What follows is an example Praise dance Mission Statement used for one of the teams we developed several years ago called, “Expressons”
“Our vision for the dance is to creatively express God’s Word through movement.”
1Cor. 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
The nation of Israel held many feasts throughout the year, and at some of these dancers would dance and minister (rejoicing in what God had done and what He was going to do. In Jeremiah 31 verses 3-4 the scriptures talk about rebuilding and going forth in the dances of those who rejoice. These were holy times, times of jubilation, and times of revelation. As we minister to God, and He through us to others, we must sanctify the temple of our body for His pleasure.
These are the basic criteria that would be expected of dance participants in Christian Outreach Centre House of Prayer:
- Dress (clothed) modestly, at pastors discretion.
- No chewing gum or eating while ministering.
- Submissive to appointed leadership.
For core team members the requirements would also include:
- A life of holiness, a deliberate setting apart for God. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)1a. Devotion to His Word, as you will be ministering His Word through your body.1b. Regular prayer life, for where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, and we must minister not only ‘the letter of the Word’ but the Spirit of the Word.
Let us therefore glorify God with our bodies, that we would usher in His Presence.
(1 Kings 8:10-11)
One of the the first praise and worship dance teams we ever developed was simply called “expressions”. The full ministry title was “Expressions from the Heart of God”. And this perfectly describes where real anointed expressions of worship dance flow from – the heart of our Father in Heaven.
The key to really seeing the anointing go to work in worship dance ministry is in learning to flow with the Holy Spirit and follow His promptings. He is the organiser of the Church as a whole, orchestrating the vast array of ministry that flows from the Body of Christ around the globe. In the same way, He is the choreographer of our movement in worship. We offer Him our gifts, skill and talent, and allow Him to harness it for the glory of God.
Expressions of worship dance, just like any ministry in the Body of Christ, can take many and varied forms. We spoke already about the flow of the anointing. The Bible speaks of these anointing as as being like many rivers flowing from the same source. In tis respect, one could have anointed hip-hop alongside the most delicate liturgical expression of worship, and both would be equally valid and anointed in the right context, and as directed by the precious Holy Spirit.
The key principle is the altar upon which any worship dance talent is placed. Is your talent on the altar of performance and personal aggrandisement? If so, best go somewhere else to display your talents! All of our worship dance expressions must be laid on the altar, lifting not our own name but His!
Expressions of worship dance can be lyrical, liturgical, contemporary, messianic, dramatic or traditional. The variations of expression as as many faceted as our Lord Himself, because they flow creatively from His heart.
We believe that there are expressions of worship dance yet to be released, and that these expressions will gloriously carry the power and the anointing f the One from whom they proceed – Jesus Christ, the Lord made flesh. He will be and is embodied in our moves, and prophetic strength is delivered on the wings of our sanctified expressions of worship.
May God, from whom all creativity flows, place His hand upon each and every creative ministry and minister on the earth. May His Kingdom be brought to this earth, and heavenly realities be realised as we move and express our worship dance toward His throne! Amen and amen.
Developing a mission stament for your praise dance ministry can be a key to focussing your realising your goals as a praise dance group. Mission statements by nature force us to evaluate the purpose and direction of our ministry, and provide a compass point for all that we do thereafter.
The content and emphasis of your praise dance ministry mission statement will differ according to the specific calling of God for your ministry team. Are you called to release dance in the church as an expression of praise and worship? To raise up creative teams to encourage the church and reach he lost? Maybe your praise dance ministry is focussed on working with youth or children, as ours was in the early days of our ministry of movement.
Consider want God has spoken to you, and the focus of your ministry. Where are you experiencing fruitfulness in what you are doing? What has God specifically spoken to you concerning your praise dance ministry?
Have you discussed with your pastoral oversight, and are you working together with the, in agreement? Working in unity with our fellow ministers and the pastors that God has joined us together with can really help is to clarify the mission we are called to accomplish in praise dance, and to discover pathways for that mission to be accomplished within the present structures of our churches. Always remember, we are team players, with a Kingdom focussed heart that sees the big picture, not just ministry focussed.
For us, we have found that the praise dance ministry mission statements that we have developed also have to be flexible, and adaptable to the season of ministry we are presently working in. There are Kairos times, times ordained by God as Now seasons – we need to be open to flow with Him in this.
As I mentioned earlier, our praise dance ministry in church began working with children, ages 5-9. We called it simply Kids Creative Arts, and covers all kinds of creative expression with them in a ministry context. The praise dance ministry mission statement for this was different to what followed.
God then called us to lead a creative arts team, focussed on evangelism. This Anointed Arts department in the church was aimed at developing creative outreach expressions in concerts, street work and other creative events.
Following this we planted new churches in different towns, pastoring and pioneering several congregations. Much of our creative ministry here ran on parallel tracks – encouraging creativity in our people, and developing creative mission teams which we would take to different nations to preach the gospel. Our creativity here was stretched because we needed on mission to bridge language gaps. Of course, visual and dance oriented ministry was perfectly fitted for such trips.
Our focus creatively in dance has now shifted to training and raising up new dancers and encouraging dance ministers in their calling. We also minister at Christian conferences and events, bringing the prophetic anointing that dance can carry – working together with the worship team and other ministers to release the fullness of God’s glorious Kingdom in he midst of His people.
Each of these streams have their own praise Dance ministry mission statement that could be developed. If you are cloudy about the focus of your praise dance ministry, and need to clarify the calling and emphasis of that which you are doing, maybe taking time to prayerfully craft a praise dance ministry mission statement is one of the steps you can take.