Just like we can tell a great preacher and teacher from one that is struggling, people can usually also spot the dancer that is having a hard time getting their message across. You either have been called or you called yourself. This is why is becomes a struggle. We see someone who is anointed and is used mightily in this gift and we immediately go buy an outfit, memorize a dance seen on YouTube and perform it the next week. Notice, I said, perform. Performing is totally different to ministering. I'm not saying if you like this, you shouldn't join just because God hasn't shown up at your door and said, "Dance." There has to be a fire in your bones that makes you want to use movement to bring glory to the Lord.
I can't stop repeating how disturbing it is to watch praise and worship dance groups and mime groups on the internet or church. Too many groups have this same look and feel that I will just call, "EMPTY." Creativity comes from the assurance that this is your area to flow in. With the calling, comes the gifting and the equipping. Don't rely on imitating others, pray for ideas with movement and dance.
Video after video, I see the same dry, lifeless dances. Then you see the little ones doing the same thing and once more, the church goes wild in applause. For what? I wonder. Has Heaven been brought to a standstill at the end of this performance? Be original. Be you. What can you or your team do that can shake this world with God's Word through your ministry? Copying someone's complete dance is not originality but imitation. God deserves our best gift.
Originality and creativity come with a price. It's called, Time with the Creator. Have you prayed? He has made all things. And, He's made them all good. Don't you think that if you have a dance ministry, you need to seek the Lord's guidance and direction? Isn't the Lord the one to place ideas and creativity into your mind? I can tell you that since childhood, I would hear a song and see the entire song choreographed in my mind in seconds. Other songs, I knew not to even try because it wasn't the message the Lord wanted me to share. He would give me the song and the movements immediately.
This came from spending time in prayer, trusting Him and asking Him to show me what to do. Will you take time to pray?
Isaiah 61:1-4 became my mission statement when the Lord allowed me to move in the Ministry of Dance. I understood that my purpose was not only to make Him shine and point the way to Him, but I had been called to use every motion and movement to push back darkness and declare Life in Jesus Name. Do you know your purpose?
So, stubbornness creeps in, you shut out the Spirit's voice telling you, "No, not that one." And you get everyone to believe the Lord told you to perform this song. After all, God has moved in every other church you saw it done, right? Your time to "minister" comes and at the end of it all, the church rejoices and applauds but deep inside, one of two things is happening. You are either really proud it all went well and the Lord anointed your efforts and lives were touched. Or, the emptiness or knowing you were out there on your own fills you and you want to cry and need to repent.
Putting on garments of praise means we know that what we are about to do is give our all to the Lord, Clothing in the professional world of dance, like ballet and lyrical, is very minimal. Erotic dance barely has a costume and other forms of dance limit the amount of clothing because the look either needs to be sensual or to allow movement.
No matter the applause, remain humble. God moved when you ministered? Give Him, and Him alone the glory. You are falsely accused, told to step down or leave a church after spending years investing in the ministry, surrender it all to God and remain humble. The Lord gave me verses to help me get through difficult times birthed through spineless and Godless church leaders and members who to me are the blind leading the blind. Maybe they can be here for you:
If you are in any type of ministry, prayer is like food. You can't put it aside. You will be attacked with people saying lies, with jealous people planting division, church members always saying what you do if from the devil, and so on. You have to be plugged in to the Source of Life. The elderly people in church are usually ignored and not given the honor I believe they should have. To me, they are so important. I always go to them and ask them to pray with me, for me, and teach me. Every time I would minister in dance or in the Word, these prayer warriors were lifting me up before the Lord. I never felt alone. Find people you can pray with. The battle is always before you. God's got an army ready to fight, on their knees, with shouts of praise and who are fearless.
Challenge the dance team to know why they do what they do. Do they even know any other scripture besides King David danced? There is so much to learn about when it comes to praise and worship in movement, spiritual warfare in dance and street ministry. I will pray about writing about this at a later time. Make a plan and write it down. How will your dance ministry and team stand out when it comes to knowing and understanding scripture and their call? How will you guide them as a leader?