Pulpit Supply - Honorarium
The Committee was asked by Council of Conference to give guidance on payments when a Presbyter, Deacon or Lay Preacher conducts a service of worship on a casual basis.
The Committee does not favour a set payment based on a percentage of Stipend as used by the Presbyterian Church. The following are noted:
- A Presbyter receiving a full stipend if taking a casual service outside their appointment responsibility would not be eligible for additional payment.
- The Committee agrees that a Koha/Honorarium is appropriate. As a minimum, costs of travel should be covered.
Current practice suggests that an amount between $50 and $100 would be appropriate.
Where there is a regular arrangement conversation should take place with the Synod Superintendent as it may be more appropriate to have a covenant in place.
Any amount paid over and above actual expenses are taxable.