Yesterday we had our 1st discussion and one of the topic which arised was how much to give as honorium to a speaker. Some compared to lecturer rate, while some was putting comparison to how much others are giving which in my opinion, all are acceptable. However, a better option would be to give generously as the Lord moves our heart, not too little less we may be considered as un-appreciative, nor too much lest anyone consider us as overly generous with money put into our charge.

I think there are many possible considerations when it comes to how much to give:
1. How close is the speaker to us in terms of relationship? – Even in family or social situations, we tend to give more correct?
2. How much need do they require? – For younger speakers with growing family to support, obviously they need more! However, we know there are some who are more elderly, they’d need less. Of course some will argue they need the money for medical cares.
3. How difficult is the topic that requires the effort to prepare? – Just as some courses are more expensive than others, and the cost fee is higher.
4. If people asks how did you determine how mucg to give? – Imagine you go for a tour, usually it’s agreed at for example $5 or $10 per person to the guide for the effort. Using the same principle – assume 300 people x $10 leading to $3000. It is not too much to offer does it?

Some of the key verses that comes to my mind are:
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. – James 4:17

We the above two guiding verses, it points us to two things especially on the 2nd verse:
if we are giving too little, obviously our heart is pricking our conscience to give more.
If too much, then we need to evaluate.

Well, it was a situation evaluation and I’ve learnt again.


~ by ymsim on 2014/05/26.

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