Stages of Growth in Dance, Music, and Arts Ministry

Notes from teaching session led by Heather Clark

Stage 1: Beginning

  • The beginning stage is marked by excitement and enthusiasm.
  • Only faith and courage is required at this stage.
  • Getting free enough – overcoming self-consciousness and stage fright

Points of instruction needed at this stage:

  • Many churches are apprehensive or afraid when it comes to the arts.
  • Lay aside your own desires and serve the church – love and honor one another.
  • Consider the necessity of introducing the arts slowly.
  • Be cautious about inserting your own level of freedom. Prophetic and artistic people by nature want to push the boundaries.
  • If you walk in maturity, your pastor will be able to trust you and ultimately give you more freedom.

Stage 2: Growth

  • A holy dissatisfaction develops.
  • You begin to feel like you are bumping into the walls of a box. Beware of expecting someone to come and let you out of it.

Instruction needed at this stage:

  • Stay humble – realize you still have room to improve
  • You don’t have to be the best or published or professional, but you should try to improve your skills if you feel called in that area.
  • Professional training (lessons) in your area – dance, painting, voice lessons, guitar lessons, etc. Note: The only available training may be secular.
  • Do not get discouraged if progress seems slow. Watch for small breakthroughs.

Stage 3: Advancement

  • Producing art for the kingdom.
  • People see your painting, watch you dance, or listen to your music, and get healed or set free.

Instruction needed at this stage:

  • Initially the sword is so heavy it is in control of you.
  • Eventually you are in control of it and you wield it with authority.

Stage 4: Ruling and Reigning

  • A new renaissance is coming – one where Christian artists once again set the stage.
  • Christians are currently steps behind the world.

Each stage is valid.
Someone in stage one may be more faithful than someone in another stage.

Stay faithful to your calling.

Comments are welcomed and appreciated.

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