Why We Minister in Dance

 

God is the originator of dance.  It is the enemy that has stolen it and distorted it.  Our mission is to take it back as holy unto the Lord.  Even as King David used the holy dance in his Tabernacle, we must put dance back in it's rightful place in the Church today and use it as the mighty weapon that it is. 

We minister dance to the Church to prepare the atmosphere and to open the doors for praise and worship.  We also minister in dance as warfare that the people may be delivered from their bondages.  As we provide the holy dance, we also want to open the eyes of all the saints and show them that it is okay to praise God openly, evenly "violently," without shame. 

Dance is meant to usher in the Holy Spirit so that the people may be healed and delivered.  Our focus is to minister the dance, not just dance the dance.

There are two different levels of ministry in dance: 

(1)  There are the entry level, praise and worship dances that anyone can and should do, and

(2) the prophetic dances. This is when the "called" anointed dancer ministers prophetically in dance over a person or people.  As the dancer matures in the Lord, and particularly if that person is already anointed to move prophetically, he or she begins to move in the prophetic side of dance ministry and dance becomes a mechanism by which strongholds are broken and people are healed, physically and mentally, and set free. 

This deeper area of the prophetic side of dance is where we need to grow into in dance ministry.  This is the level in dance ministry where:  effective praise dancing, effective worship dancing, effective intercessory dancing, effective conveyance of what God has to say dancing, and effective warfare and deliverance dancing are administered and where demonstrations of the Spirit occur.

This is where a prophetic dancer moved on by the Holy Spirit can minister over someone individually and reveal (because of Word of Knowledge) what is in that person's heart, or whatever the Lord wants to help them with or say to them, or give a prophetic word for their future.  This is where the dancer's movements and the music are ordained by the Lord to come together and touch a heart and impart a vision, word, or impression given by the Lord.



Who Can Minister in Dance?

There are two main spiritual requirements (beyond salvation) to be an effective minister of dance:

1.  You must know without a doubt that the Lord Jesus Christ has called you to minister dance unto Him and to His people; and

2.  You must have a willingness to empty yourself (and your agenda) so you may become full of the Lord.

Ministering dance is not about a feeling. 

It's not something you want to do because you danced in the world and you think you'd be good at it, or because you just like to dance, or because you need the exercise.  It's not something you do because the garments are pretty or because you'll be in the spotlight.  It's a ministry!  It's not a performance or recreation!  You are effecting people lives when you put on those garments of praise, worship, and warfare.  You must be called by the Master in order to enter in and be effective.

Ability, training, talent or gracefulness aren't requirements.  You must  just have a heart that truly wants to worship the Lord and to see people set free.  Of course we want to give the King the very best, but don't let training, talent or ability (either lack of, or the abundance of) get in the way.  Don't let too little or too much training be tools that Satan can use to bring pride into your dance, and then change the focus away from Jesus and onto yourself.

As a team and as a church, we should desire the Spirit of excellence be upon all that we do.  Training is necessary in order to grow, and you should regularly attend workshops and conferences so you can be encouraged and improve your knowledge and abilities. 

So, while technique is important, ultimately our heart attitude, and surrender towards the Lord will be the greatest determining factor in the level of anointing that we operate in.  If we have no anointing, we have no power, and there will be no fruit!  When there is no fruit, no one can prosper from your dance.
 

How Do We Dance? 

David didn't just dance; he danced with all of his might because he recognized that he was in the presence of the Great I Am and "In His presence there is fullness of joy."  Ps 16:11

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be so caught up in the Holy Spirit that you lose total control of yourself?  Can you imagine letting God direct your steps?  Can you imagine someone getting delivered because you let God use you in dance of praise, adoration, worship?  That's what dance is all about!  It's about Jesus, not about you!

 

The Heart of the Dancer Minister

The dance minister should possess certain qualities.  (See my teaching on Character of the Dancer.)  You must be a praiser, and a worshiper.  You must be Spirit filled, committed, anointed, and pure and holy before the Lord. 

You must also study your Bible regularly, attend church services and dance practices regularly and on-time.  You should get extra training and exposure to different dance ministry teachers to perfect your moves and to grow.  You should also know what the Word of God says about dance.

Remember, Prayer, Praise, and Practice bring Power, Peace, and Perfection.

Let's be the very best we can for the Lord so that He will be glorified and magnified as He flows through us in dance.  

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Now, let me talk to you about some issues that are not pleasant to think about but, unfortunately sometimes still happen relating to dance ministry.

Some Things to be Aware that Dance Ministers Quite Often Still Encounter:

1.   the Praise and Worship Team don't acknowledge you

2.   if you have a choir, the Choir Members don't speak to you

3.   the Pastor gives everyone credit in the ministry except you

4.   if you are a dance ministry leader, you are not considered a real ministry leader, often times - not considered a Pastor.

5.   other leadership in the church do not contact you as the leaser, when they would like someone to minister in dance for some special occasion; they just go directly to a dance ministry member and ask them if they will prepare a dance

6.   your needs as a ministry group are not addressed: 

you have no real place to practice, no equipment, your garments are not respected as holy, there are no funds provided to further the dance ministry, the dancers cannot be seen when dancing, and/or when any other activity or ministry event is scheduled, dance ministry rehearsals are bumped

7.   even the Pastor may say that he believes in dance ministry, but does not make room for it, and simply allows it to exist.  It seems to be used as decoration, nice to have - but not used as a minstry too..

Why is this?  I think that most people do not believe that dance in the Church can really be ministry.  First, we have to treat the dance ministry as a ministry. 

But if you find yourself in the situation delineated above, you are going to have to get on your face before the Lord and find out what to do.  Every situation is different.  Sometimes it's just warfare that you have to do.  Sometimes you have to educate the dancers and the people.  Over time, they may come around.

Another reason for this behavior is because some have taken the holy dance and blended it with worldly dance.  Some of us are dancing in church like we used to at the clubs.  Now listen:  There is a difference betweeen using wordly type dances in a Godly fashion to reach the worldly lost and when we use worldly body movements to satisfy our sensual selves, and end up off track.  Think about these questions:

When David danced, how do you imagine he danced? 

If Jesus were to praise his Father in dance, how would He dance? 

Many forms of dance are usable to praise God, dependent upon the outcome you are looking for, and the audience you will be ministering to. 

If you are trying to get young people to turn towards Jesus and keep them busy, you will need to incorporate today's dance moves into their dances. 

But when it comes down to the praise and worship that draws the whole body of Christ into His presence, I feel that we need to be very careful.  Ask the Lord what is appropriate for the general audience.  Always ask what does He want for that particular event.  No matter whether we are dancing the younger dances for the younger audience or the more graceful moves for the older audiences, let’s make sure we are magnifying God with every step and every note of music.  No fleshly involvement.

Finally, just remember, God called you to dance, --not the people, --not the Pastor! 

You are ministering dance because He called you. You just have to make sure that you are in the place that He called you to be, at the time that He wants.  If you are, dig your heals in and start fasting and praying for breakthrough.

Yes, we're a part of praise and worship; yes, we spend hundreds of dollars on our dance attire; yes, we get up just as early as the singers and the band do on Sunday morning, and yes, sometimes no one notices the sacrifices and earnest desire to see people healed and delivered,  --but it's okay. 

When that one person from the body of Christ takes the time out to tell you how you (or your team) blessed them or that they got healed during your holy dance, it is the most wonderful feeling in the world, and makes everything worth it!

Knowing that Jesus Christ is working through you is enough.

If God is for you, who can be against you!

 

Copyright by Jeanine Lynch, owner Judah Dancewear
 

There are two different levels of ministry in dance: 

(1)  There are the entry level, praise and worship dances that anyone can and should do, and

(2)  the prophetic dances. This is when the "called" anointed dancer ministers prophetically in dance over a person or people.  As the dancer matures in the Lord, and particularly if that person is already anointed to move prophetically, he or she begins to move in the prophetic side of dance ministry and dance becomes a mechanism by which strongholds are broken and people are healed and set free.  

 

 

I was watching a show (about Merlin and King Arthur).  One of the scenes was Merlin as a young man.  Merlin is undercover and no one knows he has magic.  Merlin was speaking an incantation, as the brave and sole Knight Lancelot, threw his lance into a magical creature to kill it.  This magical creature had already killed many people. The creature could not be brought down by physical prowess.  No weapons of physical nature touched it.  No army was capable.  The physical warfare had to be coupled with the incantation in order for Lancelot (a single person, not an army) to kill this mythical creature.  At first I was praying protection over my ears to the words and sounds -- and then SUDDENLY the Lord opened my eyes to see the spiritual parallel:

I suddenly saw on TV before me, the parallel of how our heavenly language is used as a powerful warfare weapon.  When used in the right timing, and from a sold-out heart to Jesus, many strongholds are broken and brought down. Speaking in tongues is sometimes intercession through Yeshua, and therefore brings powerful results as we speak
His commands into the realm of the darkness, and at spiritual eveil.  

We know our weapons of warfare are not carnal, but spiritual and mighty, and our heavenly language is certainly one of those mighty weapons.  It was amazing imagery on the TV screen that made it big in my mind, and I will remember it forever.

 

 

 

 If we have no anointing, we have no power, and there will be no fruit!  When there is no fruit, no one can prosper

 

from your dance.


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