Being a Prophet...

Today in my final session of teaching at the Pastor's Conference in Hawaii, I am talking about the need for more prophets among those of us in Spiritual Leadership. Sometimes we get too mystical about the spiritual gift of prophecy. Here's what a Prophet does:

  • A Prophet gets the vision from God. Therefore His vision does not come from another church's website, a conference, or another Pastor's blog. Simply put, visions get their vision from God.
  • A Prophet Communicates the Vision.  If there's one primary job we are to have as Pastors among God's people,  it's keeping the vision of His church before the people. One of the mistakes I think we make as a leader is thinking that everyone has heard the vision of our churches talked about too much. When in actuality, people desperately need to hear the vision communicated consistently and creatively!
  • A Prophet Protects the Vision. A prophet keeps the people on task. He protects God's vision from being compromised. He keeps the people from becoming complacent and He keep the vision from hijacked by a few powerful people. A Prophet keeps the people focused on what's really important!
  • A Prophet Lives For an Audience of One. The apostle Paul got this right. He understood that we gain our sense of approval, no ultimately from people, but from God. Paul said it this way: Galatians 1:10 (NLT) Obviously, I’m not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.