Originally Posted by Joe-Bob
Another important point, and one I've experienced myself several times, is that if people (or a church, or any other group or organization) is not being made to pay for a service, then they usually will place no value on that service (or service person), and will treat them accordingly. At the very least, they will take those services for granted.
This is so true, I do sound board work when needed to and don't expect to receive any money for it.
But I do see the sound guys mistreated if anything goes wrong, even if it's not their fault. If a church has a budget for it being a paid position then, I see that as a great opportunity for someone to step up.