Should church musicians be paid? is one of the most popular debate among musicians and pastors because everyone has their own philosophy about it.

Some people say it is God’s work and their reward shouldn’t be earthly and some others say if pastors are paid and given honorariums why shouldn’t musicians be paid????

Let us take a look at some prominent people view about this question “should church musicians be paid?” before we look at the screenshots of other people perspective.

Mike Abdul – Popular gospel musician in Nigeria

The place of the musician in the church is vital and needs no ‘wracking’ the head over as worship is to-a-large-extent music-driven.

Good music is directly proportional to good congregational worship experience.

Music is the musician’s trade; he definitely should be paid when he renders his service except he chooses to render his service for free.

Whether the musician should be paid is not something to think about, why would anyone not pay for service rendered? Free service is the choice of the laborer, anyone who is forced to render free service is under slavery in the hands of a wicked person or system!

When a musician requires a change of system from the hands of a master who refuses to pay, that musician will simply be perceived as rebellious. SHIKENA

Pastor Francis Madojemu – Pastor in Nigeria

About the issue of musicians, I think we may be taking a simplistic approach to the challenges they face as well as the Churches they serve in. We must realize that one of the greatest challenges we face is poverty and it drives most people into places they don’t want to go normally line corruption, stealing even armed robbery.

Musicians need to be looked after it’s their profession, the question is how?

By limiting ourselves to simply putting a burden on Churches for payment and as you know many churches struggle even to balance their budget we have shut down other doors.

If you have ever read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, a Poor Dad where he tells the story as a boy and was given a job in a store by his ‘Rich Dad’ together with Rich Dads’ actual son. It’s was only when he agreed to work for free did he see possibilities.

“..A job is only a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Most people have only one problem in mind, and its short term. It’s the bills at the end of the month, the Tar Baby. Money now runs their lives. Or should I say the fear and ignorance about money?

So they do as their parents did, get up every day and go work for money. Not having the time to say, is there another way?’ Their emotions now control their thinking, not their heads.”

Keep using your brain, work for free, and soon your mind will show you ways of making money far beyond what I could ever pay you. You will see things that other people never see.

Opportunities right in front of their noses. Most people never see these opportunities because they’re looking for money and security, so that’s all they get. The moment you see one opportunity, I you will see them for the rest of your life.”

Back to the Musicians now, there are other ways to make money for example teaching people to play instruments for a fee, producing their own music for sale, becoming sales representatives for the areas if their specialization or the equipment they love for a Commission…… I could go on and on and I am sure if we put our minds to it other opportunities would become feasible.

However, the churches where these musicians are serving should support and create platforms that empower them. Transportation costs and other considerations can be looked at but again I must say these are just simplistic at the moment.

I think both sides need to listen to each other’s needs and aspirations and work together to bridge the gap and find a solution.

It’s a problem that can be solved when we look at thinks from a win-win scenario instead of us against them approach as we are in this together.

Wole Oni – Yamaha Ambassador and Musician

First, I will start by explaining who a church musician is: A church musician is a person who sustains the church by providing musical services, especially as a performer of music who plays an instrument.

Also, a musician (or instrumentalist) is a person who is talented in making music or performing music creatively, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music.

Musician can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musician’s possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, and the orchestration of music.

Musicians act as a carrier for a particular message or suggestion.

As I meet and talk with church musicians from all backgrounds, our conversations inevitably turn to some of the difficulties of working in the church. And we usually agree that the root of those problems is less of a musical one than one that is spiritual.

I have tried to zero in on what the spiritual difficulties and challenges are for musicians who work in the church.

The church musician must first understand that our work is also a form of worship.

Secondly, we should develop the mental discipline to concentrate on our job per time, and listen to the sermon during service.

Our major role is to set the tone for an atmosphere of Praise and Worship in God’s presence each time which is probably one of the most spiritually challenging jobs anyone can have.

· Church musicians should be appreciated or encouraged which boils down to being paid or not. However, they should not be dependent on the church for survival. They should be creative, versatile, and diverse in many ways that money can flow to them.

· Being over-ambitious when you feel you can attain a height without passing through normal procedures can brew up rebellion.

· When there is a mutual agreement and balance between the church musicians and the church itself regarding the values and their views being respected in contributing to the value of the church progress there won’t be any cause for rebellion.

Being Paid is relative and should be an individual’s decision, if your spiritual life is strong and your faith in God is such that you absolutely depend on His sustenance then being paid in a church should be a personal decision. Click here to read more…..

Below are screenshots of other people perspectives so that every musician can go through them and chose the path they want to follow because life is about choices.

You can also drop your perspective about “SHOULD CHURCH MUSICIANS BE PAID???” in the comment section so that other people can learn from it.


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  1. Musician should be paid or not is individual decision but even though the individual decides to play for free the ministry should support and encourage them because musician also have their personal issue
    Musician should also think beyond playing for church they can start up and academy,studio production or medium where we can make money during the lockdown musician suffered alot
    we should think outside the church

  2. Musicians plying their trade should be duly paid. There are no two ways to it. They should be compensated appropriately. Music is an art. A disclpline, a profession. why does one need to have a profession? To cater for his well being. So, the job of playing in church should be rewarding in that aspect. Does the priest get paid? Yes? The traditional idea of treating musicians with disdain should be totally discouraged. Evaluatehe idea of seing musicians as Alagbe should end. Musicians serious art. The contributions of a musician to the totality of church service, you discorver they are the most essential. Can a church service be held without a sermon? I say yes. But can a service be held without music I say No. So why won’t such a man in charge of the music be paid? A musician in a church is a minister. It is another thing if the musician volunteers his pay. One can also imagine the number of hours put into music learning before one can excel.
    Bayo Ogunyemi Ph.D Music

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