This is the million-dollar question after a high-grossing church clashed with an entertainer on social media earlier last week.It all started when popular musician Dan Aceda advised entertainers to shun churches, saying they do not value them. His bone of contention is with Christ Is The Answer Ministries (Citam) following a call to action posted by the church on its social media platforms asking creatives to register with them.
Aceda’s outburst immediately prompted Citam to respond, saying that members voluntarily render their services without any form of manipulation.CITAM has clear policies when engaging congregants & members for involvement. Our members, without any form of manipulation or exploitation, are allowed to participate in ministry work in fulfilling our mission of knowing God and making Him known through evangelism & missions,” responded CITAM.The conversation sparked a debate online, with netizens seeking the answer to one question.
Should the church pay creatives for services rendered?
Most gospel artistes seem to be caught in a catch-22 situation where churches expect them to use their talent without demanding any pay because they are “offering their services to God”, which should be free.But artistes like Aceda are challenging the status quo, saying churches should pay members who serve on Sundays and other days – just like they pay pastors and bishops.Once a worship leader himself, Aceda says he used to arrive at 6:30am every Sunday, and attend several rehearsal sessions during the week. It was no longer a hobby but a full-time job.
But while most bishops and pastors are well looked after, including having cars, houses and handsome monthly pay, most of the church “servants” are expected to do it as a calling.however, Citam insists that creatives under their umbrella do get some form of compensation
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