As movement ministry has grown in popularity, it is common to see dance ministries at birthday parties, weddings, receptions, corporate events, etc. While protocol is commonly stressed when attending church-related functions, a little widsom and some common sense must be exercised when we are representing ministry outside of the four walls. Understanding how to respond at all times and planning for common ocurrences is key.
If we are invited as a ministry, we should maintain the mission throughout the event. Remaining friendly and approachable should always be our temperment. If we are at an event where alcoholic beverages are being served, it would not suit the best interests of ministry to partake in the festivities. It may not be wise to preach to the partygoers the ills of beers and cocktails either. Likewise, if there will be dancing to non-Christian music on the dance floor, we may be sending mixed signals if we take center stage and shake it with the best of them. We should lead by example.
We must continue to stay focused and not take anything for granted when we minister in non-traditional arenas. As ministers of dance, we must accept the truth that we are always being watched. Our good should not be evil spoken of. Men who see our good works will be able to glorify our Father in heaven. When representing Christ to a perishing world, we have to remember that we are in the world, but not of it.
Luke 21:34 (NKJV)
[The Importance of Watching] But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
John 3:17 (NKJV)
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Romans 13:13 (NKJV)
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
Ephesians 5:17-19 (NKJV)
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord