Wednesday, April 6, 2011

No Experience Required

NEWS FLASH!!! Dance ministry is NOT a requirement for your church! Although I am a proponent of the ministry of movement, I am also an advocate of the Body functioning in its proper place. The problem within many ministries today is a spiritual "Keeping up with the Joneses" proliferating throughout our congregations. Dance leaders are being haphazardly selected for the mere purpose of forming a dance troupe without regard for core beliefs, lifestyle, or anointing for leadership. It is better to leave a hole in the wall open than to fill that SAME hole with deadly explosives!

Much of the spiritual warfare happening within our borders today is brewing from the inside. Pastors and governing leadership MUST understand the spiritual importance of placing people in proper position, and the lasting ramifications of starting ministries without the leading of the Lord. It is time to sound the alarm and stand on the TRUTH of the Word!

This structural damage taking place in our churches is now spilling into the streets of our communities and across the Nations. Wounded soldiers from the dance ministry battlefield are starting external ministries with bleeding hearts. Others, running from the shrapnel of words and ungodly behavior are hiding in spiritual caves and going "underground" when they are internally yearning for ministry to come forth. What have we allowed to happen in our (supposed) sanctuaries? These experiences are NOT a requirement to dance for the Lord!

Praise God for the many healthy ministries in the churches and the community that have been started with pure intentions and ordained by God. Not all external ministries are rogue, just as many church leaders incorporate proper prayer and reliance on God before setting leaders in place. Because many dancers desire to move outside of the appointed time, these war stories continue to mount. We must all rely on God to serve in the area that brings Him glory and leads other to Christ. If our current ministries are marred by fighting, rebellion, dysfunction, and disunity, we must humble ourselves and pray.... NOW!

(New King James Bible Version)

1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Jude 1:17-19
But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

4 comments:

Created2Dance said...

Upon reading your blog, it sounds all to familar, umong lay leaders and pastors. I am really glad that you have taken this time to unveil an ongoing issue. I have seen, and heard about hurting dancers and having been one myself, there is a need for order and being under the right leadership. It is going to take much fasting and praying to restore, mend and heal broken hearts. Thanks again for the exposure, to this ongoing problem.

For God's Glory said...

wow. my life story. amen for springing forth the truth!

AnointedPraiseDancer said...

You are so on point with this post. Dance Ministry is a REAL ministry and I'm so glad that ours was truly ordained by God. No one aske dus to start a ministry at our church but it was all the Lord's Doing! I didn't want to start a dance ministry at my church because I did not think I was ready to be a leader (although God had been calling me, sometimes we just try to pretend we don't hear His voice). But God equipped us with everything we needed: His Word, a few humble servants to serve on the ministry (just 4 of us), and an excellent Pastor! We are in our 3rd year of ministry and I believe that being a lifelong student of the Bible and Dance Ministry is key to being effective.

Poetry of Motion! said...

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