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10 Things Every Dance Ministry Leader Should Know

My husband plays the keyboard and sings for the children's church ministry at his uncle's church in Detroit. He also helps with the older adult choir on specific Sundays.

My husband's uncle asked him, urgently, if he would help them learn more about praise and worship. He agreed and I must say things are really looking different in this church. The church that I am speaking of shall remain nameless. However, it is known for not allowing certain things to happen within the church especially praise dance.

I told my husband to be on the look out for praise dancing because once people learn more about praise and worship, then they will be more open to this ministry.

I was right! It's been about six weeks since the praise dance team ministered for the first time.

I know the new dance leader is excited. It is a privilege to lead a group of people who are excited about dance.

If I had an opportunity to tell the new leader anything about her new role I would give her the follo…

Honorariums for Liturgical Dancers?

Matthew 10:7-9

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give."Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,…

An honorarium is a payment for services rendered that are usually on a volunteer basis. This includes guest speakers at a conference, pastors, or evangelists that speak at a church other than their ministries. More and more this is becoming the norm of the church. Anyone working in ministry are feeling entitled to payments for using their talents in music and in liturgical dance. Maybe they heard of others receiving payments for dance ministry and wanted to receive the same thing.

I once read something online that troubled me about honorariums for liturgical dancers. A fellow dancer indicated that they will not dance anywhere else unless payment is rendered. This was under the direction of their pastor. The troublin…

The Original Purpose of Liturgical Dance

John 12:32
"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Myself."

It has been said that all of the mess that we encounter in dance ministry has long been associated with the choir and music ministry. Pride, arrogance, and haughtiness have crept into what was meant to be praise and worship. Many times liturgical  dancers can be tempted to posses these negative qualities that should not be named among the people of God.

Some dance ministries have encountered a dancer or dancers that may have more dance training, and feel that he or she should have all of the solos. Another dancer could feel that since they were in the ministry longer that they should be over the dance ministry. These are examples of the displeasing things that go on in dance ministry. God is not pleased with fighting amongst His people and fighting with eachother in ministry.

The original purpose of dance ministry is to celebrate or rejoice in the Lord. It is a part of the expression of pra…

Davidic Worship

Psalms 100:4 (NIV)

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and bless His name."

The order for Davidic worship has been set by King David through revelation knowledge. As we come before the Heavenly Father we give Him thanks for what He has done in our lives. Then we go before His outer courts with praise, and on to worshiping at His throne.

As liturgical dancers begin to restore the tabernacle of David within us first, then within our local church assemblies; restassured the presence of God will rest upon the music ministry, the praise dancers, and the church. If the music ministry in your church has knowlege of the proper order for Davidic worship then the praise dancers will follow.

Liturgical dancers have an important role in restoring the tabernacle of David and following the proper order of praise and worship. Dances of praise flowing from the praise dancers while the thanksgiving and praise portion of the service is going…

What happens when you praise dance

A Spiritual Look into Praise Dance from a Prophet's Point of View 
As a Pastor and praise dance instructor, I emphasize spiritual excellence before dance excellence. Being spiritually sound is essential to any area of ministry. Being able to function in ministry by the flow of the Holy Spirit will assist you in ministering beyond your God given ability. That is why it is so important to be living sacrifices, to be holy, to fast and pray, and know the Word.

Every church or ministry leader does not recognize dance an important tool in praise and worship. Some believe that dance should only be limited to "shouting" or swaying and clapping during the musical portion of the service. Dance serves a purpose in ministry. It brings celebration. It helps people worship expressively.

In the church, we hear the word "atmosphere" a lot, especially in churches where prophetic ministry is going forth. When preachers use this term it is used to describe an environment whe…

Why I Dance Prophetically When Ministering in Dance as a Solo

Whenever I am called to dance, I usually dance alone. It's just me and the Lord. Certainly, if I had it my way I would bring an arsenal of dancers to an invitation to minister in dance. But, for now this is the way that it is.

My journey into liturgical dance began with me as a young teenager dancing with the a dance ministry in  a local church in Detroit, MI. I branched off into ministry alone under the direction my mentor. I would dance while she sing. This went on for years. During this season in my life, I always carefully planned or choreographed my steps. It wasn't until the last 2 years in dance ministry that I decided to dance under the leading of the Holy Spirit in prophetic dance.

Reasons why I Prophetically Dance
I was unknowingly an expectant mother the last time I danced prophetically before a congregation. I rehearsed a few steps and familiarized myself with the music, but I kept feeling that I needed to just let Him have his way. During the time of ministry…