Friday, January 4, 2008

The Ministry of Movement

Elitism is beginning to run rampant in the praise dance world. Networks, memberships, and organizations abound. Many dance mentoring programs are popping up throughout the world. Though these can be good if intentions are pure, if used for the wrong purposes, they can cause great harm. You must first be validated by the Lord who orders your steps.

There is the argument of the trained vs. the untrained dancer. There are pros and cons to both. I believe that you must know who you are called to. If you are to impact the professional world of dance for the Kingdom, then training is a must. All bodies are not made for ballet. This does not mean that you do not have a place in the ministry of movement. The most important information that must be had by the dancer is an understanding of the Word of God to be anointed and effective over the long run.

I want to share a video of one of the pioneers of dance ministry- Apostle Dr. Elizabeth Hairston. This piece is not about technique, it is about ministering to people through movement. Though training is good (I have taken Ballet and African Dance), we cannot rely on anyone but the Lord in regards to ministry. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...

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