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)

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