Stephen M. Newman on paying musicians:
Several things to look at when considering whether or not to hire musicians for worship:
1) What is the individual’s motivation for serving? If it’s for a paycheck, you probably won’t get what you need from them. You may get great music, but the dynamic of the team will never gel when one of your key players is there only for the money.
2) Set your own criteria for anyone coming in who play or sing in a paid position. Even though it’s easier to control a paid player, the sense of unity will be lacking if everyone is not held accountable by the same rules and expectations. Also, hiring those who are not believers for the long haul can bring done the worship experience in your church. We have to remember that worship is for the believer.