Minister Pamela Stovall is on my right. We are enjoying
the Lord at Majesty 2009 with Sukky Fagbohun
Minister Pamela Stovall was my guest on the Worship Dance Institute
Tele-Class. Our subject was “Garments That Preach”
She is the owner of http://www.themasterstouchcreations.com . As an anointed designer of worship dance garments, who travels as a missionary and keynote speaker with her husband, one of her signature teachings is
“Garments That Preach”.
http://hishemministy.blogspot.com transcribed the Tele-class. You may read excerpts from the Tele-Class Below. Enjoy
Jocelyn Richard: How wonderful to have you this evening on the
Tele-Class. We are going to be talking with our very special
guest tonight, Pamela Stovall, the owner and founder of
The Master’s Touch Creations. We’re going to be discussing
‘Garments that Preach,’
What we wear when we worship the Lord in the dance is just as important as our music and our choreography.”
As a matter of fact, what we wear before the King of Kings when
we dance and minister before Him should be a wearable banner. It
should be glorious, and we should look and feel impeccable for our
Jocelyn Richard: Minister Pamela what is the Biblical mandate for worship dance garments?
Pamela Stovall: Before we get into the
Biblical mandate, I think each dancer must know who God says that
they are. We are a royal priesthood, and we are kings and priests.
And so with that being known, I have the Biblical mandate
broken in two parts. The first part is covering who we are. As the
scripture states in Hosea, the people are destroyed for lack of
knowledge, and that’s a knowledge of not knowing who we are.
And the second thing is once we know who we are in the body
of Christ, it then says that we are a chosen priesthood and He
gave the priests instructions. God left orders of their holy garments
in Exodus. He gave them an order to go by. So when we read
the scripture we find out those who serve in the temple, and those
who serve before the presence of God will find Biblical instructions
In Exodus 28.
Pamela Stovall: In Exodus 28. 2-4, it says: “Thou shall make
holy garments for Aaron, thy brother, for glory and for beauty, and
thou shall speak unto all that are wise-hearted and whom I have
filled with a spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to
consecrate him, that they may minister among me in the priestly
office, and these are the garments which they shall make.” It gives a
description of the breastplate, the ephod, the robe, the embroidery
code and so on. It even tells the colors that they
should make it in. And I say this part to the priests of old, it is
very important to the priests of right now. So that’s the mandate
the scripture is telling us to go by.”
Jocelyn Richard: Well, thank you; that’s very important, because
whatever we do for the Lord, we have to make sure that there’s a scripture to it. And I’m glad that you brought those scriptures out. As dance ministers, we need
to know those scriptures and that needs to be our guidebook.
So when we choose our garments, we don’t just choose anything.
We should put thought and pray over what we wear when
we dance. It’s just like we don’t just choose any music for our
choreography. It’s the same thing.
Jocelyn Richard: So having this Biblical mandate. What are the three things,
that we should consider when we choose our garments?
Pamela Stovall: I think our garments should show the beauty of Christ.
I think they should show the honor of Christ, and I think
They should show the holiness of Christ. Choose according
to the economical level of your church or your ministry.
Jocelyn Richard: Good….excellent. Now, let’s remember:
You said the beauty of the Lord, the . . …
Pamela Stovall: the honor of the Lord,
Jocelyn Richard: The honor of the Lord, and the holiness.
That’s, excellent. I hope you all wrote that down.
When you talk about the dance ministry is a visual art form.
Everyone likes to look at beautiful things and there’s nothing
wrong with feeling and looking beautiful for the Lord.
So, now, let’s say I’m part of a large dance team, with people
of varying shapes and sizes. How can I outfit such a team
and still be elegant, unified, and economical. I know that’s
asking a lot…..but how? What advice would you give us
For outfitting such a team?
Pamela Stovall: First of all, make sure that we choose something
that will compliment everybody’s shape. Sometimes we
think economically. Just because we see it has a price
that we can afford we try to make it fit everybody. Then
it winds up not being honorable. It winds up not enhancing
anything, So one of the things that we need to consider is body types.
And then proper undergarments. You know even though
we’re thinking economically, first things first. Even if you have
to wait before you go forth to present (to dance). Worship unto the
Lord may be worth waiting,
Jocelyn Richard: Well that is definitely foundational teaching. If you’re not
ready, even as far as your outward garments….. wait. Now
that is deep. Because I’m the kind of personality — it
would be hard for me to wait, but that is, that’s so rich.
I’m so glad that you said that. And I don’t even
think that I’ve even heard anyone say that, but it’s true. It’s part
of the overall presentation of worship to the Lord, of leading
others to worship the Lord. If that’s not in order, then just
like any other thing in our ministry not in order, then it’s
OK to sit and wait until we get that in place.
Let’s talk about modesty, the importance of modesty, and your experience with it.
So tell us the importance
and how do we make sure we’re dressed modestly and we’re
Pamela Stovall: Modesty is very, because
there are things we need to consider being in the office that we
are in. First of all, we never want to be offensive to the people
that are witnessing the worship to God. And we don’t want to
be offensive to God. Not everybody is going to be in a state of
worship while we’re praising God, while we’re going before
the Lord and ushering unto Him. So we don’t want to be
offensive to the people that are witnessing or watching us
worship God. Second, we want to always present ourselves
in a holy way. Third, we don’t want to become a distraction
to keep anybody from coming to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is most important. We don’t want to cause anybody to
stumble. So, in saying all of this: all of the garments we choose
need to be respectable. They need to cover us but they need to
be tailored to us. Not tight, but tailored. Being too big is as bad
as being too small. Some of these things can become distractions,
and they won’t receive what God has for them to receive.
Jocelyn Richard: Minister Pamela, you’re an awesome lady, you know that?
I mean, I love that you said, ‘the office.’ I don’t hear that a lot.
But really, it is what we’re doing, we’re worship leaders. We’re
ministers for the Most High God. We do have an office, a place,
and I think that’s going to help us in choosing. If we
remember the word you just told us, that we have an
office, that’ll help us in being modest. That’ll help us in
choosing the appropriate garments. So thank you so much for that.
Pamela Stovall: The first thing that I think about, even before our garments, is that the song preaches first.
And then once we study the song ask God to give us vision. We
need to highlight those particular things in a song so that the people can be ministered to. Next, choosing
the colors for what is to be interpreted, because we don’t want to talk.
I’ll give you an example. We don’t want to say how holy God is and
then we’re in black.
Pamela Stovall: Everything we need, even in the scripture I read
before, is in the Bible. When He told them to choose the garments
of the priests, he told them exactly what colors to use. So it would have been contrary for those skillful people, who were sewing them,
to sew something different. If it’s important to God, it should be
important to us. Make sure our garments are expressing what
the Word of God says. That’s how we make sure our garments preach.
I think that’s something that’s important. The garments that we wear for worship dance should be able to preach even when the song stops.
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