Dancing Preachers International (DPI), a worldwide liturgical dance ministry that encourages and teaches the spiritual and healing power of liturgical dance in over 30 countries around the world, will hold its 6th Annual Dancing Preachers International Conference in Atlanta, July 31-August 5, 2012.
Hosted by Sabrina McKenzie, founder of DPI and EPIC World Church, where she serves as pastor, the Conference’s 2012 theme is “Changing of the Guard,” which according to McKenzie, signifies the growing phenomenon of liturgical dance as a powerful ministry worldwide.
“Our theme this year is “Changing of the Guard,” and represents a season where dance ministers around the world are moving from obscurity to notoriety in ways and in places many would not have thought they would in the past,” says McKenzie. “Dance ministers are not just dancing on a platform, but God is transitioning us inside areas of government and having us preach to nations through our ministry,” she said.
A liturgical dancer, instructor, choreographer and now a pastor, McKenzie has also long been a political activist. Her years of commitment to the legislative process, as well as her dance ministry, has led her to recently being named National Secretary-General of the Empower Movement, a faith-based campaign of thousands of churches nationwide, calling for one million people to register to vote on Easter Sunday.
In fact, one of the featured speakers at the upcoming DPI Conference, which will offer a number of workshops on offering dance, music, healing and other types of ministries to attendees, will be Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple. Dr, Bryant is leading the Empower Movement voter registration initiative with the hundreds of thousands of pastors across the country. Other Conference participants include Yuolanda Lewis, co-pastor of Omega Outreach Ministries, and gospel recording artists William Murphy, Jason Upton and Julie True.
In the last six years, the DPI Conference has attracted hundreds of delegates and people from over thirty nations and McKenzie expects that number to significantly increase this year, as a result of the impact the Conference and liturgical dance ministry has had in sharing the gospel around the U.S and abroad. This is one of the things of which says she is most proud.
“The most rewarding part of my ministry is traveling to various nations and seeing dance become a bridge builder for cultures,” McKenzie said. “We have seen nations be blessed by Dance Preachers International through prayer and healing, as well as our ongoing missions bringing food, books and resources for people around the world,” she continued. “Our annual conference is a way of bringing it all back home again.”
The 6th Annual Dance Preachers International Conference will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel, located at 1031 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, GA., 30354. For more information or to register, go to www.dancingpreachers.org., or call Lakisha Gary at 770/369-7108.