How to conduct a praise dance rehearsal?
Conducting a praise dance rehearsal takes effort and wisdom. In this post I am going to give practical advice first for the new ministry, and then in Part 2 I will give advice for the already existing, but struggling dance ministry.
As a new ministry, what you as a leader establishes on the first day will be the spirit, expectation and demonstration of all ministry leaders/members/parents of how the ministry will function every time you meet. For instance, if you begin in chaos and confusion, then your rehearsals may continue this way at every meeting. God will not be glorified, but the flesh will be exalted every time.
Laying the foundation
Your first meeting is one of the most important phases of the ministry. Before you conduct your first meeting it is to your benefit to study biblical foundations. What I mean by this is – study when and how God established something in the bible (in the lives of whom He used and when he did a “new thing” in the earth). Take note of what is common with them all. Also when God established something or someone in the bible He made His instructions clear and He did not make allowances nor did He give pardon for disobedience and rebellion; “For these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1Cor. 10:11) God always sets His foundations like a boss (because He is – Ps. 24:1) and you should too! Those who disobeyed at the establishment of a “new thing” faced the righteous judgment of God (Gen. 19:26 and Lev. 10:1-7 for example).
It starts with you!
- Pray! Start every rehearsal with prayer. You must be a person of prayer and you must demonstrate that to your team. You should be the first one at the rehearsal location and you should be praying! Set the atmosphere with prayer. This speaks of the seriousness of the ministry and it will subject all spirits to the Spirit of God. A reverence of God will take hold on your team as they enter and they will have no choice but to bow down to God! Prayer is the eliminator; it will eliminate all foolishness and all that is unnecessary and carnal. As you pray be aware of what is going on around you. As you see people coming in, still continue to pray and invite them into the prayer. Teach them to pray! Saturate that place with prayer and praise!
“Father we thank you today, we love you and adore you. You are our guide and our help. We can’t do nothing without you. This ministry is yours. These people are yours. Those who we minister to are yours. Have your way. Teach us and guide us on what you want us to do. Thank you for every soul here today. Bless them God. Fill their hearts and minds with good things – things lovely, pure, honest and true. God we love you. In you we move our feet. In you we dance our dance. In you we have our being. We give you the praise, even in this rehearsal. This rehearsal is a spiritual assignment and we are serious to do your work. We will glorify you in this rehearsal. Deliver in this rehearsal Lord God! Break every yoke of bondage that is lurking. Reveal it God! So by your power and Spirit it will be cast out in the name of Jesus…”
You can go on and on until it is time to start. Always be mindful of where the people are in the rehearsal area. Make it a habit not to pray with your eyes closed. Remember this is a corporate prayer. Not your personal prayer time. There is a different posture and outlook you must have when praying corporately. You are literally watching as you pray. As you pray you can also give instruction. Acknowledge people as you pray. Even after the instruction and acknowledgement continue to pray.
“I see you ____________ coming in. I bless God for you! Lift up your voice in prayer to God as we all worship Him in beauty and in holiness. Father we thank you. Beside you there is no other God. We will obey your word to pray without ceasing. Father we will be vigilant to stay in the posture of prayer; even when we are not audibly praying. We will keep our minds stayed on you. We will be unified in this wonderful work you called us to. Father we are grateful…..”
Walk around the room. Clap and praise God. Invoke freedom in that place. Let the Spirit of God reign, rule and abide. For where the Spirit is there is liberty (2Cor. 3:17). When it is time to start motion them and instruct them (for some may have their eyes closed, kneeling and so forth) to join hands in prayer. Joining hands represents unity. Practice all things in unity. We must be of the same mind and on one accord (Phil. 2:1-3; Ps.133:1; Eph. 4:3). Also let your leaders pray! Communicate this to them. Have a signal or code that you all pre-established so they can know when to take over. When the team members see other leaders pray as well, then they will have respect for them and listen to them when you are not there. Train your leadership team!
You must have an agenda
- Come prepared. Your team expects this from you! Establish this virtue on day one and it will build to be a consistent pattern for you. Your team members are looking for 4 things from you as you lead and they are:
Your preparedness accomplishes them all and it teaches structure. Your rehearsals must have structure. Have a vision. Vision gives the team purpose and direction. In your orientation packet or guidelines you should have stipulated how rehearsals were going to usually be conducted if not overtaken by the Holy Ghost. For example:
10:00 – 10:45am Prayer and Bible Study
10:45 – 11:00 Prayer Warm Up – (stretching)
11:00 – 12:00pm Dance Instruction
12:00 – 12:15 Prayer Cool Down
- Prayer and bible study are important. Don’t skip them. Remember this: dance ministry is Word based. In order to dance the Word or God you must know the Word.
- Warm up your body to prevent injury. God gives wisdom in all things, even for the care of our bodies. Warming up prepares the body for the work it is about to do.
- Come prepared with choreography! Rehearsal is not the time to try to make up something. Be good stewards of time by not wasting it. However, if your ministry is set up for all to participate in choreography it is to everyone’s benefit that everyone already knows the song, intended message and that they had time before rehearsal to pray and seek God about how to demonstrate His Word.
- Cool down at the end. This helps your body return to normal and improves flexibility. Study the benefits of preparing your body before and after dance.
Tailor your rehearsals to fit your team especially if children are involved. Factor in breaks for restroom and water (especially for children). The above is just a basic outline. The important thing concerning your rehearsal is that you maintain consistency and order. God is a consistent God and we should be consistent people (Malachi 3:6; Num. 23:19; Ps. 89:34; 1Cor. 14:40).
After your prayer cool down, this may be a good time to answer questions, concerns, give them information and take prayer requests. During this time it is also important to maintain an atmosphere of prayer. Don’t break that! Even during instruction keep that sweet prayerful spirit ongoing.It is so easy to let frustration, competition, discouragement, pride and every evil work get the best of us. Having a prayerful mindset combats that.
Address all that you need to before you pray out. They should also know when the next rehearsal is scheduled. Be consistent in rehearsal days and times if you can. If you can’t then everyone should always be in the loop and an integral part of deciding when it is best for the team and when everyone is free to rehearse.
God bless you!
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