It is not acceptable for dance ministers to be ignorant concerning the Word of God. Since it is the very essence of what we do, we are setting ourselves up for failure if we continue to operate in ignorance. There is no minimum age requirement to be a student of the Word. If we are training children to dance in front of congregations, then we can impart the Bible into their spirits as well.
Beyond the general Scriptures that mention dance, we must also have a good grasp of Biblical themes and history. Beyond movement, we should be able to give a verbal overview of dance in the Bible when we are asked about it or discussing it. This takes practice just as much as preparing a piece for ministry. As movement ministers, we should actively become proponents of the gospel in both Word and deed.
Although we may not speak or move our mouths when we dance, we must be willing and able to do so if needed. The state of being dumb implies that someone is unable to speak. When we are not studying the Word on a regular basis, then we too become unable to speak. Beyond the love for dance and desire to worship the Lord through movement, our first priority should be to be disciples of and witnesses to the wondrous miracle of the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Matthew 22:29 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God."
Romans 10:2-4 (NKJV)
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Jude 1:3 (NKJV)
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.