The General Overseer of Joyful Presence Chapel International, Apostle Dr. Ernest Agyepong has insisted that Church instrumentalists and musicians must be paid if that is the source of income “since it will go a long way to motivate him”.
According to him, if the musician decided to work sacrificially he should be permitted but the Church should not hesitate to pay them if that is what they do professionally.
“Musicians in the church must be paid. Maybe some may feel uncomfortable to call it salary, but something must be paid. If a musician chooses to do it on sacrificial basis, that’s fine, but if playing is his only source of income, there is nothing wrong if the church decides to support such a person, since it will go a long way to motivate him” he said.
Speaking on Sunny FM’s Christian Entertainment Review Program, Apostle Dr. Ernest Agyepong noted that musicians fall under the “ministry of helps” as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:28 and therefore can be likened to the Levites in the book of Numbers who were supported with tithes for their services rendered in the house of the Lord.
Apostle Dr. Ernest Agyepong further cited the lack of effective communication between church leaders and musicians, resulting in the latter, in some cases boycotting church or becoming ‘floating’ instrumentalist popularly referred to as “shabo shabo” but was quick to caution musicians to analyze the strength of their church before making demands.
On poaching instrumentalists from other churches to one’s ministry, the Apostle condemned the practice and called on church leaders to nurture their own talents.
“The church must disciple people. You will have problems when you start poaching people. Remember, the same way you took them
(instrumentalist) from other churches, they will also be taken from you. It is bad and should be discouraged”, he stated.
By: Jeffrey Adu Gyamfi Jnr