by Rev Matthew
I am a commissioned counseling minister and also ordained by a church and act as a pastor with no salary.
When I begin a counseling relationship, I take an assessment fee that is the same amount I pay out for the processing of the assessment. Then based on income and family size I let them know what I think is appropriate for a donation. Then I never bring up the topic of money again.
Some donate nothing, some donate exactly what I said was appropriate, others whatever they happen to have in their pocket. But, I never solicit these donations, and will continue to counsel them whether they donate or not.
Are these donations required to be reported?