Spiritual Covering for Musicians
Earlier this week, I was having a conversation with my Pastor about the spiritual covering of church musicians. He mentioned that he has conversed with several church musicians, and found that they do not have any spiritual covering. He asked me why I believe that is the case. As a 30-year veteran church musician, with twin uncles who are also church musicians, I shared with him that some of the concern comes from the fact that many musicians have experienced churches not wanting to compensate them if they become a member. This is because some churches look at the ministry service of musicians the same way they look at the ministry service of the Deacons in the church, which does not come with compensation. Some musicians can afford not to be compensated because they have other sources of income, while others receive their primary or sole source of income from their music ministry.
It is important for Christian musicians to be covered and grow spiritually. Gaining Spiritual family who can walk authentically with you through life is needed and priceless. Staying in the Word of God, exercising the spiritual disciplines, growing in Faith, and learning to Worship in Spirit and Truth not only helps the musician personally, but also enhances their ministry and the church! It helps promote the mission of the church, enhances leadership capability and capacity, and ensures that decisions are Holy-Spirit led, which will always bring the increase and growth of the Kingdom of God!
I would love to hear others’ thoughts on this. Please comment on this blog. How can churches incentivize the musicians that serve them to obtain spiritual covering? What are other reasons that church musicians do not have spiritual covering? What are other ways to solve this problem?