Angela Anderson, Ministry Leader
Psalms 150:1-6 Praise Ye the Lord, Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals; praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise yea the Lord.
The Lord has provided the Body of Christ with a multiplicity of avenues through which all individuals are able to express themselves in worship and praise. Further, He has instructed us in His word to utilize these avenues in a spirit of excellence to release praise in our services as well as in private worship. One such avenue is through the dance. For that reason, AWIM's Dance Ministry has been raised up, for just such a time as this, to provide an avenue for gifted individuals to minister unto the Lord in our services. The purpose of the dance is to affect the atmosphere in such a way as to usher in the Presence of God in the sanctuary. In order to do this, each vessel must offer up the 'sacrifice of praise', and totally surrender himself/herself to be a vessel of honor, fit to be used by the Holy Spirit.
The object of the Dance Ministry is to render worship unto the Lord, with total abandonment of the flesh and total surrender to the Holy Spirit. In so doing, the Holy Spirit is able to minister through each vessel, and the people of God are touched in such a way as to usher them into God's presence, a place in which He is personally present to meet their need(s).
The ministry leaders teach the participants that this work is not for an outward show to bring attention to ones-self, for it is not about self; rather it is "holy unto the Lord". Requirements for participation is a) living a saved life, b) manifesting obedience to the Lord, as evidenced in the way they carry themselves in order to influence others to love Him and live for Him. Teachings include: 1-the importance of the dance in our services, 2-flowing in the Spirit, 3-use of dance (according to the scriptures), including the affect that dancing in this manner had on the people of God, as they surrendered to Him in this form of worship.