(Closed) How much to pay minister

posted 8 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are doing between $100 and $150.  We haven’t decided yet.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was going to give $150.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our offciating pastor, a close mentor of ours who is also doing our premarital counselling said do not give him money/gift right at the beginning, so I don’t have much of an advice.  (although I still wanna give him something as a token of thanks) Your safe bet is to ask couples who the pastor had officiated and see how much is the reasonable amount (don’t ask what they gave, but their opinon)..

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

double posted..

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I didn’t know what to give our minister either. So I took the blunt approach and called the church secretary and asked! Thank goodness I did because she said the amount was $300 when FI and I were thinking more like $150. I’m so glad I asked, because I would have been very embarassed to have “low-balled” our minister’s services.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

One of my best friends is a United Methodist minister.  If you are a member of their congregation, they are not allowed to ask for a donation/fee.  If you are not a member of the congregation then I think it’s around $300.  When I asked her how much her congregants donate she said it’s usually $200-300, particularly when the minister has done premarital counseling.  If they haven’t done so then it would be less.

 

Thought this might help!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our minister is a family friend, so we writing him a nice card with a $50 gift card to a restaurant for him and his wife, as they don’t go out much. We’re also going to include a $100 check. So altogether we are paying him $150.

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