I appreciate this thread so much! And i really appreciate Tboneous comments about what is worship. I agree with most of this discussion, but i feel it does detract from the intent of this tread for sure!
That said...we as Worship Musicians should be striving for an excellence that is uniquely ours. We like many many other churches are just big "worship cover bands" we try to replicate, duplicate, & manipulate everyone else's tones and effects...which is where i appreciate the comment about how there is not many uniquely outstanding guitarists in this Christian Music era. Phil Keaggy and Lincoln Brewster are probably the top Christian Music Guitarists of All Time...and being a huge LB fan his tones are uniquely his!
God has given us all talents and giftings (even the un-saved). We should as a body of believers and worshippers start to break out of the box of comparison and make the sound God has given us...not just duplicate what someone else is doing. In other words, let's quit letting all the other BIG Christian Worship Bands dictate our tones & lyrics lets make our own! Some of us may never become BIG like them, but we'd be confident in knowing we were playing the sounds that God gave us to play!
As a side note, everything under the sun hasn't already been done! God is infinitely talented and we are made in his image!!
I get what you are saying and it is certainly a legitimate perspective. In my case though, we are given the recordings of the songs (often in a key different than what we're doing for service) and very simplified often inaccurate, chord charts, a week in advance and do not practice together at all until just before the service. I essentially learn the songs note for note like the recordings because we don't have time to "arrange" the songs one hour before the first service. So my only reference and therefore, choice, is to match the recording. That makes these tips and patches very helpful to me. I definitely come up with my own stuff on my own time, but for worship, in my case, it works best to use the recording as a template. Just don't have the time to do more.