Monday, June 30, 2008

"Doing the Most"

In modern terms, the phrase "Do you" is said to people to encourage them to be themselves. In ministry, people operating in the "do you" mindset can result in pride, exhibitionism, and selfishness. The point of movement ministry is not to compete for acknowledgement and personal attention, but to bring honor and glory to God. We should not focus on "doing us," but should make it our goal to do our best for the Most High.

If we are not careful, we can accept the opinions of men as the gospel. The Lord created each of us individually, and uniquely. He also loves to see us set aside our differences and dwell together in unity. Though many of us dance with our own groups, it is a blessing to come together as movement artists and present pieces in a unified effort. The Bible often highlights several instances when all the people worshipped. What would we think if the Bible said that "most" of them humbled themselves, but the others proclaimed "I am going to 'do me'?"

We are to do the Word, and the Word is God! In movement ministry, our first and foremost priority is to love the Lord God with all that we are. Let us concentrate less on the things that concern us, and totally commit to all that is God's.

Psalm 92:1 (NKJV)
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High

Isaiah 26:7 (NKJV)
The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.

Jeremiah 50:32 (NKJV)
The most proud shall stumble and fall, And no one will raise him up; I will kindle a fire in his cities, And it will devour all around him.”

Jude 1:20 (NKJV)
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Delayed, But Not Denied

There are times that we may plan for everything to go according to our program, and then we are hit with an unexpected delay. The first thing that we may want to do is to blame it on the devil. There may be times that we are scheduled to dance and we may encounter a flat tire, a car accident, a car that won't start, or other delay. The key is to stay focused on the Lord so that our mission is not aborted.

Come what may, we should be able to praise the Lord and give thanks in everything. Adversity helps us to know that the Lord will surely deliver us out of all of our afflictions. Facing different storms allows us to have diversity in our song selection and sensitivity to the struggles of others, because we are able to relate to a variety of life situations. We also learn how to trust the Lord in the fire.

We must not allow ourselves to give the enemy any credit when we are hit with surprise delays and setbacks. Let us ask the Lord to teach us how to see Him at work in all that we face. When we do this, we will continue to bless Him at all times.

Genesis 24:56 (NKJV)
And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since the LORD has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.”

Romans 1:13 (NKJV)
Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.

1 Thessalonians 2:18 (NKJV)
Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.

1 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV)
But if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ever Ready

When we prepare for a variety of circumstances in ministry, we will be able to deliver with skill and precision. There are those who operate in prophetic dance, which means that there is a Word from the Lord that is to be demonstrated through motion. If there is no regular practice of Spirit-led movement, then there may be intimidation and fear when asked or prompted to dance in this realm.

Not everyone will be able to function as a prophetic dancer. If someone is called to this ministry, he or she must study how God uses prophecy in Scripture to stay orderly and accurate. Continued application of prophetic movement will develop wisdom and increase sensitivity regarding the appropriate time and place to move under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

If done correctly, confirmation usually follows a prophetic dance. It may come from the ministerial staff, event emcee, or observers in the audience. The confirmation will usually address a specific situation or circumstance experienced by the observer. It may be followed by a propetic word released over the people as to what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the church. Just because a dance is spontaneous does not make it prophetic. Prophetic dance is to be held to the same standard as a prophetic Word. It must be accurate.

Romans 16:25-27 (NKJV)
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11 (NKJV)
If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

2 Peter 1:19-21 (NKJV)
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Steal Away...

We must remember to appreciate those who labor with us. Most dance ministers are operating on a volunteer basis. Very few dance ministries have payrolls from which to compensate dancers. When hosting conferences and events, often those who commit themselves to service end up incurring expenses related to the event.

The people who serve should not end up in tears over mistreatment, abuse, and for working extra-long hours. We must use wisdom when scheduling activities and reviewing our staffing needs so that those who labor will be able to serve with joy. Let us not try to do more than we are able to do with excellence.

If payment is not an option, it is still important to show appreciation for service received. Although those who serve in ministry should not serve for monetary purposes only, we must give honor to whom honor is due. A card of appreciation, thanks, heartfelt gifts and notes may seem like little, but mean very much when the day is done. Even if we are not planning major events, let's take the time to thank someone today who has blessed us by their service.

Leviticus 19:13 (NKJV)
You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.

Esther 2:18 (NKJV)
Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the generosity of a king.

Jeremiah 22:13 (NKJV)
“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his chambers by injustice, Who uses his neighbor’s service without wages and gives him nothing for his work

1 Timothy 5:18 (NKJV)
For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Court of Public Opinion

Everything that presents itself as "expertise" in the dance ministry is not to be taken as the gospel truth. There are many who teach based on experiences and personal preferences. The Word of God is the only authority from which we should base our teachings. We may present wisdom and best practices, but even these should be scripturally based. There is safety in a multitude of counselors. There is danger in basing our practices solely the word of one witness.

There is more than one way to minister before for the Lord. Because the gospel is to be preached throughout all the world, we must also take culture, economics, and demographics into consideration when preparing to minister before diverse crowds. Personal testimonies, conferences, workshops, books, DVDs, CDs and websites can give us an idea of what challenges and expectations there are in movement ministry. We must keep it all in context, remembering that individual circumstances, traditions, and socio-economic status can influence each point-of-view.

We can become dependent on people if we do not research for ourselves what we are being taught regarding movement ministry. A ministerial title, mega-church affiliation, network membership, or technical resume does not indicate true servants of the Lord. There comes a time to stop running from place to place, and allow the Holy Spirit to instruct us in the way we should go.

Psalm 25:12 (NKJV)
Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

Jeremiah 31:34 (NKJV)
No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

1 Corinthians 2:13 (NKJV)
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 John 2:27 (NKJV)
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Arts and Crafts

Dance is an artform. Dance ministry is artistic evangelism, edification, reconciliation, restoration, and rejuvenation, amongst many other attributes. Regardless of our technical knowledge, there are many skills that we can learn that will give us enhanced tools to improve our effectiveness as ministers of movement.

Advice that is often given to up-and-coming artists is to "study your craft." This is a reminder that natural talent can be developed expertly by submitting to training and understanding the artform. Many fledgling dance ministries have nautral abilities to dance, and this is wonderful. Combining the natural ability with the functionality of training will garner the respect of movement as a ministry. It is prideful for the trained dancers to inhibit the less-trained purely on mechanics. The Lord uses whomever He wills.

Many start training in the arts at a young age. It is never too late to develop our skills in both movement and the Word of God. Lack of training does not disqualify us from being dance ministers; However, it may hinder us if we want to dance in certain arenas. The main goal is for us to present the Lord the most excellent offering that we can. If that means spending a few extra hours at the gym, taking training classes, or reading the Word, it is worth it to give Him our very best.

1 Chronicles 15:22 (NKJV)
Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was instructor in charge of the music, because he was skillful

Psalm 144:1 (NKJV)
Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle

Acts 17:28-29 (NKJV)
For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Please enjoy this video by Godly Ladies of Worship (GLOW)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Those of us who believe walk by faith and not by sight. Those who do not believe should not be expected to walk by faith on the same level that we do. In this ever growing, image-driven society, we realize that the gospel can be "preached" in many ways. Just observing our natural surroundings can cause us to break out in spontaneous praise and worship when we ponder the goodness of the Lord.

Unconventional methods are usually met with much criticism. Jesus is the prime example of suffering persecution by the religious community. Many that followed His ministry did so after witnessing the awesome works that He had done and hearing His doctrine. Among the crowd of witnesses were also those who saw His miracles firsthand, and as a result sought to destroy Him.

Hypocrisy is words without action. Faith and works operating together bring life. Dance and movement ministry have fostered many testimonies of healing, deliverance, and renewed faith. Jesus reminded His critics that unclean spirits are not cast out by devils. If captives are being set free through the vehicle of movement, then we must resist the temptation to listen to those who would seek to put a stop to it. Let us make it our priority to be true doers of the Word.

2 Kings 6:17 (NKJV)
And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Matthew 15:31 (NKJV)
So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

John 1:50-51 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

John 8:56 (NKJV)
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

Monday, June 23, 2008

Follow-the-Leader, Lead-the-Follower

Leaders must know those that labor among them. Some people are sent to assist the ministry for an extended time, and others are leaders-in-training. The problem with many ministries today is that many leaders treat everyone like "eternal followers," instead of realizing that it is important to develop leaders as well. Dance ministers should be trained to dance and minister as the Lord is leading.

In our natural lives, it is not viewed as "normal" to live at home with our parents well into our adult years. Why is this happening spiritually so often in the church? The concept is that we are trained to be productive, responsible members of society once we leave home. Unfortunately, many today are being labeled as "unsubmitted" when leaving the spiritual "church home" to continue to learn and develop in a new place.

Many frustrated dance leaders feel as though they are being stifled by church programs and corporate visions and are not being released into the calling on their lives. There must be balance. We understand that there is a season for development and training, but David did not stay in the field with the sheep his entire life. His time spent there provided the patience and skill needed to manage many responsibilities to come.

Many leaders today would not be leaders if they did not seek training from many qualified teachers. Even educational institutes provide students with a variety of qualified teachers. Wise counsel is obtained through various sources, all weighed according to the Word of God. No one person should control or dictate our lives. Leaders that cannot discern the difference between training servants and developing capable leaders can potentially suffocate the function of the Body and hinder spiritual health in the lives of many.

Ruth 3:6 (NKJV)
So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.

Psalm 2:10 (NKJV)
Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.

Proverbs 19:20 (NKJV)
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.

Acts 18:24-26 (NKJV)
Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Dance ministers do not wear costumes. The idea that dancers should select attire based on what is available in mass quantities at the retail stores should be put to rest. There are garments used in ministry for the purpose of conveying the truth of the message. The garments worn should not be a distraction or an offesnse to the viewers. If we ask Him, the Lord will instruct us as to what is appropriate for a particular piece.

Though we use our bodies as instruments, our flesh is not to be highlighted during movement. The Presence of the Lord should permeate our surroundings when we are led by the Spirit. Many books, websites, and teachings have discussed the garment controversy, but there are still too many dance groups who have not (or refuse to have) obtained a demonstrated understanding for the usage of garments in ministry.

Not everyone will wear a robe, gown down to the floor, or angel-sleeve dresses to get the point across. The fact also remains that not all dance ministries will seek the Lord for directions concerning ministry attire. We must continue to pray that we are in line with His will, and that we are not doing a disservice to the ministry.

1 Chronicles 15:27 (NKJV)
David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod.

Psalm 45:13 (NKJV)
The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold.

2 Corinthians 5:3 (NKJV)
If indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.

Revelation 3:18 (NKJV)
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

The Controversy Continues...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Uninvited Guests

Dance ministries should not behave like talent agencies. For those who host conferences and major ministry events, it can be irritating to receive unsolicited requests from other ministries to allow them to dance during the program or teach during workshop sessions. Often, dancers who are scouting for "gigs" have not registered for the conference or are simply looking for a platform to claim. Our decisions to attend conferences and events should not be based on our opportunity to minister. If we are found faithful in what the Lord has assigned to us, the doors will open with very little effort.

Motivation matters. It is good practice to make ourselves available through internet resources, networks, or be referred by others who are familiar with our work. It may not be so wise to overtly include "book me for your event" on our ministry websites. If we teach or dance, it is fine that people know that. When we start producing "infomercials," we turn into salespeople. If we push open the door of opportunity for ourselves, we will have to work just as hard to keep it that way. When the Lord opens a door, no man can shut it.

It is a powerful testimony when we can share with people how the Lord is faithful to reward those who diligently seek Him. It is outright embarrassing to be declined from ministering (sometimes for years) with others because we were over-zealous. If the invitations seem to be few and far between, be patient. Let us commit ourselves to prayer, serve the Lord and each other, and sharpen our skills in movement and the Word. It is important to be found doing His will, and not our own.

Proverbs 18:16 (NKJV)
A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Luke 14:10 (NKJV)
But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.

2 Peter 1:10-11 (NKJV)
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Revelation 3:8 (NKJV)
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Friday, June 20, 2008


It is often viewed as "performance" when a gospel dancer moves without emotion. To be emotionally invested in something means that we care and find value in it. The opposite spectrum reveals those who are a bit "too emotional," so emotional that they cannot make it through a dance without falling apart. If the experience comes from a place prompted by the Spirit, then by all means, emote!

A face that is frozen in a permanent smile does not always convey the truth of the piece that we are presenting. A strong look that can appear to be anger should not be plastered on our faces either. His leading will teach us the delicate balance of the appropriate expressions to use for the message. It is good practice to observe our faces in a mirror or watch ourselves on tape to get a true assessment of what our faces reveal.

There is a time to cry, laugh, and dance! We should let no one tell us that we are to be unemotional about our relationship with God. Knowing the Lord on a personal level will render you overwhelmed with love deeper than can be described. Let us express the truth of our love for Him. Get emotional!

Genesis 21:6 (NKJV)
And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”

Genesis 29:11 (NKJV)
Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept.

1 Samuel 2:1 (NKJV)
[Hannah’s Prayer] And Hannah prayed and said:“My heart rejoices in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

Psalm 126:5 (NKJV)
Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Song of Solomon 2:6 (NKJV)
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hairs of the Throne

Hair is symbolic as much as anything else in movement ministry. There are various opinions concerning what is the "proper" way for a dancer to wear his or her hair. While safety is an issue to consider and ministry unity may be a factor, the "hairy" situation should be based upon understanding the Word of the Lord. There is much greater liberty when we look at things from the Father's viewpoint instead of haggling over the little details.

In the Scriptures, hairstyles were at times indicative of vows to the Lord. Samson was under the Nazarite vow, which prevented him from cutting his hair or shaving his head. In other instances, a shaved or bald head represented a clean person (for men). Long hair for women is considered glorious. A head full of hair denotes safety and protection from harm. Also, different colors of hair are mentioned (gray, white, black, yellow, etc). When we understand what the hair represents in our movement pieces, this will make make for a more vivid and truthful visual experience.

This is not to suggest that we incorporate wigs and hairpieces as a rule. When we are led by the Lord concerning all of or ways, then we lave less room for error. All things with God are purposeful. After all, He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads (this means that He cares enough for us for it to matter)...

1 Samuel 14:45 (NKJV)
But the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has accomplished this great deliverance in Israel? Certainly not! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people rescued Jonathan, and he did not die.

Proverbs 16:31 (NKJV)
The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.

Song of Solomon 7:5 (NKJV)
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel, and the hair of your head is like purple; A king is held captive by your tresses.

Ezekiel 44:20 (NKJV)
“They shall neither shave their heads, nor let their hair grow long, but they shall keep their hair well trimmed.

Acts 18:18 (NKJV)
[Paul Returns to Antioch] So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

1 Corinthians 11:14-15 (NKJV)
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bending and Stretching... the Truth

There is a temptation to over-exaggerate or over-emphasize our accomplishments. This may not start off as an outright goal, but once we begin to realize our impact as dance ministers, the opportunity will present itself. This was Lucifer's problem. He began to get his own "fan club" (he was the President of it) and decided that he would mark his importance by placing himself in a position that did not belong to him. He quickly lost that bid for the Throne for eternity...

For example, some people want to lay claim to being the "Founder" of liturgical dance, or the "Pioneer" of movement ministry. That position was already taken by Miriam in Exodus 15:20. Others mark their territories by announcing to be "first" to accomplish a big feat or that they have the "largest" whatever. Often this information can be found in the bio of a movement minister, on the ministry website, or in print media. When we look at our own ministry bios (and photos), who is really getting the honor?

There is nothing wrong with honoring one another as long as we do not make another person an idol in our eyes. When we internalize this honor and begin to praise ourselves, then we open the door to pride, arrogance, and competition. Humilty will keep us in the place of promotion. Let us all do a self-survey today concerning our printed biographies, websites, and online photo albums. If there is more of "us" than Him, then we must take the time to adjust these areas so that the Lord is in First Place.

1 Samuel 2:3 (NKJV)
Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.

Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV)
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Romans 12:16 (NKJV)
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

James 4:16 (NKJV)
But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Look Before You Leap!

This is not the time to dance on shaky ground. Many problems that arise in the church are indicative of a blatant lack of knowledge concerning the Word of God. The desire for praise and popularity attract many to the art of dance. Dance ministry involves much more than leaps and turns. If the movement ministry is truly operating under the direction of the Holy Spirit, not everyone who volunteers to participate will be left standing over time. Narrow is the way...

Each dancer must take personal responsibility for knowing the Scriptures. It is not enough for the dance leader to be the "guru" for an entire group. The enemy is not ignorant to the fact that dance ministry is growing in popularity, power, and effectiveness. Movies, television, books, MySpace, YouTube, and various media outlets are highlighting the powerful messengers of dance. As a result, the trappings of lust for money, power, and fame will try to derail us. Staying in His presence and knowing His Word will sustain us if we are obedient.

Let us no longer be babes! It is time to sink our teeth into the meat of the Word for our daily provision. When we seek the Lord and hide His Word within, it will manifest through movement. With the Scriptures come miracles, healing, salvation, and transformation. The Holy Spirit is moving... read all about it!

Psalm 119:11 (NKJV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Matthew 22:29 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

Acts 17:11 (NKJV)
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Monday, June 16, 2008


If we think that we can keep dancing and ministering without taking a personal "sin" inventory, we are in for a rude awakening. It is time to check our "medi-sin" cabinets for anything that we are doing that is contrary to His will for our lives. Making a habit of sin should not be a routine practice for anyone confessing Christ, and especially those who are serving Kingdom purposes. Medicine only provides temporary relief. Healing addresses the problem and removes it from our midst. What sins are we masking through a "quick fix?"

Obvious sins are easier to pinpoint, but there are many of us promoting hidden sins within. Some of us proclaim to love each other with our mouths, but murder each other with our actions in secret. Others are so focused on promotion that they sabotage what the Lord is doing through someone else's life and ministry. There is a need for healing in every area that causes us to take our eyes off of Christ.

He is a Balm for those who need healing and deliverance from torment of the mind, impurity of heart, and a broken spirit. We often dance about healing, but what about those who need to be washed and purified from internal minefields and scars from years ago? Let us continue to let the mind of Christ be in us so that we may do the will of Him who sent us. He paid the final price for us to be healed of sin in every form. The choice to be made whole is up to us.

Genesis 4:7 (NKJV)
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Psalm 103:10 (NKJV)
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)
A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

Mark 2:17 (NKJV)
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Sunday, June 15, 2008

"Hear Ye, Hear Ye!"

There are some sitting in our congregations who are unable to experience the world as we do. Our message through movement must be so clear that a person unable to hear or see will know Who we are lifting up when we express the Word through movement. Though we may not all be called to incorporate sign language in motion, there is a very distinct time and place for it to go forth.

Many who are able to hear choose to ignore the message of the cross. For those who may be hearing impaired, it is a blessing to be able to communicate the message of His love for all mankind. Creativity and connectivity can greatly enhance the sign language ministry. Inviting dancers, banner carriers, musicians, and singers to come together with the sign language ministries encourages every tribe and tongue to praise the Lord!

Those without the full use of their bodies are not exempt from rendering praise unto God. We should welcome fellow worshippers regardless of individual challenges. Not only will we be able to be a blessing, but we will be blessed, knowing the magnitude of His benefits toward us.

Isaiah 29:18 (NKJV)
In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

Isaiah 43:7-9a (NKJV)
Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled

Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV)
“The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.

Luke 7:22 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Please enjoy this video:

Saturday, June 14, 2008

20 Questions

We can never stop seeking the Lord for instructions. Dance ministry does not work by formulas. Any movement ministry operating without a prayer connection to the Father will find themselves in error. We can stand with assurance when we are certain that we have heard the Lord's voice.

Prayer coupled with the Word will grant us clarity and confidence through Him. When we seek answers through prayer, we will be sustained, renewed, refreshed, revived, and accurate. If we are still questioning our purpose in the dance ministry, then it is time to be still and get an understanding before moving any further.

Answers from the Lord come in a variety of ways. There are times when we will hear Him "internally." These are times that a direct message will come from Him that assures us of the direct line of communication between us and Him. Other times, He may use a prophet, preacher, or another person to confirm what He has told us. We may also read printed material (especially the Word of God) that will encourage us and confirm His workings. Whatever way the Lord speaks to us, we must continue to inquire of Him. Our obedience is the key to results. Without Him, we can do nothing.

Judges 20:18 (NKJV)
Then the children of Israel arose and went up to the house of God to inquire of God. They said, “Which of us shall go up first to battle against the children of Benjamin?” The LORD said, “Judah first!”

1 Samuel 1:20 (NKJV)
So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the LORD.”

Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)
One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.

1 John 3:22 (NKJV)
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

Friday, June 13, 2008

(Un)Easy to Love

When faced with opposition, we must always choose to do the right thing. There may be fellow believers in our midst who may irritate us and cause us discomfort. We may need more prayer to get through a dance rehearsal than we do when reaching out to the lost. If we are truthful, there are times when we feel that the absence of the offending individual(s) will bring us relief or peace. What profit would we get from that?

It helps us to grow when we face the trials of life and ministry. Sometimes we have rejoiced when someone has left our midst, but we need to be more prayerful about who the Lord has assigned us to. Yes, there are times when the relationship has ended and we must part ways, but then there are other times...

Let us continue to ask the Lord to guide us when dealing with dancers that may need a little extra attention, care, or time. It is a sacrifice to maintain the bond of unity, especially when we have personal reservations with an individual or group of individuals. Our goal is that nothing (sin) hinder us from operating in the fullness of His power. Dance is not the object of our affection- God is!

Matthew 5:44-46 (NKJV)
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another

Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

1 Peter 3: 8-9 (NKJV)
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In Sickness and In Health

Many distractions will come to discourage us from moving forward. Sometimes we are looking for the major things to attack us, but often it is the little culprits that try to trip us up. We must stay prayerful against attacks, but there are some that are inevitable. The key is pressing on through them.

There may be times that a fellow dancer will call at the last minute to say that he or she cannot make it right before it is time to dance. Have we prepared ourselves to go on in case of emergency? If we depend on people, we will definitely be disappointed. Do we allow mishaps to distract us from our mission?

There are some things that will come unexpectedly. It may come in the form of conversation that results in a choice to focus on the issue or focus on the Lord. Sickness may try to hinder us. Family concerns may try to overwhelm us. Financial need may try to bombard our minds. We must recognize this and train our minds and spirits to submit all of our cares to the Lord. When we magnify Him, all else will become insignificant in His presence.

Exodus 23:25 (NKJV)
“So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

Jeremiah 39:18 (NKJV)
For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me,” says the LORD.’

Romans 8: 38-39 (NKJV)
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Spirit Fingers

The Word is confirmed with signs following. It is awesome to see how the Lord uses the movement ministries to show His Word from the Truth perspective. When we read the Scriptures from a Holy Spirit context, we will truly see that the Lord is using many aspects of the worship arts to spread the gospel.

There are times when small motions can make a big impact. Many sign dance ministries rely on sign language to convey the Message, while many mimes primarily use the face and hands. The finger denotes a very powerful image in scripture. Finger pointing can mean accusation in modern-day context, but the finger can also represent the handiwork of the Lord.

The Lord's arms, hands, thigh, finger, back, and face are but a few of the "Body parts" He is described as having in the Bible. Realizing that we are made in His image and likeness, it should be no surprise to us that the Lord created us in a similar fashion. As we continue to seek movement and instruction concerning choreography in light of His Word, let us be confident that He created our entire bodies to be presented to Him as a living sacrifice.

Exodus 8:19 (NKJV)
Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said.

Exodus 31:18 (NKJV)
And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Deuteronomy 9:10 (NKJV)
Then the LORD delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

Luke 11:20 (NKJV)
But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Living Hand to Mouth

Dance by itself is not enough to save us. Successful movement ministries operate by faith and adhere to wisdom. Fellowshipping and gleaning from one another will make us a stronger unit. If we keep moving without stopping to get instructions from the Lord, we become prime targets for destruction and attack.

Some of us are very passionate and love the Lord intensely, but do not know when to be quiet. Our lips produce good or bad fruit. Some of us make a habit of condemning our fellow co-laborers with our lips more than we bless the Lord with them. There is much hurt in the body of movement ministries because of words that were said (offenses), things unsaid (broken fellowship), and things yet to be said (repentance). In this age of technology, offenses are spread over e-mail as easily as they are in person and on the telephone. May the Lord help us to guard our mouths, watch our hands, and speak right things!

What the Lord has spoken, He will perform. Sometimes what we speak, we fail to honor. If we continue to serve one another in love, then our hands and mouths will be found to be great partners in ministry. Agreements are often spoken and written. Some are sealed with a handshake. Though what is spoken only in words is less likely to be upheld as proof, what is written will stand. Let us continue to stand on the Word and bless the Lord at all times... the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

1 Kings 8:24 (NKJV)
You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.

Psalm 149:6 (NKJV)
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand

Proverbs 12:14 (NKJV)
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sole Objective

Our feet are powerful indicators of position, territory, and authority. We must be careful where we place our feet. The location of our feet determine what we stand for, what we stand on, and what we stand against. Our feet can be used to claim a territory for the Kingdom, and they can be used to destroy people, places, and things.

Stamping our feet can be done as a rebuke against sin and evil. When the Word talks about stamping feet, it is in the context of sin that has taken place. Often in "warfare" style dances, rhythmic movement is used to stamp out sin and sound the advancement of the people of God against the workings of darkness. As the spirit realm is real, we must exercise care when faced with any type of warfare and direct confrontation of the enemy. We must understand what we are doing to avoid casualties.

Walking in an unworthy manner can represent disonor and irreverance. Our feet are not authorized to walk wherever we see fit. When the Lord directs our steps, our feet are to be where He has ordained. As we continue to follow the Lord in life and in ministry, we must remember that we are not led by our feet, but by the Spirit.

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

2 Samuel 22:43 (NKJV)
Then I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I trod them like dirt in the streets, and I spread them out.

Ezekiel 6:11 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord GOD: “Pound your fists and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.

Ezekiel 25:6-7 (NKJV)
For thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you clapped your hands, stamped your feet, and rejoiced in heart with all your disdain for the land of Israel, indeed, therefore, I will stretch out My hand against you, and give you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will cause you to perish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Jeremiah 12:10 (NKJV)
Many rulers have destroyed My vineyard, They have trodden My portion underfoot; They have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dance the Word

All of the technical training in the world will not cause us to be anointed. Having a sincere heart to dance before the Lord will give us grace for a season, but it is the Word that will sustain us. Many dancers are claiming to be dance ministries without a grasp on what the Bible tells us about movement and ministry.

Knowing the basic scriptures concerning dance is a start. Miriam and David are household names among Christian dance supporters, but dance with an understanding will come with devoted Bible study and prayer. The songs that we select should line up with several Biblical accounts and the movement should demonstrate God's heart on the matter.

We cannot depend on others to do the research and the teaching for us. We are each accountable for what we know. Even children that dance should be able to recount the premise of why they dance the Word. As each dancer does his or her part to study to be approved and unashamed, the corporate body of dance ministers will be helped as we open doors to more dance ministries who are sincere about the Lord and His calling.

Exodus 15:20 (NKJV)
[ 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.

1 Samuel 18:7 (NKJV)
So the women sang as they danced, and said: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

2 Samuel 6:14 (NKJV)
Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

Psalm 149:3 (NKJV)
Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.

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

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NKJV)
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Power Company

It is not enough that one or two dancers on a team is powerful. If we dance with a group, we must strive for everyone to be effective and move by the Spirit. It is good and pleasant for us to dwell together in unity! Being on one accord helps to combat pride and competition within ministry groups.

Granted, we are all at different places in our personal relationships with the Lord. When we minister as a group, we stand as one before Him. If just one of us is out of line, then the whole group is compromised. There is beauty in the holiness of worship. We are more effective as dancers when we rely on the Holy Spirit, and not our own abilities.

We only receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon us. Too many are operating in their own giftings. When the flesh is leading, we will struggle with disunity, strife, rebellion, ambitiousness, and mutiny. Our prayers for our movement ministries should include the unity of the brethren and that we walk as one. We cannot accomplish ths without the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 4:2-4 (NKJV)
With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling

Zephaniah 3:9 (NKJV)
For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.

Philippians 2:2 (NKJV)
Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

1 Corinthians 12:13 (NKJV)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Write in the Palm of Your Hand

What we do with our hands is important. Our hands can be used to help, or they can be used to hinder. The same hands that worship can become weapons if we are not careful to place them properly. The washing of our hands is akin to purity and righteousness.

It is interesting to note that the Lord has writing on the palm of His hands. If the Lord has clean hands, then those who are inscribed there must be clean as well! Every thought, deed, and action must be done with sincerity of heart. Let us continue to lead lives of righteousness as we step out to minister in movement.

Because we dance and hold worship tools with our hands, we must also literally keep them clean. Unnoticed dirt or liquids can find their way onto our garments, flags, or billows if we are not careful. We must also train our children and congregations to be careful when touching items reserved for ministry. It is not the items themselves that are sacred, it is the God that they represent.

Isaiah 49:16 (NKJV)
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

Job 17:9 (NKJV)
Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

Psalm 18:20 (NKJV)
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

James 4:8 (NKJV)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Looking Over Your Shoulder

Dance incorporates more than our hands and feet. Each part of the body is important to unify the whole. As we are all many members, but one body, our own bodies are a representation of how the Lord has a purpose for every part of us. Using our entire beings in movement allows us to experience the many joys of dancing for the Lord.

Using our shoulders in dance can be very symbolic. The shoulder in the Bible is a place where burdens were borne. It is also a place where things were carried or transported. This symbolizes strength and responsibility. We can include movement that highlights the shoulder in these ways. Our shoulders function in a greater capacity than the lifting of our arms. Let them demonstrate the strength that is in them.

When we study the Word in depth, we will discover more movement than we thought imaginable! We should not neglect any opportunity to glorify the Lord in our bodies. He created each joint to function together. Let us submit ourselves completely as members for His Divine use.

Psalm 81:6 (NKJV)
I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets.

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 22:22 (NKJV)
The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.

Luke 15:4-5(NKJV)
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dare to be Different

We do not have to feel pressured to move like anyone else. Too many ministries base their identities on what has been seen by another group or dancer. When the Lord selects us to minister before Him and His people, He has designed us in such a way that we are all created with care.

If the Lord speaks to you in a way that may seem abstract, allow Him to have His perfect work in you. Do not think it strange or odd when the Lord reveals an idea that has not been witnessed before in our eyes. In turn, we must not immediately dismiss things that we see that are unlike what we do.

When dancers begin to celebrate the vastness of the Lord's creation, then we will be able to fully enjoy the beauty of worship through movement. Learning various styles of worship unto the Lord in movement will also give us more diversity in our pieces. If we cannot appreciate the differences that we have and celebrate them as well, then we will only endorse the things that look like our own. Even the flowers are not all the same. Let us rejoice that we are not all alike!

Romans 12:4 (NKJV)
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function

Romans 12:6 (NKJV)
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith

1 Corinthians 12:5 (NKJV)
There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Spin Control

If we are not careful, we can begin to operate in a way that is controlling to those around us. Many people attempt to do this even with manipulating the Word of God. Those who oppose dance ministry often use personal experience to sway people away from receiving the movement ministries. This can be what is termed "spin control."

Spin Control- Attempt to manipulate public: the attempt to evoke a desired public response by the presentation of biased or select information.

We cannot be guilty of presenting the ministry of dance in a deceptive way either. When we manipulate the Scriptures to fit our viewpoint, we are in violation of God's principles. Though dance ministry is a powerful tool for the Master's use, it is only one part of the Body. We need the spoken word, singers, musicians, supporters, garment makers, hairdressers, car manufacturers, airlines, and much more... to move in our callings.

Focus on what the Lord is saying. Obey what He gives as instructions. Only He is in control of our lives. We have liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is. Whether we spin, turn, leap, pirouette, or stand still in movement ministry, the Lord is the Director of it all.

Deuteronomy 4:2 (NKJV)
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

2 Samuel 6:16 (NKJV)
Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

1 Chronicles 15:29 (NKJV)
And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Seating Assignments

We have many options with visual symbolism in the worship arts. We must reconsider calling ministry visual enhancements "props" and let the Lord open us up to a whole new dimension of worship. Our ministry pieces can come alive and gain depth of understanding from the congregation's perspective when we are able to do more than just pretend to accomplish a thing in movement with imaginary items.

A visual tool that is often used in movement is the chair. Folding chairs are transportable and lightweight, and can be embellished with chair covers or decor for a more regal appearance. Chairs or stools can be used for sitting, offering a seat to someone else, or for diversity in levels of the dance. In pageantry, the use of a throne or ornate chair can inspire a sense of awe and worship unto the Lord. These furnishings are often less mobile and more challenging to move from place to place.

Furniture can be used creatively as choreographic partners in ministry. It is important to exercise saftey, practice often, and get a good grasp of the Biblical foundation for the use of the seat in motion. Simply using visual ministry enhancements for the sake of using them is not worship in truth. Let us continue to get an understanding concerning all that we do so that we are precise messengers of the Word.

Job 36:7 (NKJV)
He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.

Psalm 47:8 (NKJV)
God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.

Psalm 139:2 (NKJV)
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

Daniel 7:9 (NKJV)
[Vision of the Ancient of Days] “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire;

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


Sitting back and waiting for "something" to happen is not the order of the day. The time for being passive in the church while the world is dying is without excuse. The Bible instructs us to be "doers" of the Word and not hearers only. It is time to act on what the Lord has been saying to us for far to long. Let us get up and move!

Inactivity and passivity in the church during praise and worship has often been labeled the "spectator spirit." Many who have been drawn to dance ministry may have once been sitting in the pew, watching the ministry of movement. At some point, many dancers has a life-changing experience that moved them from being a spectator to an expectant participant.

If we remain moldable concerning our expressions of adoration unto our Father, the corporate worship experience will receive the mandate to "do" the Word openly. As dancers, it is an awesome sight when the viewer moves from his or her seat, and is inspired to praise the Lord in the dance. If we study the Scriptures, the truth that we gain will become evident in our movement. As we continue to move in Him, He will continue to transplant the hearts of the people to draw them to Him.

Psalm 40:10 (NKJV)
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.

Luke 8:47 (NKJV)
Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

Acts 20:20-21(NKJV)
How I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 1:25 (NKJV)
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.