how to praise dance in the church...
AND YOU DON'T DANCE ?
About 5 years ago, we had just left a big church that the kids had basically spent their life in up to that point. Spiritually, they were disconnecting from everything, "church" and "God", so we had to do something.
We left and found a small church that seemed to fit. It went through some changes while we were there like starting out as a small church in its own building to merging with another church. A year later the two churches split and it finally ended up as a church meeting in a hotel meeting room looking for a more permanent building.
As it went through its changes and variations we ended up at one point with a teen led dance group. They did a lot of really good dances but the work to get a dance ready for every Sunday was grueling. By the time we got to that last transformation of the church, the dance team was defunct as it's teen leader and their family were no longer there.
When the Lord led us to another church, my daughters were immediately able to stand confidently in front of a new audience and dance for the glory of God with no fear. My son blossomed in his dubstep style of dancing and found a new confidence.
And, I...... well, I grew.
You see, I had to come out of MY OWN shell to get these kids out of theirs. I had to be willing to make a fool of myself in front of them and show them that it was alright. I had to show them that praise dance is not about perfect bodies dancing choreography in perfection. It's about dancing to the best of your ability for the glory of God.