Help! I God has called me to Dance Ministry, but I am not trained in the dance…what am I supposed to do?
I get this question a lot and of course I always answer back in the comment section. However this time I think it is necessary to post my answer in a blog post so that many with the same question can be encouraged by it.
My answer to the sister with the same question:
“You remind me so much of myself. You are in a wonderful position where you have no choice but to depend on the Lord. You will be a great witness for God testifying about the vanity and futility of talent and ability concerning the things of God. God’s kingdom is designed differently from the kingdom of this world because the world – how it operates and what it values – is the very antithesis of the wisdom of God. God is in the business of choosing the foolish things, the weak things, the base things, and things which are despised to confound the wise and bring them all to nothing. His purpose in doing so is that none of us can glory in His presence and think that it was our wonderful talent and ability that wrought such a great work of God (1Cor. 1:20-29). With that said, I am not extenuating the importance of practice, learning new dance vocabulary, talent, ability, or doing all that we can within our ability to perfect that which God has assigned us to; they all have their place and serve a purpose according to the will of God. There are many who are trained in different types dance forms, but just because a person is trained according to the dance forms of this world does not mean that God has called them to Dance Ministry.
If God has called you to this ministry He will equip you. You did not just stumble upon this site. God has me here to help you, teach you and confirm what He has already taught you in order to strengthen you and encourage you. We are here to build each other up.
My advice to you starting out is to daily, in the privacy of your home, worship God in dance during your prayer time. Just begin to move your arms and get to know your own range of motion. Do it standing still, just move your arms and bow and add on to it. Don’t worry about how it looks or if you’re doing it right. There is no right or wrong way. We put those stipulations on our dance and the dance of others because we want it to look like what they do in the secular world because that is what is and has been accepted. One of the greatest mistakes we can make is to think that “real or true dance” is in the form of ballet, modern, jazz or other dance forms that originated in the world. Can we praise God in these forms of dance? Yes we can if and only if we know how to execute those dance forms properly. If not, it will look silly and amateurish. It will turn people off and they will not receive the ministry of dance and God won’t get the glory because we have subjected ourselves to perpetrate a fraud in trying to give God and His people something we do not possess. My sister, let God give you His movements because it is only what He gives you that will please Him and bless His people.”
Sonia Kong, PDCM