Children of God in their infancy imitate God, but His real intention is for us to be like Him and create. We can and will do all things through Christ.
Apostolic, Prophetic, Creative Arts
Tom has been involved in the arts for a very long time. He was originally introduced to dance, flags, drama, puppets and costumes back in the early 80's. Throughout the years Tom has enjoyed using these elements for worship. God watched over and carefully crafted this evolution as Tom branched out of the church and used the arts as part of his evangelistic outreach. Tom always said, If the arts were to be used in the church they should be an extension of Christ with signs following; prophecy healing deliverance miracles etc. Not just a showcase for talent.
Meet the Prophet & the Dancer
Back in 1996 when Tom & Lynn Hayden were together they were instrumental in pioneering the creative arts and prophetic dance in the church. Father God did not have to make Tom a dancer because Father God gave Tom a wife who was one. In the early days of pioneering this ministry there were lots of phone calls, lots of letters written, endless driving on the highways and prayer. Lots and lots of prayer. Prophet Tom became Tom the servant. Driving most of the time, setting up chairs, props, camera, sound equipment, sweeping floors and so much more. So often people see successful ministers on the stage but seldom see the price paid to get there.
In the early days we sacrificed anything to give the people everything. We wanted the people to not only see God through dance but we wanted them to feel His presence, hear His voice, feel His touch with miracles confirming what we were endeavoring to accomplish. We started off in our home, then a small meeting room in our complex, to our church, the county, the state, the nation and within a few years international.
Tom & Lynn had a unique style that worked for them because God humorously put together a prophet & the dancer.
WAS IT WORTH IT ?
At the rate and the speed they were going they did not really comprehend the price they would eventually pay one day. That would happen in 2007.
I must mention here The Lord never asked us to sacrifice holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations or each other for the sake of the ministry but that happened. The emotional, mental and spiritual high you can attain is like a drug to some people. Back then Tom & Lynn had no off button, no brakes when it came to their success. There was only one petal, one throttle, full forward don't look back, don't look around. Full steam ahead.
Okay, enough about the people God used. Let's talk about the ministry, the spiritual child conceived through this relationship.
As in the natural world so is it in the spiritual world, No man or woman conceives outside of Gods knowledge and consent. He is the giver of life. Dancing For Him Ministries was born out of a united vision between a couple He ordained to be together. God trusted us to carry the vision, give birth and take care of the vision with our lives. We are the parents. Dancing Him was Gods gift to us. The results of this union over the years that we were together has seen something that was uncommon become commonplace in the church. Dance ministries, flags, props are everyday occurrences while the prophetic sadly still lags behind. A dancer can teach dance. It takes a Prophet to teach the prophetic. That's just common sense. God intended back then as He He still does now to use the Prophetic in the world of the creative arts. Signs & wonders follow His word not just flags and banners. God wants hard core miracles to happen. Changed lives not just tears for healed emotions. God has purposefully held back the Prophets from extending their hands and using their voice in the dance world.
Once upon a time a Prophet & Dancer were married naturally and spiritually. Dancing for Him Ministries was created out of this union. In the beginning both parents invested into this child. Then for a season the Lord saw fit for the mother to have more influence. To do this He allowed the father to be removed for a season and a time.
Even if I do not see how or understand I hear Him saying, it is time for the father to return. It is time for the prophetic to once again influence the arts. All the basics have been done. The mother has accomplished all she can do. It's time for the influence of the father to return to bring this child, this ministry into the fullness for which it was created. Dancing for Him Ministries has not reached it's full potential yet. It needs its father the Prophet to do this.
God has not given up on His dream.. He has not lied about His promises no mater what life looks like. He is the God of restoration. He restores what was broken, retrieves what was stolen. He alone mends fences, fixes friendships and does miracles. If we did not believe this to be true then we are not serving or understanding the same God. He is the God of miracles. There is nothing too hard for Him.
One day very very soon God shall once again join the Prophetic back into the arts. In that day miracles will be common place just as the dance is today.
It is no secret, God has been amassing information and developing relationships with creative talented artists everywhere so He can bring in an even bigger harvest than before. What was done in the 90's served its purpose then but God has new things to say and do in 2018 and beyond. There is a new sound of worship and there is a new look of dance and flags.
If you were impressed with what God did in the past then get ready. There is more, so much more that is coming.
God has moved on, moved past the basics introduction of dance & choreography. Do not be bound by your past or present knowledge... be set free by what you don't know. God is always speaking if we will only listen.
Do not worry about who has come and who has gone, people and ministries will do this. You must always remember God remains the same. What is of Him will endure.
Prophet Tom is still here and so is Dancing for Him.
Let us look to God. He will finish what He started. And yes, I would do it all over again for what I have learned and who I have become. In 2007 I gave God everything and He took it. Now let's see what's in that field I bought.