One of the challenges in pricing an event is enabling people with different income levels to attend.
Usually, everyone pays a set price. For one person, this could be 10% of their weekly income. For another, it may be 1%. This isn’t equitable, but it’s difficult to know how else pricing could be done.
I appreciate the desire to enable people to attend, and to make conference attendance more equitable.
But 3 obstacles come to mind:
- Sometimes (or perhaps often), Christians expect Christian events to be free. I don’t know why this is – there are still overheads to cover. People still want morning tea. However if many of the delegates abide by the refrain “I shouldn’t have to pay to hear the gospel”, then there could be a serious impact on the budget.
- Given how reluctant Christians are to talk about money (and the cultural inappropriateness of sharing with others how much you earn), I’d be surprised if Christians were willing to give in line with the ‘three days of your daily wage’ option. Would you be willing to do this?
- Research shows that the greater the wealth and education, the less generous the person is likely to be. Or put simply “Earning higher incomes does not make American Christians more generous with their money. It actually appears to make them more stingy, protective, and distrustful.” Given this pricing strategy would require those with more to subsidise those with less, this could pose a challenge.
What do you think of this strategy?