Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Getting Defensive

We can contend for the faith without defending ourselves. Too often we may think that what is going on is about "us" and not about "Him." If we are moving forward in Jesus, then attacks must come. There will always be critics, detractors, and competitors. If you are on assignment and sent by God, then we can relax knowing that the Lord is the Captain of Hosts.

If we become overwhelmed by people and circumstances, we can be derailed from the course if we spend time focusing on our enemies (we wrestle not against flesh and blood). When it seems that an attack is upon us, then we must proclaim the victory that He has already won. We must stop and remember Who this is all about. If we remain on our watchposts, then we will be prepared and ready.

Some of these contentions will come from those who we thought would be the most supportive. When the enemy cannot penetrate from the outside, he will try to launch an assault from the inside. His schemes are not new. When we set our hope towards our Great and Mighty God, we can step aside and watch Him do what we cannot in our own strength.

If God gave you a dance and "they" criticize it: Stand still.

If "they" think that your garments are too extravagant: Stand still.

If "they" will not allow you to dance because it "ungodly": Stand still.

If you do not have ten years of dance experience and "they" say that you are unqualified: Get up and dance!

2 Chronicles 20:17 (NKJV)
You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, Who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

Isaiah 30:32 (NKJV)
And in every place where the staff of punishment passes, which the LORD lays on him, it will be with tambourines and harps; and in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.

Psalm 5:11 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


The vastness of God is immeasurable. When we view things from a heavenly perspective, we realize that we cannot rely on our limited vision to determine His purposes for our lives and ministries. Although we may not necessarily be called to travel to all the nations in the earth, it is important to prepare to minister before people unlike ourselves. Casting fear aside, we walk by faith into God's territories.

The gospel must be preached in all the world. How do we proclaim a gospel to people who do not understand our language? The beauty of movement and dance is that the gospel message can be conveyed without understanding the literal meaning of the words. Choreography, garments, pageantry, and live demonstration of the Scriptures will be evident to all who watch as the Spirit speaks His Truth. I have personally witnessed movement ministry set to songs in other languages, but understood the meaning based on the successful interpretation of the Word.

Let us prepare ourselves for enlarged borders! Even if we are not specifically called to travel to another nation, the Lord may lead us to send resources to a ministry group laboring in a particular territory. When we claim to support the cause of Christ, then we must show ourselves faithful, even when another is appointed to do the work. The Lord determines our paths and has given us footsteps to follow. Allowing Him to lead will propel us into Divine destination.

Psalm 98:2 (NKJV)
The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.

Psalm 106:5 (NKJV)
That I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, that I may glory with Your inheritance.

Isaiah 55:5 (NKJV)
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.”

Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Monday, April 28, 2008

Childish Behavior

When we train up the little dancers to worship the Lord in spirit and truth, then that is exactly what will happen. When we think that the "young people" must have hip-hop beats and dance in jeans and t-shirts, then what do we expect them to do as they mature? Youth dance ministry leaders must seek the Lord even more so as not to lead the little ones astray.

It disturbs me when I hear parents of young dancers screaming "Dance, baby!" from the congregation. Dancing for applause and verbal encouragement trains our children to be men-pleasers. This does not mean that we are not to encourage them. Youth ministry presentations should not be talent shows. Children can learn to have a sincere reverence for God and a genuine relationship with Him.

Too often we underestimate the value of these important worshippers. Many leaders in churches today aim to please the children and wow the crowd instead of training the children to enter into the presence of the Lord. Samuel's mother presented Him to the Lord at a young age so that he could be trained to serve as a prophet. Not every child is called into "the ministry," but the Word reminds us to let everything that has breath praise the Lord. It is imperative that we take responsibility for the up-and-coming generation of praisers.

The movement ministries do not belong under the "Youth Department." Dance and movement is a function for all ages and includes both males and females. When we move the dance department into the "church activity" category in our places of worship, then we fail to fulfill the purpose of the church. Serving the Lord is enjoyable and fulfilling. There is nothing greater than experiencing the fullness of the Presence of the Lord as a child or an adult.

2 Chronicles 20:13 (NKJV)
Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.

Psalm 71:5 (NKJV)
For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Patty Cake

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions- on a sesame seed bun- may not be helpful to us as we prepare for ministry. Eating lots of sweets can broaden our waistlines as well as attack our dental health. What we eat or how we fast on the day of ministry can have an impact or our energy levels and stamina for that particular day. More importantly, our dietary habits on a daily basis matter much more. Heaviness may not stop us from dancing, but it can definitely hinder us. Being thin does not mean that our nutrition is well-balanced. We want to be able to endure as we dance with power and might.

Beyond the visuals of choreography, pageantry, and garments, our facial expressions are also a significant aspect of dance ministry. There are certain foods that will assist with maintaining a great complexion, healthy hair, nails, and skin. When we are radiant and healthy, ministering songs about healing, joy, and happiness may be even more meaningful.

If we seek the Lord concerning what we put into our bodies, we will know when not to eat or drink a particular thing. The Lord has filled the earth with many wonderful choices, and this does not mean that we cannot enjoy the less-healthy items from time to time. Overall, we should make a regular practice of eating what will aid us in being in the best condition we can for the Master's use. Let us continue to be fruitful.

Genesis 2:16 (NKJV)
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat

1 Samuel 30:12 (NKJV)
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So when he had eaten, his strength came back to him; for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Timothy 6:8 (NKJV)
And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Woe to the dancer who does not have a burden for ministry. There are many whose lives are hanging in the balance, and some of our fellow laborers are still dancing for dancing's sake. There are enough concerts, programs, and dance-a-thons! We are in a very pivotal moment in time and must rely on the Lord to direct the songs, movements, garments, and select the ministry platforms.

Dance ministry for many looks exactly like the entertainment business. Some movement artists employ managers who seek to get them "booked" on as many programs as possible. There are others who will solely dance for a check in the bank. Others have the mindset that if others do not "perform" up to certain standards, then they are to be dropped.

God is calling His ministers forth! Now is the time for Kingdom manifestation! We need the Lord now more than ever before. As we prepare movement pieces, we must also remember that there are many who do not know the Lord in His desire to meet every need as Provider. These needs stretch far beyond material things. In the time that we are living in there is a need for peace, healing, health, sanity, and wholeness. The Lord knows exactly what we need to accomplish His ministry. When we minister to the needs of His people, we are truly showing His character as living epistles.

Proverbs 31:20 (NKJV)
She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Titus 3:14 (NKJV)
And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.

1 John 3:17 (NKJV)
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Goodness and Mercy

We are doing the Body a great disservice when we become dance ministry "elitists." There are many who aspire to worship God in truth through movement. When we condemn instead of instruct, then we can exhibit prideful behavior that causes us to become disjointed. Many dancers have had technical training, and some have toured with professional dance companies. When we hold the entire movement genre to our own lofty standards, then we can fail to have compassion for those that may need some guidance along the journey.

Granted, there will always be those who have no desire to excel or present the gospel with accuracy. We do not focus on the rebels. There are many local ministries who are hungry for instruction concerning the function of movement both inside and outside the church. Those who provide instruction for others must be very careful not to teach humanistic opinions or personal preferences as the gospel. The Word endures when we do not. Sharing wisdom is wonderful, but the Lord gives individual instructions concerning His people. What works for us may not be the Lord's counsel for another.

Leaders and pioneers should be celebrated for championing the cause of Christ. Idolizing these leaders will only cause them to fall in our eyes. The important thing to remember is that we are co-laborers together. When we are obedient and humble, promotion will follow. The world also promotes people to stardom, only to revel in the latter destruction of its celebrities. The leader is never beyond learning. Let none of us dare to think that we are the ultimate source for knowledge concerning movement ministry. Our most accurate and anointed teacher is Christ.

Proverbs 8:33 (NKJV)
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Hebrews 5:12 (NKJV)
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

James 3:1 (NKJV)
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Paper Work

We can get so caught up in "doing" dance ministry that we have not taken the time to make sure that we have stayed the course. Having ministry guidelines will ensure that balance and order remain. If we are more excited about taking work orders (ministry engagements) than how to deliver the work with purpose and excellence (ministry assignments), then we are laboring in vain.

The ministry vision and mission must come directly from God. After receiving a mandate from the Lord, what we have heard must be written as a reminder of God's promises and instructions. This is not the dance ministry "how-to" book, this is the "who/what/why" directive for long-lasting, powerful, God-directed ministry. The "who" focus (the Lord, you, or your ministry) should always keep Christ at the center of its foundation as the reason we live, move and have our being. The "what" are the reasons why the ministry exists and outlines what it is specifically called to do. The "why" may include the motive (heart) behind the ministry, and what the goal is to accomplish.

Isaiah gives us a wonderful example of this in Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, (WHO)
Because the LORD has anointed Me (WHO)
To preach good tidings to the poor; (WHAT)
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, (WHAT)
To proclaim liberty to the captives, (WHAT)
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (WHAT)
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, (WHAT)
And the day of vengeance of our God; (WHAT)
To comfort all who mourn, (WHAT)
To console those who mourn in Zion, (WHAT)
To give them beauty for ashes, (WHY)
The oil of joy for mourning, (WHY)
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; (WHY)
That they may be called trees of righteousness, (WHY)
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (WHY)

If our direction is clear, it will be difficult to stray from His path if we keep His divine "roadmap" in front of us. This can be reviewed often in rehearsals, written on ministry calenders, published online, or even written on simple pieces of paper. Whatever methods we choose to keep our spiritual focus intact, let us always remember to place the Lord above all else.

Psalm 102:18 (NKJV)
This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.

Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.

1 John 5:13 (NKJV)
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Revelation 1:19 (NKJV)
Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


We are being carefully watched, whether we accept it or not. People are taking note of how we interact in public, how we communicate (by phone, e-mail, and in writing), and how we present ourselves in cyberspace (pictures, websites, etc). Our cell phone ringtones will also expose us, for good or for bad. All of these elements will contribute to whether someone sees our ministry as authentic or not. We are not to put on a show when people are watching. If we lead lives that are full of the love and fear of God, then men will know our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

It is not glory to produce images on business cards, websites, social networking sites, etc., that compromise our Christian testimony. If we minister in dance by day and promote nightclubs by night, this will breach our authenticity. If we have wonderful dance ministry images online, and bikini photos in another online photo album, others may see this and label us a "Certified Hypocrite." When what we are doing does not glorify God, then we are not obeying His Word.

Who do those that are closest to us say that we are? When we uphold the righteous standard, there will be those who will offer criticism. Overall, we will be able to keep a good name in ministry and move with liberty if we obey the Lord God concerning how He wants us to represent Him. Let us choose to walk in the Light.

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 6:1 (NKJV)
[Do Good to Please God] “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Luke 16:15 (NKJV)
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sign Language

Our discernment must remain sharp. Often, we are "wowed" with extravagant pageantry, skillful dancing, and impeccable garments. It is not to be automatically assumed that these indicate the anointing or presence of the Lord. We can attend multiple conferences and be Bible scholars and still miss the mark.

In the various ways to move in ministry, some employ the art of sign language with dance. Although sign language is traditionally used for those who have impaired hearing, witnessing the Word of God in motion can help add to our faith. This conversation by hand is the way that some people are able to "hear" the Word. If faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, then we are in essence getting a double-dose of the Word when movement is paired with it!

Though there are some who specialize in one particular area of movement, it will only broaden our horizons to allow God's creativity to show in every format. We do not have to limit it to hand motions. We may incorporate written signage as well that accentuates the Word. A word of caution must be offered here: Let us not rely on the power of the "signs," but only in the power of the Lord God Almighty. Flashy presentations are also used by the enemy as a lure. Let us make sure that Jesus does the drawing, and not creative manipulation.

Daniel 4:2 (NKJV)
I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

Matthew 24:24 (NKJV)
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Mark 16:20 (NKJV)
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

John 6:26 (NKJV)
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

Revelation 16:14 (NKJV)
For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dirty Dancing

Having more than one option for dance garments is very helpful when we have multiple engagements or dance frequently. It is a good practice to have our ministry garments cleaned as soon as possible after wearing them so that they will remain fresh. We may be called upon to minister in dance at the last minute, and if our garments remain prepared for use, then we too will be ready for the task when we are called.

On the other hand, we can be an offense to the congregation when our garments are not in order. The best scenario would be to bathe as close to the time of ministry as possible. When this is not an option, it is a good practice to carry moist wipes, fresh undergarments, deodorant, and breath freshener so that our ministry offering will not be a hinderance to those we come in contact with.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, our perfume or cologne should not be too overpowering. There may be a special fragrance or oil that the Lord may lead us to wear for ministry purposes that is separate from our everyday fragrances. Every element of our presentation should highlight the truth of the Word. Let's make sure to be a sweet-smelling savor unto Him.

Proverbs 27:9 (NKJV)
Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

Song of Solomon 4:11 (NKJV)
Your lips, O my spouse, drip as the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under your tongue; And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

Zechariah 3:4 (NKJV)
Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NKJV)
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Skin Deep

If we are going to make an impact for the Kingdom in this earth, then our lives and ministries must be a reflection of this. It is more comfortable for some people to stay in fellowship with the group of people that they can most easily identify with. This can also serve as a hinderance for us.

In order for us to obey the mandate to go into all the world, we have to familiarize ourselves with different cultures and people. We can do this through broadening our musical horizons, taking cultural dance classes, watching the Global news, reading books, etc. Beyond that, there are daily things that we can do to become more culturally aware. Our personal friendships should include people who do not share our same ethnic backgrounds. Our worship experiences must be beyond what we do in our home churches.

All we have to do is look around us to see that the Lord loves diversity. If we are going to be effective in dance and ministry beyond our own neighborhoods and churches, then we must move out of the comfort zone. There may be many ways to Praise the Lord, but ultimately, we will all bow before our Great and Mighty King!

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

1 Chronicles 16:24 (NKJV)
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.

Psalm 86:9 (NKJV)
All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.

Matthew 24:14 (NKJV)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Beat It!

We have so many ways in which to praise the Lord! We are not limited to one style of dance. We are not relegated to one style of praise garment. We are not bound by age, gender, or physical ability. There is a place for everyone in the worship experience. Take the shackels off!

Tambourines in the traditional church setting often accompany the musical instruments. Currently, we are seeing tambourine ministries develop and flourish in the churches as liberty in worship prevails. Timbrels often were used by female dancers in the Bible. Miriam the Prophetess and Jephthah's daughter danced with timbrels, commonly know today as tambourines. The timbrels of today are often beautifully decorated and used to bring glory to God.

We are to make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Let us gather our instruments of praise and exalt Him. Do not be afraid to try something new as choreography is being developed. Allow the Lord to ignite a fresh passion for worship in the beauty of holiness!

Exodus 15:20
[The Song of Miriam] Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Psalm 68:25
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.

Psalm 81:2
Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute.

Psalm 150:4
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Enjoy this video of the Shekinah Dancers at Joy Conference

Friday, April 18, 2008

Disc Jockey Dancer

Let us do what is right in the sight of the Lord. There are some things that are not outright sins, but if it is the wrong thing for us to do, then it is not righteousness. It is important to know what our function is in the Body, as well as our roles in the dance ministry.

I am called to minister through movement, but that is not my only assignment. This calling is challenged on a regular basis. I refuse to be entertainment or forced to accommodate spectators because a "praise dancer" would be a great addition to the program in question. I am frequently asked to minister to specific songs chosen by the event host, but I must decline if the Lord has not ordained me to minister to that selection. I am not a "jukebox or on-demand" dance performer. If the request is confirmed in my spirit, it may be considered, but is not automatic. Trust God for His leading.

Jesus did not perform for spectators as evidenced in Luke 23:8, "Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him." We do not dance to give people chills and thrills. We must be careful not to be lured with bright lights and large platforms. We must go where the Lord leads and minister as He mandates.

When we become puppets for people, we run the risk of operating in witchcraft (controlling spirits). Look at the story of Herodias' daughter. It is not always that the motives of people are impure, it is that our own loyalty and obedience will be revealed by what we agree to.

Isaiah 58:2 (NKJV)
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God.

Psalm 137:3 (NKJV)
For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

Matthew 14: 6-8 (NKJV)
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”

James 4:17 (NKJV)
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Timing is Everything

There may be times that the Lord will show us a particular song to dance to or a vision for a future event. When we are in tune with Him, we will realize that just because we see what is coming does not mean that it is to be accomplished immediately. Larger visions require proper preparation. Some visual ministry offerings require time to obtain the proper pageantry items, garments, dancers, location, etc.

Personal Testimony: The Lord showed me a vision for a Liturgical Dance Conference in early 2000. I wrote down everything that He showed me, including the class titles and conference schedule. I even created the brochure. It then sat in my computer for 3 years. During this period of "waiting on the Lord" I continued to labor in dance ministry through teaching at my church and relationship-building with other dance ministries. When the time was right, the Lord provided the location, the teachers, and the delegates. The inagural 2003 Liturgical Dance Conference was not only an overwhelming success, it was standing room only!

In this "microwave society," we too often want instant results without waiting for the Lord's timing. On the other hand, we must not delay in obeying the Lord's directives. Waiting beyond the appointed time to complete His instructions equals disobedience. When we are in the right cadence with the Lord, the timing will always be Divine.

Numbers 28:2 (NKJV)
“Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.’

Jeremiah 8:7 (NKJV)
Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the LORD.

Daniel 10:1 (NKJV)
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision.

Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Eye for an "I"

When we are selecting songs for ministry, we must always be aware of lyrical content. There are some songs that make us feel good and stir our emotions when we hear them. There are some songs that bring us to tears. There are songs that make us want to get up and dance. There are songs that evoke good and bad memories.

There are also songs that bring more attention to "us" than the Lord. All songs in the gospel and Christian music categories are not all necessarily acknowledging Christ. If the songs use "I" a lot and do not glorify God, then we must do inventory on our own spiritual well-being. We may choose songs at times that are based on what ministers to our personal life situations. Let us always remember (as with the prophets in the Bible), the Lord will give messages that are also directed towards other people.

If it will help, take a look at the written lyrics of a song and dissect what each word is saying, and then its overall message. We have liberty through the Spirit and can minister spiritual songs as long as they are in line with the Word. God is Spirit. This same evaluation can apply to our choreography as well. Are all of the movements pointing to us (chest, heart, head, etc)? If the words repeat "I," "me" and "we" often and refers to man instead of the Lord, then we need to confront who the song is really about, and Who gets the ultimate glory.

Amos 5:22-24 (NKJV)
Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water.

Psalm 96:1 (NKJV)
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Luke 1:46-47 (NKJV)
[The Song of Mary] And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

Colossians 3:16 (NKJV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


If we are operating in the name of Jesus, we will be rejected. Many dancers have experienced emotional wounds and pain because of lack of preparation for this reality. We cannot spend our time arguing with people who refuse to accept the ministry of dance as legitimate. We are responsible to know what the Word of the Lord says concerning dance, praise, and worship.

Unfortunately, some rejection inside of the church has been due to movement artists who have rendered a poor representation of dance ministry. We are to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Because so many dance teams have stepped out before seeking God for instructions, the dancers have been hindered because of offenses to the congregation. As long as we are not committing offenses in pride, arrogance, or dancing with the wrong motives, we are free in Him.

We must not take rejection personally. We also cannot assume that we are being shunned because we are doing the right thing. Confidence in the Lord comes when we can testify that we are waiting on His leading. If we are guilty of causing the ministry of dance to falter because of our own misguided steps, then we can start again today and walk according to the Spirit.

Numbers 14:11 (NKJV)
Then the LORD said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?"

Psalm 118:22 (NKJV)
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

Mark 7:9 (NKJV)
He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition."

2 Timothy 2:15-16 (NKJV)
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Hour Father...

If we have been in dance ministry for any significant amount of time, then there should be signs of growth both spiritually and physically. All dancers are not called to the same assignment, but those of us who have embraced the ministry of dance may experience some transitions as we walk further with the Lord. The key is to not be fearful when the Holy Spirit prompts us to do the unexpected.

When we listen to the Lord, there are times when we may have to move outside of the scheduled 4-7 minute pre-recorded song. We may dance with the praise team or live music... We may dance while the Word is being preached... He may direct us to wave a banner over someone... We may lay hands on people for deliverance... We must be careful, for we are only to operate in this realm at the Lord's direction.

We may not have two weeks notice to get ready to move. When we are called, we must answer. As we continue in the Word and seek the Lord, He may have us step out in an instant to show His wonder-working power. Our flesh cannot get in the way of the Lord's glory. If the Lord tells us to do the unusual this very hour, will we be ready to perform what He says?

Luke 12:12 (NKJV)
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

John 4:23 (NKJV)
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

John 12:23 (NKJV)
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

John 12:27 (NKJV)
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Night and Day

We should celebrate His birth and Resurrection every day. It seems that certain times of the year bring out the standard "Christmas" and "Resurrection" songs. It is true that these are the times when those who have stayed away from church fellowship usually fill the sanctuaries. We must remember that there are those who sit in church Sunday after Sunday and are still lost. Let us bless the Lord at all times.

When we depend on the Lord to lead us, His Word will always bring confirmation. Trying to pick songs to match a certain theme or occasion may be great to a degree, but if the Lord wants us to say something different to His people, then we must always stay in the place where we can heard Him clearly. When we try to force a song to fit a theme exactly, we run the risk of operating in the flesh. There are many songs that can reflect the concept of a theme without being literal.

There are some dance ministries that do not have as much freedom and liberty to make these choices. In the ever-growing corporate invasion of the church, many dance ministries are governed by leadership that tells them which songs to dance to. Although we all desire to be on one accord, it is stifling to minister to songs that are only being choreographed because we have been told to do so. If trustworthy dance ministers are selected to lead, then some liberty should follow concerning the choice of songs used. When we agree to follow the Lord wholeheartedly, He will make the way clear.

Psalm 28:7 (NKJV)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

Psalm 42:8 (NKJV)
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 69:30 (NKJV)
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 81:2 (NKJV)
Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Knock, Knock

There is a difference between inspiration and imitation. We have witnessed too much of the latter in the church setting today. The controversy regarding hip-hop dance and step teams in the church is often viewed as a battle between the traditional church vs. the contemporary church. Jesus warned us about teaching the traditions of men in Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." We must always ensure that all that we do lines up with the Word of God.

The Greek fratenity and sorority traditions have been almost exactly duplicated in the church setting. The style of dress, hand props, hand-clapping, rhythmic movement, and stomping can be seen in many churches and youth groups. There are great elements of movement in step that can definitely bring glory to God, but if the impression left is that of a Christian "knock-off" version of Greekdom, then we must seek the Lord for direction concerning our participation in it.

In all of our ministry offerings we must consider the following questions:
- Did we hear from the Lord?
- Is the message and purpose clear?
- Are we proclaiming the Gospel?
- Does it glorify God or bring undue attention to us?
- Is it more appropriate for church services or outreach efforts?

We are to be examples to non-believers, not copycats. There is nothing new under the sun; However, He made each of our ministries unique. We must not be afraid to do something new that we may have not seen before. Forget the "rules" of tradition and ask the Lord for precision in following His direction. His purposes and plans will always prevail!

Job 31:4 (NKJV)
Does He not see my ways, and count all my steps?

Psalm 17:5 (NKJV)
Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.

Psalm 44:5 (NKJV)
Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.

3 John 1:11 (NKJV)
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

Feet on Fire declares in the video below why stepping brings glory to God:

Friday, April 11, 2008

Homecoming King

When we waste time procrastinating, making excuses, and putting off what we know that we are supposed to do, then we are behaving foolishly. The time for the Great Coronation is coming, and we must stay ready for when He returns. In movment ministry, rehearsals prepare us for when we have to step forward and be doers of His Word. In the bigger picture, our lives must be a rehearsal to prepare us for His return.

The discipline of dance takes place long before we gather for rehearsals. Proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, and regular exercise make us ready for when we come together in dance. If we wait until the last minute to gather choreography and direction for the ministry, then we may find ourselves focusing more on our own faults than on the Lord. If we do not train our bodies for service, we become prime targets for injuries and may be unable to deliver an entire piece with power. We do not want to "fall out" due to shortness of breath.

Let us repent for any areas of neglect concerning our temples, and stand ready for the Lord's entrance. We are getting ready for that Great Day! Let us dance with expectation that He may enter in at any moment. If we dance as though He will return to us today, then we will never take our moments of public and private expression to Him for granted. Let us make ready for the King to come!

Ezekiel 38:7 (NKJV)
Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.

Luke 19:5 (NKJV)
And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Matthew 24:44 (NKJV)
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Revelation 19:7 (NKJV)
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

Thursday, April 10, 2008


If we are not careful, we can make our ministries a god in our lives. The excellence factor may mean larger platforms and prime invitations, but we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by the "fame" of ministry. We must keep everything in order and in perspective. Balance is not only an important element in dance, it is also important for our lives.

The more popular we become, the more tempting it is to accept invitations to dance when we should spend time with family or managing our personal affairs. Those back-to-back dance outings may lead to unwashed clothes and dirty dishes. Excessive telephone conversations to discuss the mighty move of God through the dance may mean fast food dinners and less time spent with our closest loved ones. Though there is no wrong in doing right, we must make sure not to forget about the importance of keeping a balance between life and ministry. Ministry begins at home.

Let us take a look at all of our activites and ask the Lord where we are struggling and need His help to fix. If this means that we may have to rehearse once per week for a longer time period instead of twice per week, this may give us some more time in another area. Too many time-wasting conversations, frequent tardiness, or lack of preparation before our gatherings will hinder our progress. True friends will understand the need for priorities and will not monopolize our time. We are constantly working towards balance and must always make the Lord the number one priority in our lives, and not the activities of ministry.

2 Samuel 15:16 (NKJV)
Then the king went out with all his household after him. But the king left ten women, concubines, to keep the house.

Proverbs 31:27 (NKJV)
She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

1 Timothy 1:12-13 (NKJV)
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

1 Corinthians 7:33-35 (NIV)
But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world— how he can please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world— how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Name it and Claim it

There is no other name by which men can be saved but Jesus. When we operate in the authority of the name of Jesus, miracles will take place. Since dance ministry is a visual vehicle, we are not just limited to movement to tell the story. Banners, flags, and images projected onto a screen can make an impact as we minister before people. When led by the Holy Spirit, the impression will be lasting and difficult to forget.

We have many choices when it comes to song selection. If we are to win souls, we must be wise; However, we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. If we have to compromise the name of Jesus to dance on a particular program... BEWARE! If we can only dance to "inspirational songs" that exclude the name of Jesus... BEWARE! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

When ministering in public places, there may be restrictions on outright "preaching," but dance ministry presentations with the name of Jesus in the songs are viewed as less intimidating than a sermon. I have personally witnessed the power of God manifest in public places during dance outreach efforts, resulting in souls won for the Kingdom. All of this was without a literal "sermon," but the Word still went forth. The name of Jesus is still not welcomed everywhere we go. We must decide to take a stand for the Kingdom of God on earth. Let us exalt His name together!

Acts 3:6 (NKJV)
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

Acts 4:30 (NKJV)
By stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

Philippians 2:10 (NKJV)
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth

Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Watch Your Mouth

All that we do in dance ministry must be with purpose. There has been the great debate over whether or not dancers should sing along with the songs as we dance. We must ask ourselves whether or not what we are doing serves a purpose. In the traditional dance setting, the emphasis is on the movement. In the ministry arena, the emphasis is on the Word. How do we marry the two?

We are all not going to do things the same way. There were times that the Lord instructed His prophets to provide visual demonstrations of His decrees. We must always keep things in perspective. There is a difference between dance and visual demonstration. Dance is a visual demonstration, but a visual demonstration may not be a dance. The key is that we must not rely on the strength of the song to get the message across. The total picture (movement, music, and ministry) should bring the Word to life before the eyes of the people. The recorded and live music that we minister to should be based on the Bible and be clearly heard.

If mouthing the words while dancing causes us to be lax in creativity and leads to neglect of our discerning direction from God, then we must pray concerning what we are to do for each and every song. All of our dance renderings should not be predictable and look alike. I have experienced many presentations when I thought, "I have definitely seen that somewhere else." Let us to continue to glean, learn, and grow as we follow the Lord concerning what He wants us to do specifically.

Job 22:22 (NKJV)
Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.

Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NKJV)
Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.

Monday, April 7, 2008


We limit ourselves when we stay hidden inside the four walls of our own churches and residences. In the ministry of dance, we can grow beyond our limited experiences when we fellowship with others who desire to serve the Lord. We do not reach out to other ministries for recruitment purposes, but for Kingdom unity and support. Our trust remains in the Lord, and not in others. Though we receive advice and engage in conversation, we learn through our relationships how to discern the voice of the Lord.

There are certain customs and traditions that may be unique to our communities. When we travel and extend our understanding of dance ministry, we will experience many ways to glorify the Lord through dance, praise, and worship. This is not to replicate what we see, but to realize that there are no limits concerning God.

When we have God-ordained relationships in life and ministry, we will remain accountable concerning our own ministries and place in the Body. Healthy relationships birth creativity and community. I praise the Lord for my many friends in ministry all over the world. Knowing them has helped me to stand in awe of the wonderful diversity of God. Being able to travel has inspired me as I obeserve the creation of God from the sky and the highways. How wonderous are His works!

Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)
The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NKJV)
[The Value of a Friend] Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.

Luke 10:1 (NKJV)
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.

Ephesians 4:16 (NKJV)
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Good Mourning

There were many times along my dance ministry journey that I wanted to give up. My despair was not because I had lost my love for the Lord, or because I did not enjoy dance ministry. Years of disappointments, hurts, and heartaches seemed to be too much to bear at times. I did not realize that there would be people who would see the Lord working in my life and want to latch on to me for selfish gain. I did not realize that cherished friends would become enemies. I was not ready for the rejection and criticism from the "saints."

I have danced through depression, sorrow, hurt, pain, anger, betrayal, hinderances, and the like. I have come to realize that obeying the Lord is never about how I feel. Many people would come to me after I danced and share how the Word in the dance ministered to them in a life-changing way. I shudder to think what would have happened had I not obeyed the Lord in those dark moments. He turned my mourning into dancing again!

Mourning in the Bible indicates the absence of dancing. We see this in Lamentations 5:15, "The joy of our heart has ceased; Our dance has turned into mourning." Dance is associated with rejoicing and celebration. In ministry, it is never about the dance. Our service is always about Him and our praise, worship, and obedience to the only Living God. We must always be ready, even when our flesh is weak. We must keep our spirits submitted the Lord at all costs. Our obedience will transform many lives and cause others to walk out of darkness into the Light.

Psalm 30:11 (NKJV)
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.

Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV)
To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

Jeremiah 31:12-13 (NKJV)
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the LORD— For wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all. “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow."

Saturday, April 5, 2008


If we think that people are all we have to worry about in ministry, we are wrong. In the age of computers, e-mail, texting, blogs, and other instant modes of communication, we have been able to use them for the glory of God. The enemy does not like this and will try to hinder us in any way that he can. I have had computers freeze several times when I was trying to deliver a Word concerning dance ministry. This would also happen to the computers of others that were working on ministry projects for me as well. God is definitely up to something, and the enemy knows we are on the move; However, he cannot stop the move of God!

On the other hand, information technology can be a danger for us too. When we are in rehearsals, do our cell phone ringtones frequently interrupt our progress? Are we thinking about the text message we have to send when we should be worshipping? Many sit in the pews during service moving their hands, but not in praise. Are we overly consumed with social networking, the number of friend requests we have, and how many names we have in our e-mail databases?

The amount that humanity spends in cyberspace is illogical. Let us keep our eyes focused on the Lord so that we remain alert to the enemy's tactics. Let us do a personal inventory to measure how much time we are spending with the Lord versus how much time we spend online and with our electronic devices. Before we are carried away without realizing what is happening, let us make sure that the Lord gets His due.

Proverbs 13:17 (NKJV)
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.

Luke 16:1-4, 8 (NKJV)
He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’“Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’

So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Shame Faced

When we decide to commit our lives to the service of the Lord, the enemy will always try to hinder us. The easiest way for us to stumble is usually over things that are already an internal battle for us. If the enemy can get the message into our minds and remind us of who we once were, what we once did, and where we came from, we will be afraid to succeed in ministry. As we obtain notariety in the places that we labor, there will be those who are standing on the sidelines ready to assail us with rumors and accusation. Some of these are those we call friends.

When we prepare ourselves to dance freely before our Lord and King, we must remember that we are in great company. If there are any shameful things we may have done in the past that we are running from, we must face them and turn it around as a testimony declaring the Resurrection Power of Jesus. Noah was a drunkard. Abraham was a liar. David was an adulterer and murderer. Rahab was a prostitute. Paul once persecuted the church. These seemingly shameful blemishes on their records were used to the glory of God.

In the church realm, we see what is on the outside. Perfectly neat clothing, groomed appearances, and great grammar do not equal salvation. Beautiful dance garments and precise choreography do not make a dancer a "minister" of dance. The Lord Himself has set us free to worship Him liberally. Let us embrace what the Lord has brought us out of, and dance with authority. We refuse to let anyone hinder us, including ourselves. We know that we are more than conquerors. Since we have been made new in Him, we can minister deliverance to others with the truth of our own personal encounters with God and His power to save.

Psalm 41:9 (NKJV)
"Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me."

Zechariah 13:6 (NKJV)
"And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’"

Luke 12:4-5 (NKJV)
"And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!"

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Honor System

The problem with the perception of many Christian leaders from both inside and outside of the church today is the intense desire and demand for many who serve in ministry and leadership to be honored and revered. When we walk with an sense of entitlement, we can forget the servanthood aspect of ministry and begin to operate in pride. We have seen enough high-profile celebrities in ministry. When we decrease, He increases.

The love of God can be demonstrated through a smile, hug, or kind word. Many today are searching for a love that can only be experienced through an encounter with the One True Love, the Lord our God. When we are promoted to positions of higher service, we should watch our words and deeds even more closely. Dance ministers should not have "diva" reputations or be labeled difficult to deal with. We must not be overheard criticizing other dancers regarding skill level or anointing. Because we have been rejected and challenged concerning where our gifts fit in the contemporary church, we should be even more sensitive to the struggles of others.

Yes, we must give honor to whom it is due. The problem arises when we expect to be honored, and the demand to be celebrated invites offenses come in to cause division. We must not seek the high place, but stay on our faces before God. People may select to honor us for various motives and reasons, but when the Lord chooses to honor us, we can count it a true blessing.

1 Chronicles 29:12 (NKJV)
"Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all."

Luke 14:7-9 (NKJV)
So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place."

John 8:54 (NKJV)
"Jesus answered, 'If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.'"

Romans 12:9-10 (NKJV)
"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Carry On!

When we realize that even the slightest things can act as hinderances in ministry, then we will counter-attack these ploys by making an effort to prevent obvious distractions for the dance minister. There are several areas that can be sources of stress that include music, garments, traffic, and phone calls. With some planning and wisdom, we can make ministry dates less stressful.

Music: We should carry a clean copy of our music on both CD and iPod. When carrying an iPod or other music player, please bring your own cable, just in case. If at all possible, arrive early and talk to the person that will be running the music. Include any instructions (keep it simple) in writing on the outside of the CD cover. The more professional the presentation, the more respected we will be. CDs that skip and music without sufficient volume can be challenges to our patience and damper the impact of the ministry. Preparation is the key. Remember to thank the sound technicians each and every time!

Garments: If necessary, get a custom made garment bag to protect your garments. When travelling, try to carry your absolute must-haves in your carry-on luggage. Airlines can lose or delay baggage, and if the garment is needed in a hurry, having it in hand will promote peace instead of panic.

Traffic: When driving to a location, leave as early as possible in an effort to get to the location as early as possible. Irritated drivers, accidents, and simply running late will cause stress that may be prevented if we plan ahead. This will also help us find a great parking spot. Remember, if you are early, you are on time; If you are on time, you are late!

Phone Calls: Home and cell phones may ring off the hook with people wanting to gossip or pull us off track. Unless it is an emergency, limiting personal phone calls and text messages right before ministry will help us to keep our minds stayed on Him. If we must leave the communication devices in the car, then we will do what we must so that the Word may go forth trhough us without limits.

Psalm 140:4 (NKJV)
"Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble."

Isaiah 26:9 (NKJV)
"With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness."

1 Corinthians 7:35 (NKJV)
"And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction."

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Right in Front of Our Eyes

We often wait until a crisis comes to put ministry guidelines in place. When we have no written plan for the ministry to follow, we can get caught in compromising positions. When there is clear direction, then there is an understanding of expectations and ways to govern ourselves. This provides a balanced system in ministry that allows us to operate in agreement, as well as keeps leadership from abusing authority.

Each of our dance ministries (even soloists) should have a written set of standards that include the ministry vision, foundational scriptures, and organizational structure. We should know how we go about scheduling ministry dates, rehearsal schedules, travel schedules, garment purchases, budgets, etc. We must always leave room for the Lord to work in our ministries and realize that our guidelines are not "laws" but provide a mechanism for us to stay in line.

It would be beneficial to review the ministry vision at least once per month and examine whether our ministry activities are in line with the vision. It is easy to get excited about being offered opportunities to dance, but we must make sure that it is our assignment to accept them. The Bible speaks of a time when King Saul invited David to dinner, but Jonathan warned David that the invitation was to be declined: "But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David." (1 Samuel 20:33- NKJV) Every invitation received does not merit a "yes."

When we do what is right in the sight of the Lord, our way will prosper. Let us look to the Word and keep the vision in front of us. Though challenges will indeed arise, when we have agreement and clear vision, we will be able to handle them with security and assurance in the Word of God.

Deuteronomy 12:28 (NKJV)
"Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God."

Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
"Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it."

Proverbs 28:2 (NIV)
"When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order."