Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Outer Space

Movement ministries have many variables when it comes to using the spaces offered to us. There are times when a large stage seems almost impossible to fill, and there are times when the space is so limited that there is hardly any room to turn around. The beauty of the Holy Spirit is that even in limited spaces, we can still get the message across. At other times, the area that we have to dance in is just not sufficent for the message to be delivered to its fullest potential.

There are precautions that we can take before we arrive for a ministry assignment. If it is possible to view the location beforehand, this will give us an esimate of how much room is available. If it is not possible to see the location in advance, we can ask questions to get a good idea of how many people the space will accommodate. It is also good to find out if the ministry will be on an elevated platform, a ballroom floor, carpet, etc. We should also determine if there are any restrictions regarding the use of space, especially in the church setting.

When we are afforded optimal space, we should use it to the best of our abilities. Too many dancers are confined to small spaces because there may not be large spaces available to them on a regular basis. In turn, this results in choreography that may appear cramped and limited in movement. As dance and movement ministries continue to step into enlarged territories, we will be able to extend the range in which we are able to operate.

Joshua 1:3 (NKJV)
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

Isaiah 26:15 (NKJV)
You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land.

1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

Take a look at this video (and the use of space) from Spirit of the Moment:

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