Should worship musicians musicians get compensated in the church?


Should worship musicians musicians get compensated  in the church?

In the Old Testament, we see numerous examples of musicians playing instruments and singing songs of praise to God. For example, in 1 Chronicles 16:4-5, it says, "He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to extol, thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel: Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals."

While some musicians are required to work longer hours to cater for the music department in their church; these musicians have needs, and family commitments and must provide for their household, according to the Scriptures - 1 Timothy 5:18 -"But if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially family members, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever".

"There is nothing wrong with the Church compensating worship musicians, those who are honoring the Lord with their time, but what happens if these musicians cannot separate their compensation from their worship; When it gets to a point where you can not separate your worship from your compensation, that is a fine line of corruption; whether you be a musician, a dancer, a singer - remember the reason why you dance, the altar where you are dancing at, remember you worship the Lord in all you do; whether in songs, music, arts, or secular work - you must be able to separate your pay from worship" - Apostle Ebenezer Gabriels

To churches, there will be musicians who will opt out and decide to serve the Lord without pay; there will also be other musicians who are not steady financially; the church should communicate budgets to these musicians and set expectations; Do not leave musicians hanging, or keep them working for you longer, taking away their productive time which could be used to source for work outside the church; as they have families and other needs to cater for;

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