I played for several years in the band at my church. It certainly was good for my chops, just getting thrown into songs, keys that weren’t up to me, and trying to find ways to keep things fresh. They let me do it my way, which was cool, because, yeah, the “Protestant church standard” sound is way too real of a thing, I can only imagine how many Timeline units Strymon has sold thanks to guitarists in praise bands. The monotony of it wears me down even listening anymore. I got passed over (sure, pun intended, why not) by the chapel praise team in college for not playing enough arpeggiated, atmospheric stuff, and while I still think that was a cop out on their part, I’m also glad I didn’t get forced into doing it that way. I play driving, thick, sometimes dirty stuff that puts the meat on the bones, so to speak. Like Needtobreathe and DecembeRadio. Worship band leaders don’t always like that… but congregations sure do! Anyways, if you need something to add structure to your playing, I’d give it a go. Just don’t let them turn you into one of the clones.