Should A Preacher Received An Honorarium For Preaching??

I would like to know you all views on pastors or preachers receiving an honorarium.  What do you think about churches that invite guest speakers but fail to give them an honorarium? Do you think that churches exploit speakers or speakers exploit churches? If a church does not keep its word with the guest speaker, how should he handle such a situation? 


The Rev. Ernest Blue Jr. of Richmond is often called to be a guest preacher. A retired city schoolteacher and associate minister at Triumphant Baptist Church in North Side, Rev. Blue said he’s at a different church almost every weekend delivering a sermon in place of the pastor. And until July 1, he always has received an honorarium of $100. “Until now, it was done without exception,” said Rev. Blue, 71, who estimates that he has been a guest preacher several thousand times during his 50 years as a minister. “As soon as I’m done, someone hands me an envelope. No one talks about it. It’s just expected,” he said. But that didn’t happen when he preached at the 10 a.m. service at Morning Star Baptist Church on the first Sunday in July.

 Ironically, his topic was “Everything that looks good to you ain’t good for you.” He said the pastor of the South Side church, Rev. Tyrell O. Brown, texted and called him on June 30 to come and deliver the sermon. Rev. Brown attended the service, but turned the sermon over to Rev. Blue. After the service ended, Rev. Blue said Rev. Brown asked him to come to his office where he delivered the bad news to Rev. Blue: “I don’t have any money to pay you,” Rev. Blue recounted. 

Rev. Blue said Rev. Brown then presented him with a Morning Star baseball cap and an umbrella as compensation. After doing so, Rev. Brown followed up by asking Rev. Blue to come back and preach at several other services. Rev. Blue said he turned down the offer. Rev. Brown has not responded to several Free Press requests for comment. “I had heard rumors that others who had been guest preachers did not receive any pay, but I didn’t pay attention,” Rev. Blue said. “Now I know it’s true.” He said he decided to speak out so that other ministers could avoid making the same mistake he did of expecting an honorarium and not receiving it. “I don’t think it’s right for a church leader to do this to fellow ministers,” Rev. Blue said. “Other ministers need to know.”
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  1. Is it wrong for Mr. Ernest Blue to expect to get paid for preaching? Was it wrong for the church to give him a cap and umbrella as a gift for preaching? We were taught that to share God's Word was an honor and privilege not a side hustle. Now I do understand the Biblical principle of taking care of the men and women of God for their labor, but to do it for profit is a whole new thing.

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  2. This is a matter between these two. We ought not to be busybodies in other men's affairs.

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    1. Anonymous slow your roll!! If it's a matter between these two then explain to me why it's in the news smarty pants? It's obvious one of these men feel as if they have been taken advantage of by the other. Is this your pastor?

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    2. Ms. Ann. You right. One of these men feel he was taken advantage of. It's my guess the other man felt he treated him fairly. This is a dispute these two should settle. That's just my opinion. I believe we outsiders have too much say so in these type affairs with the local churches. Busybodies...

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  3. Ms Ann, if your question is should church pay a visiting speakers, I think that's between the church and the speaker.

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  4. Internet Pastor:Saturday, 14 July, 2018

    Ms. Ann there is a silent "Rule" that visiting pastors are supposed to get a 50/50 split honorarium (half of the offering)? I clearly understand taking care of preachers and paying them for their time, gifts and ministry. But have preachers taken this idea of honorarium too far? I've had honorariums as low as $200 and as great as $12,000. But never was it DEMANDED of that pastor and I was always grateful for whatever I received, though sometimes I was treated poorly.
    I was doing the road thing in my early 20's and have more experience than some guys who are twice my age. I QUALIFY to speak on this. I think we have made this more about money than ministry. "I can't come for less than $2,000." You can't? It's ONE service. Why cant you come for less than 2 grand? I'm just disappointed in what it has become. Is anyone preaching and prophesying with the intent to save souls, heal the sick and edify the body? Or is it all attached to a price tag? Thank you Ms. Ann for putting it out there.

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    1. Amen. The silent rule is between the church and the visiting Pastor. All these non-church attenders want to tell a local congregation how to conduct their affairs. Typical of many in a backslidden state forsaking to assemble themselves as a matter as some is.

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  5. Church is business. Preaching is free. The question is what value is put on both when combined. Tough to define, especially when it's priceless info!

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    1. Church is a ministry.

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    2. Church is business, ministry have long left the church. This low life pastor had the nerve to give this man a cap and a umbrella for preaching, that's a slap in the face, yes he needed to have been blasted for it.

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    3. No the church had not cease to be a ministry. It always had and always will be.

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  6. Matthew 10:5-8 - 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

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  7. My father pastors a church and requested not to receive any income from the church. My father receives two pensions from his secular job; he believes that the money collected in tithes and offerings should go to the needs of the church.

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    1. The picture of the disgruntled guest speaker is uncalled for. The matter should be discussed between the church pastor and the guest speaker. The Word says to do things in decency and in order. Especially since they are both brothers in the ministry. Just goes to show once again how the church handles their affairs like secular folk nowadays. Come, let's reason together before taking selfies and exposing the dirty laundry or misunderstandings to the public.
      This is exactly why Christians are getting a bad name! The world is watching us!!

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  8. Ms. Ann thanks for posting, keep up the good work.

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  9. I agree that he should not have gone public. For me, the personalized merchandise was the clear evidence of obliviousness. That was so tacky. I could better understand it if the pastor just said he expected guest ministers to work without pay.
    What would you do if someone gave you a bag of sh*t for payment?
    If someone isn’t willing to give up their Mammon worship long enough to be minorly generous, they shouldn’t give something worthless as a cap and umbrella it's an insult.
    Generally, I’ve seen pastors generally expect payment for funerals, weddings, etc. in addition to tithe paid.

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  10. This is why popular church speakers and musical artist have you sign a contact and make you pay them up front including fulfilling their rider requests. That way you won't have to worry about being paid in bubble gum after service. Get your money up front. You can't trust everybody.

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  11. In my personal opinion.
    Pastors shouldn’t be paid for the service of leading people to Christ that should be FREELY GIVEN.

    If he EXPECTS to get a certain payment for every sermon he preaches, he needs to have a contract written out to protect himself and the church.

    And if he doesn’t like the pay, find a Another PROFESSION with a guaranteed salary.

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    1. I’ll say, get a regular job, and stop expecting people to pay for his house, cars, tailored suits, gator shoes and pinky diamond ring. Whatever happened to preaching to reach the lost? Healing of the sick? Demons being cast out? Like I said on another blog, church today, is NOT like church of yesterday. It’s all about the Benjamin’s! I’ve been in service and the pastor’s son brought a fiery sermon, the altar was packed, he prayed for many people. The people were blessed............until he asked them to bring a “seed” offering. I witnessed him standing there, looking down on the altar, to see what people were giving. Many started making fun of him. The offerings had already been raised for the day. Then here he comes asking for a seed offering. Gullible folks gave out of emotions. It always happens at the end of the falling out, running around the aisles. People better seek God for directions on giving. But if you’re a sent preacher, God will provide for you. If you’re a went preacher, milk the congregation for all you can get. We’re NOT supposed to pay mortgages for no one but our own families. I gives out of a cheerful heart. God loves a cheerful giver! I don’t EVER give out of my necessities. I won’t be sitting in the dark sweating, while the pastor is cooking in his mansion.

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    2. *cooling* in his mansion. Correction

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  13. First of all, this man is a RETIRED School TEACHER. He probably has more income than many of you here. Lastly, the Bible says -

    "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward."

    How are we going to interpret what the SPIRIT OF GOD is saying through the APOSTLE? I'm addressing this question to those who DO NOT attend a local congregation, probably most of you all here. But for those who sits under an elder that rules.

    Man's opinion does NOT Matter.

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  14. You go to work and have them hand you an umbrella and a hat at the end of the day.
    See how that works out.
    And they couldn't give this man $100???!!!!
    Are you serious?
    You got these pimps, I mean preachers asking for $20, 000$30,000 even $50,000 to come preach and this man can't get $100???!!!
    Yea aiight.
    I wouldn't go back there either.

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