Paradosi Ballet Company is an interdenominational Christian ministry that draws dancers, volunteers, board members, and staff from a wide variety of Christian denominations. Each member of the ministry is an imperfect Jesus follower who believes in the Holy Trinity, strives to live by the teachings of the Christian Bible, and has a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Collectively we set aside our theological differences and come together to share the love of Jesus Christ through dance, drama, and personal witness.
Through the arts we will
Worship God, Love People, Share the Gospel, and Make Disciples of Jesus Everywhere We Go!
- We will use dance as a ministry tool to reach those who do not know Jesus
- We will use dance as a ministry tool to uplift believers and to remind them of the beauty of God and His love for them
- We will use dance as a ministry tool to teach and reach the young helping them to grow in their relationship with God and to use their gifts to glorify the Lord
As a Christian ministry we agree with the historic Apostles' Creed of the Christian Church. We believe that this statement is in accordance with the teachings of the Bible and is accepted interdenominationally.
"I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen"
The Christian Bible
We believe the Christian Bible to be the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. It is our handbook for Christian living and our final authority on all spiritual matters. (John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Evangelism and Discipleship
We believe that Jesus sends His redeemed people into the world as the Father sent Him. We believe that the ministry of evangelism, the sharing and proclaiming of the message of salvation only possible by belief in Jesus Christ, and discipleship, helping followers of Jesus to grow in maturity with their faith, is the responsibility of all followers of Jesus. We believe that our mission as ambassadors of Jesus Christ is to share His message of salvation, love, and forgiveness in order to fulfill the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:9-15, 1 Peter 3:15)
These statements do not exhaust the extent of Paradosi Christian Ballet's beliefs. the Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, what we believe, and the proper conduct of mankind.
*catholic, little "c", refers to the wholeness of the entire church in all times and not a specific denomination of Christianity.
Paradosi Ballet Company shares broad-based mainstream Christian teachings which we, as Christians, hold as "Common Ground" across denominational lines that are built around Jesus Christ's unconditional love, understanding, forgiveness, and acceptance. As an interdenominational ministry, the individual members refrain from practices that are specific to their denomination during programs and events.
We believe that the Body of Christ is one body of believers and intentionally choose not to align the ministry with one Christian denomination to allow the ministry to work more freely with different Christian churches and ministries in order to have a greater impact on the kingdom.
As believers it is important to remember that Jesus did not assign denominational titles to His church. We as believers may choose labels for the churches in which we attend but Jesus never assigned denominational designations. As it is written Jesus prayed: "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me." (John 17:20-21)
Jesus said, "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40) The Body of Christ is made up of "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord" (Acts 2:21) and the gospel of salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) unites believers despite denominational differences. Heaven will forever be filled with believers from "every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9-12) purchased by God through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:17-19) and we will worship the same Lord as one forever.