Rivarly and competition brewing from the inside of a dance ministry can be more detrimental than any attack that the enemy could launch against us. Because people have various reasons for joining the dance ministry, too often the focus is of an individual need, rather than a true concern for the souls of others. Some dance out of pain. Some people want to tell a personal testimony through dance. Others are simply convinced that they are truly talented and want to showcase the gift for the world to see.
If we spend just as much time cultivating the ministry as we do on dance routines, then we may see less bitterness, heartache, and wounded servants in the movement ministry sector. We must never forget that we are dealing with people who have feelings, and many times, emotional scars. This does not mean that we tolerate every kind of behavior from people. It just means that we need to exhibit more spiritual fruit than ever before.
It does not matter if we are ministry leader or a passive supporter of the dance. What counts is when the Lord can say "well done" concerning how we conduct ourselves and care for His people. If we make a practice of exhibiting tender, loving care, then we will fulfill one of the greatest mandates on our lives: To love one another.
Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV)
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
Psalm 145:9 (NKJV)
The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
John 15:12 (NKJV)
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (NKJV)
That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.