Start a praise dance ministry when the Holy Spirit tells you to and bring inspiration, creativity and freedom to the church to which you belong. Speak with the leadership at your church about your vision and show them examples of other ministries and the outcome of adding dance. Gather committed individuals with anointing and a basic ability to move. Hold prophetic and praise dance lessons for free to get more people involved and grow your ministry team.
Starting a Praise Dance Ministry
Pray first about the timing and details of starting the ministry before doing anything else. Many ideas birthed of the Holy Spirit require you to press in for more information. Pray about when to start it and if it should be a private endeavor before taking it to the church stage. Pray about who to approach first and ask for open hearts and minds. This is especially important regardless of the creativity and love of the arts present in your church. Get direction on who to talk to and save yourself time and heartache.
Approach church leadership about incorporating praise dancers into either a specific service each week or allowing dancers to be backstage during worship at any service and come out as the Spirit guides. If dance is not a normal expression at your church, prepare verses from the Bible that show dance as a normal expression of praise and worship. Try Psalm 149:3, Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 and 1 Samuel 18:6-7 for starters. Show videos or read testimonies of other ministries' success of adding dance to corporate meetings and the outcome.
Once approved, plan for and announce a dance class to see who is interested in being a part of the ministry. Rather than just teaching how to dance, teach the dancers how to listen to the Holy Spirit and move as he instructs. Ask the most anointed dancers, regardless of technique or style, to be a part of the dance team. Keep holding classes for those interested and on the dance ministry team to encourage the art to flourish.
- Come to service ready to dance, even if it's not part of the plan for that particular service. Dance in the back to avoid becoming a distraction. Dance releases freedom and breakthrough in the air. Part of having a dance ministry is being obedient to the Holy Spirit and dancing when you feel the prompting. Encourage other dancers to do the same. Be ready to get on stage or come to the front, if asked.
- Honor your leadership. If there is no dancing allowed in your church, honor the leaders' decision and dance at your home for the Lord until something shifts in the church itself.