I am constantly amazed by how the Lord continues to manifest HIS splendid presence at the Equipping the Saints conference in St. Louis, MO. Worshippers came together from across the rivers and across the ocean with one purpose: To lift up the name of Jesus!
As we praised and worshipped on one accord, He manifested HIS presence in such a tangible way. There were testimonies of physical healings, deliverance and revival.
This year, we welcomed International guests from Bahamas, Barbados, Antigua, and Bermuda! It was a special pleasure to fellowship with you all. I count it an honor that you would travel to the United States to attend Equipping the Saints. It is my prayer the conference exceeded your expectations and you left spiritually full, armed and equipped. Ready to take new knowledge and inject it into your respective community.
Enter into HIS gates with thanksgiving and into HIS courts with PRAISE!
Wings of Praise started us off Thursday with a wonderful procession. This was followed by congregational praise & worship led by Minister Rekesha Pittman. Kudos to all the congregational dancers that volunteered!
Silent Praise from Omaha, NE ministered Praise Him in Advance by Marvin Sapp. This ministries testimony truly blessed me! (Read it in full below!) Since the conference, they have started a praise dance, mime, African, and flag ministry. They are truly doing the work of the ministry. To Dr. Anderson and the rest of the Allen AME leadership….keep up the GOD work! I see the Lord all over those youth and the best is yet to come!
Patricia Burnett you touched my son’s chest during your prophetic dance and he has been seeking the Lord every since. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you in such a might way!!
- Miriam A. , St. Louis, MO
Ms. Lauren Brown ushered us into the Holy of Holies with an anointed worship medley. This P.K. (that is "preacher’s kid) is the daughter of our evening speaker Pastor Tanya Brown. At 14 she is letter the Lord use her mightily through song, prophecy and the preached word!
Our speaker, Pastor Tanya Brown from Bethesda Temple of Alton, IL stepped into an atmosphere that was charged for worship. As she shared her testimony of the Lord’s grace, mercy and miraculous power the Spirit of the Lord began to fall and His people. To God be ALL the Glory!
Friday – Breakout Sessions & Dance Intensives
This year we introduced several new sessions and a 4-hour dance & mime intensive. Some of the new classes include Preparing to Meet the Bridegroom, Understanding the Times: Issachar & Israel, Raquad! Step it Up, Processions & Pageantry, Streamers in the Desert and About My Father’s Business.
The facilitators were all phenomenal! They eagerly shared scripturally sound advice, revelations and knowledge. Thank you all for sharing your gifts.
The dance intensive we just that….INTENSE! Those that braved the 4-hour workshop learned foundational techniques that they could apply in movement. I peeked in both classes and they covered conditioning, positioning, posture, walking, body alignment, choreography and so much more. Everyone definitely looked as if they received a full body workout!
For His Glory Dance Ministry started our evening service with Anthem of Praise. These girls ministered with flags under the anointing.
The few students from the Mime Intensive session along with facilitator Minister Robert Hayes reminded us that We Need the Glory. Their cry for the GLORY to fall resonated with the attendees as we shifted into worship.
Pat & Gary Anderson of Wings of Praise blessed us with Let the Veil Down Let the Praise Go Up by Judy Jacobs. They used the billows in such a way it felt like the Lord was breathing on us!
Minister Rekesha Pittman encouraged us to FLY! The Lord used her to minister to people prophetically and set the platform for our evening speaker Prophet Barbara McClain to bring the Word!
Saturday- Breakout Sessions, Five Fold Ministry Panel & Prophetic Wedding Feast
I was overwhelmed with the number of people that showed up for Between the Porch & Altar intercessory prayer! Under the leadership of Dr. Ann Higgins we strategically prayed for our nation, Jerusalem, our visiting nations, and dancers everywhere to name a few.
We continued with our daily breakout sessions including new sessions: God’s Order for Garments TM, Streamers in the Desert and Challenges in Ministry (taught by my pastor!).
After the last breakout session, we held a 5 Fold Ministry Panel Discussion. This was an opportunity for the attendees to ask their questions directly from those operating is various areas of ministry. There were some great questions…I’ll post the Q&A that I can remember on the website, so be sure to bookmark this site and check back!
Dr. Ann Higgins blessed us with a ministry selection in the evening before our speaker. The selection was so appropriate for Equipping the Saints – fill us up & send us out!
Elder Cecilia Beasley was our evening preacher. The Lord allowed her to release a prophetic song…only 7 words, but it is still in my spirit: Thy Kingdom Come…Thy Will be Done. It still brings tears to my eyes every time I think of it!
Immediately following her sermon was the Prophetic Wedding Feast. Wings of Praise created a beautiful depiction of the Marriage of the Lamb. There were streets paved with gold, beautiful banners, and communion. It was such a personal worship experience as we were individually escorted through a canopy to ascend the the wedding feast. It was an awesome reminder of the glory that awaits those of us whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life!
Sunday – Morning Worship & Fellowship!
On Sunday we caravaned across the river to my church home, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly, for our 8:00 am service. Dr. Ann Higgins preached a RHEMA WORD! She encouraged us to step into position so we could continue to see Jesus.
After service, we traveled to one of my favorite restaurants (Bristol’s Seafood Grill) for an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch. We ate, laughed, and recapped all the events that took place…officially marking the end of EQS2009.
Special Thank You!
Equipping the Saints 2010!
Many of you have contacted me about pre-registering for Equipping the Saints 2010. Once all the information is finalized early registration will open. I hope to have the dates and location confirmed and available by the next newsletter release.
Heads up! There will be an "Early Registration" challenge. All I’ll say now is community effort will be necessary for it to work.
I has been my honor to serve as your conference host for a 3rd year and I am looking forward to the 4th should be Lord delay His return.
Dance Ministry Detox was a time of healing and deliverance. The conference was ran with such a spirit of excellence. The information was timely, relevant, and practical.
Being an effective movement minister means being whole. Too often, we are satisfied with effective dancers. Dancers ministering through hurt, unresolved issues, and financial turmoil to name a few. D.Md dealt with these issues head on! The no-nonsense candid approach of the facilitators set the tone for the "detox treatment program".
When you arrived at D.Md, you did not register…you "checked-in" to a treatment facility complete with a hospital tag that served as your registration badge for the weekend. The room was draped white just like a hospital. This was NOT your typical dance conference!
On the first night, we wore all black. Minister Rekesha preached on the Spirit of Haman. She broke down this spirit verse by verse so we can identify it as it tries to creep into our ministries. The next time you read Esther….take a close look at Haman. Many of us prophesy the favor of Esther…well watch out…because when you get Esther, you get Haman too!
It was refreshing to be surrounded by facilitators who were transparent and approachable. Even the facilitators left refreshed.
As we continued our detox treatment, you could hear shackles being loosed. The garment of praise was replacing the spirit of heaviness.
The manifestation of HIS glory on the last night left everyone speechless! For well over 15 minutes everyone sat still, completely silent in HIS presence. The Lord himself applauded with 3 claps of thunder followed by rain!
The Lord used Rain Rein Reign Ministries (RRR) to bring rain to the desert! A natural manifestation of what was taking place in the spirit realm!
Tremendous Kudos to Rekesha Pittman for hosting an outstanding conference and the ladies of Reign Dance Company blessed us tremendously through their ministry in dance and labor of love. For future RRR events check out http://www.rainreinreign.com or http://companykeepers.
I am still in awe of the GREAT things that took place at the Dance for JOY workshop! JOYED UP! Youth praise dance ministry really took ownership of their event from beginning to end. They picked the movement disciplines, the menu (pizza of course), and ministered through teaching and dance.
The day started with their class "Dance for JOY" in which they spoke about why they choose to minister in dance, Bible verses supporting dance, and perhaps their favorite topic – Ministry vs. Entertainment, where they compared and contrasted ministry with entertainers their peers are familiar with (America’s Best Dance Crew, Hannah Montana, and Cheetah Girls to name a few).
At an age where peer approval is priority, I commend them for standing in front of a group of their peers and teaching a foundational truth of ministry. The revelations God downloaded into these teens, pre-teens (and pre-pre-teens!) was direct from His mouth to theirs. Nuggets such as:
"When we minister we are not concern with making people happy – we want to make God happy"
"Ministry is letting God take control and move through you and with entertainment you stay in control"
"With entertainment you get the glory and with ministry God gets the glory"
The breakout sessions were full of energy as the youth learned a variety of movement disciplines such as Step, Mime, African, and Praise. There were classes for the Parents / Leaders as well such as: Pulling the Gifts out of your youth, Starting & Maintaining a Dance Ministry and the "Un-Blushable" Generation.
The energy poured into the afternoon service as we all came together to lift up the name of Jesus. JOYED UP ministered an Israel Medley with the help of some of the workshop dancers!
Sidebar: Let’s not underestimate our youth! These kids learned choreography for a 12 minute song in less than an hour!!!
We witnessed the Spirit of the Lord fall upon one of our youngest members as she Danced before the Lord and led us to a higher place of worship! And a child shall lead them!
Each ministry (all youth) came to give God glory! Our speaker, Tearra Vaughn blessed us with praise dance too ~ GLORY! She spoke directly to the youth to meet them where they are. She was engaging an kept their attention…not always an easy task!
At the end of the day the altar was filled with youth that desired to walk closer with Jesus – to God be ALL the GLORY!
On behalf of JOYED UP! I would like to thank every participant & attendee for your loving support.
To JOYED UP (and their parents!) ~ I am honored to serve as your dance ministry president. I love you all very much!
View JOYED UP! Ministering at the Workshop
Dancing for JOY!
In February I had the distinct pleasure of finally meeting fellow co-laborer in the Lord, Evangelist Tracy Gibson and Deacon Sherry Wilson! I have exchanged emails with Evangelist Gibson for a couple years but our paths never crossed until this year.
HIS GLORY was truly revealed at the seminar and evening service. It was an honor to be among to dance ministers in the opening procession. As the sword, the banners, and the crown went forth there was a "holy stillness" that fell in the room.
The atmosphere was saturated with praise as we proclaimed HIM as ONE GOD! The praise team, musicians, and all dance ministers made HIM the priority of the evening.
As we praised and worshipped, the spirit of prophecy fell and the leaders began to minister the word of the Lord.
I honor Evangelist Gibson and the dedicated members of the ministry that yielded to the will of the Lord. His Glory Revealed Fairview Heights was ordained by the Almighty and I’m sure He is pleased and smiling down on you!
I asked Evangelist Gibson would like to share anything from His Glory Revealed. This is her response:
To God be all the glory for all that He has done. Revealed Dance Ministry is so honored that God continues to release His glory through the ministry of dance at it’s purest. What can we say about the night of dance and seminar in Illinois this past February – which God did not express already with His presence. The night of dance was so blessed and we thank each dancer that came out to worship as we honored the Father with our anointing.
There were yokes being broken all over the room and the atmosphere was that of great deliverance. We are still receiving emails about the power of God and the wonderful encounter people had with the Father.
Going into the seminar the next day was such a blessing – as the teaching brought to life even more what the people had experienced before the Throne of God the night before. Each minister of the dance walked away encouraged and empowered to press forward in their ministry of dance. Revealed is sure that those who attended are still receiving from the overflow of greatness. It was if the Father kissed the brow of every dancer while we learned, laughed and rejoiced.
Our guest instructors Pastor Greg and Prophetess Yolanda Gibson brought fresh and powerful teachings on the anointing and healing in the dance. We were able to open our heart and fill it with nothing but God, that His Glory would be REVEALED as we continue to minister before an audience of one.
Revealed would like to thank everyone again for their support and love during this awesome weekend. Thank you to The Sanctuary (Pastor Greg and Lady Yolanda Gibson); Harvest Tabernacle (Apostle Charles and Lady Teresa Townes) and all the Levitical Dancers who ministered at the night of dance and/or attended the seminar. Thank you to our new found Kingdom friend, Minister of the dance Lakita Humber – who brought us into the night of dance with power and glory. We look forward to returning to the state of Illinois to REVEAL the glory of God. Great blessings and continue to move for the one who moves you.
Deacon Sherry Wilson
Evangelist Tracy Gibson
Founder & Director