I am wondering if you guys think church musicians who play regularly and commit a significant portion of time each week to the worship team should be paid? Some questions to consider for discussion/thought: 1. Does the regular church pianist/organist get paid? Why or why not? 2. Why should a pastor be paid? Why should a secretary, janitor, etc. be paid? Why should/shouldn't a children's Sunday School teacher be paid? 3. Are there Biblical principles to guide our thoughts? What has the church done historically? I ask this question because as the church uses contemporary praise music, the demand for highly skilled musicians is increasing. Some worship teams prepare 8 to 10 songs per week, spending a total of 8 to 10 hours in rehearsal, preparation, maintenance of equipment, etc. Should this be a "freebie" done "for the Lord"? For example, should a church use a decent/just OK guitarist who plays for free (for Jesus) or should it pursue a better qualified, semi-pro or pro guitarst who should be compensated (and who will greatly enhance the quality of the music). Let's face it, shoddy music done by sincere people is still shoddy. The Psalms call for "skilled" musicians/vocalists. Any thoughts?