Request a Speaker

Speaker requests FAQ

Thank you for being a missions advocate! Our missionaries and staff are eager to share how God is at work through your support, prayers and financial gifts.

Many churches and state conventions request speakers for a variety of missions events. We recommend making your request as early as possible, even up to a year in advance to secure a speaker.

1. How to submit a request

Complete and submit the online Speaker Request form.

A member of the NAMB team will review your request and contact you to provide a list of potential speakers in your geographic area.

You can choose a speaker from the list to contact. You may need to contact several to find one who is available for your date.

2. How soon should I start my efforts to secure a speaker?

As soon as you have a date, up to a year in advance, submit your request and contact a speaker. If your request is submitted less than two months prior to the event, it is unlikely a speaker will be able to rearrange his or her schedule to attend. In that case, see the speaker alternatives below in question nine.

3. What criteria should I consider in selecting a speaker?

First, determine the topic. Active missionaries, retired missionaries and NAMB staff can speak on specific ministries or provide updates on how Cooperative Program and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® gifts are used. You can choose from the list of speakers we will provide of those available in your geographic area.

4. Who will be responsible for travel and related expenses?

Most missionaries do not have a travel budget for speaking engagements. Be sure to discuss in advance with the speaker what you will provide for lodging, meals and travel to and from your event. It is best to be prepared to fully cover those expenses.

5. What are expectations for honorarium?

Honorariums may be given to missionaries and are appreciated. If the missionary cannot accept for any reason, he or she will let you know. In regard to amount, consider the amount given to a visiting pastor or evangelist and give the same to the speaker.

6. Who arranges for the speaker's travel?

Travel plans need to be discussed with the speaker in advance. Details should be provided as to whether you will pay for all costs up front or if the speaker will need to pay and then provide receipts to be reimbursed. Clearly communicate if there is a limit to the travel allowance amount.

7. For lodging, which is preferred; hotel or host home?

Hotels are preferred, however, sometimes a church may want to provide a host home. If a home is considered, be sensitive to never create an environment that could be inappropriate. The speaker should not be at a residence alone with a member of the opposite sex who is not his or her spouse or direct family member. The same applies to meals and transportation. If the speaker’s spouse and children are invited, accommodations and child care options need to be part of the discussion in advance.

8. What does the speaker need to know about the expectations?

  • Event start and end time, location, topic, audience, etc.
  • Other groups the speaker will be expected to address such as children, youth, adult Sunday School classes, etc.
  • Audio/video equipment available for a video or presentation
  • If the event will be broadcast live or posted online at a later time

9. What if the speaker or the church needs to cancel?

Discuss with the speaker in advance how a cancellation needs to be handled in the event of illness, emergency, etc.

10. What are alternatives to having a speaker on-site?

  1. Use a NAMB video to highlight a ministry or missionary. Resources can be found at namb.net/video and anniearmstrong.com. Your missions leader may also want to contact the featured missionary for prayer requests. Those can be shared with your church members to write notes of encouragement to the missionary.
  2. Schedule a video conference call. Missionaries are often available to talk with churches or groups via phone, Skype, or other online meeting options (Go To Meeting, Zoom, etc.). Schedule the call in advance with the speaker, and be aware of differences in time zones.