Friday, November 14, 2008

Keep a Record of It

Those inspired to write the Holy Scriptures would have been disobedient not to perform the scribal mandate. Dancers are very visual, and use aural means to accompany movement to get the message out. What is spoken would not have as much credence if not for the written record. Many times, the Lord Jesus would make the statement, "It is written." With this assertion, He was able to refute every deceptive argument presented to Him by the enemy.

Movement ministry involves much more than dancing and ministering. The administration of ministry will allow us to flow according to guidelines and assist with preventing confusion. This does not mean that we have to police dance members with a strict set of rules to follow. Clearly written guidelines concerning the vision of the ministry, expectations, committment, and standard operating procedures will allow us to treat one another with respect and walk in agreement. When we move ahead without a sense of order, we can run into trouble and will end up making the rules as we go along.

Disorganization in ministry can lead to claims of unfair treatment and favoritism. Neglecting to establish procedures for dealing with dancers that miss rehearsals, exhibit chronic lateness, engage in unacceptable behavior, and rebel against leadership can result in a great rift throughout the ministry team, as well as a larger organization. Having the spiritual and technical elements of dance ministry is important, but laying a solid foundation to govern the ministry will promote the ability to endure the challenges that arise.

We should make an effort to keep an updated record of movement ministry standards. This can be sanctioned by leadership, but does not necessarily have to be the duty of the dance ministry leader. A person gifted with administrative skills can serve as a recordkeeper and make note of of important developments and changes. This person can also keep copies of the agreed directives with them so that incoming and established dance ministers may have the ability to review during times of gathering. These are just a few examples, but when we make a practice of writing the vision, we will be able to maintain focus and understand our mandate plainly.

Jeremiah 36:17-18 (NKJV)
And they asked Baruch, saying, “Tell us now, how did you write all these words—at his instruction?” So Baruch answered them, “He proclaimed with his mouth all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink in the book.”

Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
[The Just Live by Faith] Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.

Luke 1:3-4 (NKJV)
It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.

1 Timothy 3:14-15 (NKJV)
These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

1 John 5:13 (NKJV)
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

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