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26 May '15

May 2015: Ministry Trip to Shreveport, Louisiana

Posted by Kathleen Brown


I was blessed to be able to minister in Shreveport, LA in May 2015. My Pastors Tony & Ayesha Ervin of Refuge Community Church traveled to celebrate Pastor Bennett of Liberty Church (in Shreveport, LA), who celebrated 14 years in ministry. Check out the video updates! Just in case you can't see the two above videos:

Click here for May 25, 2015

Click here for May 24, 2015

17 Feb '15

Ministry Update

Posted by Kathleen Brown


In case you can't see the video above, click here.

Blessings! The ministry has been busy! This video will give you an update as well as information about new resources that will soon be available. 

The first exciting and valuable resource that is now available is the Basic Biblical Color Guide. Click here to get your copy.

06 Jan '15

A Lesson in Praise Dance from the Piano Guys

Posted by Kathleen Brown

On New Year’s Day 2015, I was catching up on some ministry work and playing with a new wireless bluetooth speaker, which I purchased for dance ministry practice. I was listening the Piano Guys, one of my favorite groups. I decided to take a break and watch a few of their videos. I love watching the cello player, Steven Sharp Nelson. He plays the cello with such emotion and passion; he draws me into the song. As I was watching the videos, the Holy Spirit began ministering to me. I was smiling and somewhat surprised as God used Piano Guys' videos and related them to praise dance.

Watch these two videos. Focus on the cello player’s face and body movements.


After watching the cello player in both videos, the "Peponi" video really stood out to me.

The emotion in which the cello player plays his instrument draws me into the song. The way he plays the cello shows how serious he is about creating every note and making the music as clear and beautiful as possible. He is concentrating on the music while being emotionally tied to the music. Notice how his emotions change with the music. The movement of his body changes as the music level changes. Watching him makes me get into the song. I always get chills and goose bumps when I watch him play. I found myself swaying and moving with the music.

The Holy Spirit ministered and showed me that all of these observations are applicable to dance ministry. Here are some point the Lord left in my spirit:

1. The cello player maintains this emotion during the entire song, he feels the music and is married to the music. 

Lesson: Knowing the music (i.e.: every note, high points, low points, etc) "like the back of your hand" as they say, is extremely important. This helps you, the dance minister, to express every note of the music, including those subtle points of the music that nobody else may hear. Once you understand the music and know it well, you can focus on the movement and emotions. If you understand the music then the emotions and your movements will come naturally.  Dance movements should be deliberate and clearly expressed.

2. The cello player is committed to finishing the song and maintaining the various emotions throughout the song to see it through to the end. He plays the cello as if his life depends on him finishing the song; he plays with passion.

Lesson: The dance message begins with the first note of music. Once the music has begun, the dance minister must stay focused on the message he/she is trying to deliver. The must be maintained throughout the song. This will draw the audience in and they will feel the music as you do. Stay focused on the Lord, the music, and the message that you are communicating. See the song through to the end. Minister with passion; minister as if someone's salvation or understanding of God is dependent on your dance message.  Your audience we see God in your dance; this is the ultimate goal!  

3. The cello player is committed to the song; his goal is to make music until the last note of the song. However, at the same time, he is thoroughly enjoying the creating the notes of the song with his cello.

Lesson: Don’t be afraid to enjoy your ministry piece. After all, it is just you and God dancing anyway! Notice the cello's players face at 4:41 (it is a clip from the filming of the video)....that smile is pure joy.

4. The cello player's facial expressions change depending on what he is expressing musically. When watching the cello player, I get into the song when I see the joy in his face, as well as his emotions and feeling of the music.

Lesson: Facial expressions are an important part of your ministry piece. Your facial expressions should change with the music. However, facial expressions should always be genuine and in line with the song. By this I mean the following: if one is ministering a song about Jesus' death and crucifixion, you would not smile but rather your facial expression would be one of sorrow or anguish. On the other hand, if a song about God's love for us, then smiling would be appropriate. 

5. Notice how the cello player changes cellos during the song to express the music. He uses a traditional cello and an electric cello (the blue cello that is shown during the "Peponi" video).

Lesson: Worship instruments such as flags, streamers, scarves add to a ministry piece and enhance the dance message. Don't be shy about using more than one instrument, in a ministry piece, to express your dance message.

I thank God for this different perspective that he ministered to me. I pray this has been a blessing and helpful to you. Please share your thoughts by commenting below. Shalom.

15 Dec '14

Upcoming Ebook: What is a Tabret?

Posted by Kathleen Brown in laurel, tabret, timbrel

Tabrets.....most people think they are just used in Hebraic or Jewish dance. My new ebook, "What is a Tabret?" will be available in March 2015. This book will have Hebrew words for tabret, scriptural references, relevance today and much more!

Here is a scripture from the book:

Ezekiel 28:13 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of the tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.”The Lord himself created the tabret to be worshipped with.

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13 Dec '14

Calling all dance ministers...shoes or no shoes?

Posted by Kathleen Brown
Greetings and blessings everyone!! I pray that all is well with you.

For many years, I've heard different viewpoints and stances about whether or not a dance minister should wear shoes, such as ballet shoes or jazz shoes, while ministering.

One person told me that nothing dead should touch a dancers feet and since shoes are dead, a dance minister should not wear shoes. Another person stated that feet can be a distraction to men; therefore, the feet should be covered. Another person stated that ballet shoes should be worn to protect your feet. 

In my 10+ years in the ministry of dance, I've always submitted to the dance leader's instructions with regards to wearing shoes during ministry. When I danced with my church's dance ministry, we usually danced without shoes. At one point, the ministry did order and wear ballet shoes to help make our turns easier, but we only wore them twice. Later, when I joined another dance ministry, they required shoes be worn for all ministry.

Over the last four (4) years, God has moved me into solo ministry. I have been seeking God more about the ministry of dance, studying choreography more, and I have attended and graduated from ministry school. Through prayer and training, I now wear either ballet or shoes during ministry and during practices; I strong encourage other dance ministers to do the same. The main reason, first and foremost, is to protect your feet. Romans 10:15 says "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Amen! When we minister, we are preaching the gospel and bringing forth God's message using movement. We must take care of our bodies, including our feet. 

In addition, you never know where the Lord may send you to minister. You may be called to a ministry assignment and, upon arrival, the venue may change or the Spirit may move you from indoors to outdoors. For example, the dance ministry that I was part of, was called to minister at an event outdoors on concrete. At the last minute, the dance leader was led change the ministry piece to a previous dance that we had done. The dance required several turns. Since we did not minister in shoes, we were turning on bare feet on concrete. Afterwards, my feet (and most of the other dancers too) were extremely sore and the balls of my feet had skin torn off. And we had to minister the next morning during worship services.

On June 1, 2014, I was a guest minister, during a church service, at another church. I'd never been to this church before. When I arrived, I saw that the church was under renovation. All of the carpeting had been removed and the hardwood floor was exposed. More importantly, the builders had not yet removed all of the staples that were in the floor; however, the staples had been hammered flat against the floor (I hope that made sense!). My first lady expressed some concern about my safety and asked if my dance had any kneeling in it. She also made a comment about being careful of where I danced, so that I would not injure my feet. I reassured her that the choreography could be changed without any problem and any kneeling could be removed. But, more importantly, because I was wearing ballet shoes; I reassured her that my feet would be protected. This was also reassuring to me because my mind was able to remain focused on God and on the assignment that he had for me.  Praise God, ministry went forth, the congregation was blessed and my feet were just fine!!! This latest experience prompted me to write this blog.

Second, it makes your overall appearance neat and polished. Remember, you are dance minister.  According to 1 Peter 2:9, we are priests, and we need to dress as one. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called out of darkness into his marvelous light." During biblical times, people knew who the priests were by the manner in which they were dressed. Priests, who were serving in the temple, were required to remove their shoes. However, their ministry was within the temple; where nobody other than the priests were allowed. This area was sacred and holy ground. As New Testament priests, our ministry extends outside the four walls of the church. We are called to minister indoors, outdoors, at weddings, graduations, etc. Not all of the ministry assignments will occur in places like a church or, as I stated earlier, you may not know the condition of the floor at the venue.

Third, most of us ladies enjoy wearing polish on our toenails; dance shoes will prevent our feet from being a distraction by covering our lovely pedicures and preserving them (bonus!). I say this from personal experience. Some years ago, when I was a member of my church's dance ministry, we ministered "America the Beautiful" with the choir in honor of July 4th. All the dancers had small American flags in their hand and we danced with them during the song. After church, one of the choir members commented on my bright and sparkling festive July 4th manicure. I repented because I saw where my nail polish distracted from the message that we were ministering. The same can be said about a nail polish on toenails. We want those we minister before to remain focused on the Lord and the message that He wants to give them, not our beautifully manicured feet and hands. Just as a side note, when I minister, I either do not wear fingernail polish, wear clear polish, or a pale color such as pastel pink or a French manicure.

So dance ministers, let's continue to invest in the Kingdom of God! But also, let's invest in some ballet or jazz shoes to take care of the feet that will bring good news about our God! I pray this blog has been encouraging to you. God bless you!

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