Love Offering or Guest Minister Honoriaum

by Jan
(Texas)

When a church has a visiting pastor or evangelist preach and an offering is taking up, is that recorded in the books as a "love offering" or "guest minister's honoriaum"? Which is correct to use or is it just a choice of words?


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Aug 29, 2010
Love Offering vs Honorarium
by: Marcus in Texas

Jan--I vote for "Love Offering" since more of your members will be familiar with that term than with anything containing the word "Honorarium"........

Aug 30, 2010
Honorarium Payment
by: Vickey

According to Wikipedia, an honorarium is an ex gratia payment made to a person for their services in a volunteer capacity or for services for which fees are not traditionally required. This is used by groups such as schools or sporting clubs to pay coaches for their costs. Another example includes the payment to a guest speaker at a conference to cover their travel, accommodation, or preparation time.

So, in your case, it would be just a choice of words. Just keep in mind that whichever wording you use, the payment would be taxable income to the recipient.

Aug 30, 2010
Love Offering or Guest Minister Honoriaum
by: Jan

We are aware that both are taxable income and the visiting minsiter completes a W-9. Thanks!

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