m was generated and I was given N5,000 by my host and he told me that he will see me later, of which he never did.
- As much as possible, give honorarium on time.
- Plan your programs in advance and budget adequately for the overall welfare of your guest.
- As much as possible, let your guest go home with his appreciation or love offering.
- Don’t tell him to give you account details that you’ll call him later.
- Most ministers, especially at the early stage of ministry, incur debt in going for a program. They borrow money for transport fare with the expectation that they will pay when they return, please don’t dash their hopes because hope deferred makes the heart sick.
- It is better to cancel a program if you are not sure of taking care of your guests appropriately than to invite people and dishonour them in the process.
The motive of ministry is not to amass money but if the minister has no money to take care of himself, the minister, his family and ministry will face severe difficulties.
For God has ordained that those that preach the gospel should live of the gospel.