The Ministry of Movement
If anyone knows the author of this powerful quotation, please let me know so that proper credit can be given. Words and movement are used to communicate thoughts, feelings and actions to others. Even before we learned to talk, we moved, threw objects or used facial expressions or gestures that others responded to. The God-inspired blending of words and movement has the ability to transcend the intellect and go directly to the heart of a captive audience. Movement ministers have the unique ability to speak volumes without a word, telling a story that will be remembered long after the music stops. Dance ministry is a visual representation of God’s Word and the message being communicated should have an exact beginning, middle, and ending.
Movement does not have to be set to every word of a song; it is possible to interpret one sentence of a song in 5 inspired movements. The use of sign language and gestures can also be added to express the message. Understanding stage directions such as upstage, downstage, stage right, stage left, and center stage help in making the most of available space.
As movement ministers proclaiming the Good News, remembering that our messages should be so clear that they can be received even if the music is turned off will always create a clear visual expression that will leave a lasting impression on the audience.