Hello everyone. So very excited to announce the upcoming online course for writing and directing your own gospel stage play! Do you have inspiration to direct a gospel stage play? Do you have a vision or see the images, yet cannot seem to get it all on paper? I can help you with this! The course will show you how to use the inspiration inside of you to write your own play and how to know the dynamics for directing it at your local church or in your community! Stay tuned for more details.
Minister Denise Cook Godfrey
Never leave the Holy Spirit out when selecting a song for ministry in dance. Don’t do it. I tell you, I have been serving in the praise and worship dance ministry for some ten years now and it never ceases to amaze me how I can even get “tripped” up into thinking “I got this”. Holy Spirit knows who is going to be at the service or event, He knows what each person is currently or has already been through, He Knows the will of the Father! In John 16:13, Jesus puts it this way when He spoke of the Holy Spirit who would come to dwell within the Christian believer’s heart: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come“. So there you have it, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth even when it comes to what song to minister in dance or what doors to go in. You would be surprised at the times when we pick and choose what we want to minister or where we want to go, and it may appear that we are effective above the surface, but underneath, we will lack the effect that the Lord has in mind. Only when we totally surrender our wills to His, will we serve with a purpose and get the results that the Holy Spirit desires to bring forth. I have experienced this first hand. Once I remember ministering at our local church and as soon as the music started playing and I started to move, I felt an impression in my “gut” that the song was not the right song for that service at that time. The song was an anointed, Christ-centered piece but it was ministered out of season. I could not wait until that dance was over. I felt a weight of burden on my heart and I did have to end up repenting. Even though a few people approached me at the end and stated that they really enjoyed the dance, I knew deep within that I did not consult the Holy Spirit.
Always stand in His council before ministering, even if someone else has asked you to do a specific number. Let Him (Holy Spirit) guide you into all truth concerning what the Father wants you to do, and you will see results.
Well hello my fellow praise and worship dancers. I love to encourage praise dance ministries. Sometimes I get so full when I think of the goodness of God and how He places creativity down on the inside of us, I get too excited and just want to write! Below are a few of my favorite tips. You may already be fully aware, but it never hurts to be refreshed and reminded. Just writing these tips again has helped to rejuvenate my spirit and frame of mind. If you enjoy these tips and are helped by them, why not become a follower of this blog and also check out the book: “So You Say You Can Praise Dance….Now What?” (get it at amazon.com/author/denisecookgodfrey) It not only helps those who are new to praise dance ministry, but it is filled with biblical foundations for answering criticisms and it gives the praise dancer a firm foundation from a biblical point of view. Enjoy the tips.
Praise dancers: when was the last time you danced for an audience of “ONE”? Dance for Him first and He will anoint you to minister through your dances, mimes, and interpretive expressions.
When His anointing rests upon your movements, it really does not matter how skilled you are or how many hours you put into practice. This does not mean that we do not prepare and continue to train and learn, it just means that the anointing makes the difference.
Praise dancers: sometimes the most popular song is not for your season. Always seek the Holy Spirit’s advice when selecting a song to minister in dance. You will be surprised sometimes at what He will direct you to do. Be open. Be sensitive to HIS voice.
Are you called to use the art of dance as a means of worshipping God? What about using dance technique as a tool to minister to the Body of Christ? How do you know that you have been appointed by God to dance?
This is how you know that you are called to the worship dance ministry: God places a strong desire within you that does not go away. Even though the desire is there, there is still an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy that comes along with it. The whole idea seems to interrupt the “norm” of your entire life, or so you think. IF THIS DESCRIBES YOU, then the book, “So You Say You Can Praise Dance….Now What” is a must for your library. Go to amazon.com/author/denisecookgodfrey for more details on this very informative book.
Prase and worship dance is an excellent tool to use to bring forth worship to our Lord and King. It is also a great way to demonstrate the gospel message. The physical movement on the outside actually demonstrates what is going on inside the heart of the worship dancer. Remember, check out the book described above. You will be very glad that you did!