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Title: Developing Prophetic Ministry


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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • The nature of prophecy

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develop
  • 1. to change, or cause to change and become
    larger, stronger and more impressive, successful
    or advanced
  • 2. to arise and then increase or progress to a
    more complex state
  • 3. to aquire a feature or habit, that then
    becomes more marked and extreme
  • 4. to add details to a basic plan or idea
  • 5. to become apparent and thus resolve a question
    or clarify a situation
  • 6. to present the sequential events or
    successive stages of a story, or to have such
    events or stages revealed

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Why Prophecy?
Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except
he reveal his secret unto his servants the
prophets. The lion hath roared who will not
fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken who can but
prophesy? Amos 37-8
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What is Prophecy
  • Foretelling (to make known before the time)
  • Forth telling (to make clear or plain)
  • Functional Gifts
  • A spiritual gift (operational)
  • I Corinthians 12,14
  • A motivational gift (offering)
  • Romans 12
  • A leadership gift (office)
  • Ephesians 411

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What Does Prophecy Do?
  • But he who prophesies speaks to men words of
    edification, encouragement and comfort he who
    prophesies does good to the Church. 1
    Corinthians 143-4
  • Three Prophetic Functions
  • builds up - Edification
  • bucks up - Exhortation
  • binds up - Comfort
  • Notice the direction?

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What Does Prophecy Do? Resource for Living
  • Prophecy creates order from chaos
  • Genesis 1
  • Prophecy produces faith foundations
  • Romans 107
  • Prophecy releases a destiny with hope
  • Psalm 1305
  • Prophecy provides fighting tools
  • 1 Timothy 118

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What Does Prophecy Do? Encourages believers
  • encourage
  • to give somebody hope, confidence, or courage
  • to urge somebody in a helpful way to do or be
    something
  • to assist something to occur or
    increase
  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
    Christ, the Father of compassions, and God of all
    encouragement who encourages us in all our
    tribulation, that we may be able to others who
    are in any tribulation whatever, through the
    encouragement with which we ourselves are
    encouraged of God 2 corinthians 12

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The Prevailing Spirit of Prophecy
  • We are being conformed to the nature of the Holy
    Spirit who works in us
  • Paraclete one called along side to help
  • We have been given the ministry of
    reconciliation, God in us reconciling all men to
    Him.
  • GOOD News! (Gospel)
  • This is the Day (season) Ps 11824
  • I will rejoice and be glad in it!

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When is Prophecy Appropriate?
  • When potential exceeds reality
  • When clarity would be fruitful
  • When light and truth are dawning
  • When destiny is unfolding
  • When Gods enemies are stirred
  • When release is imminent
  • When radical obedience is required

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Our Desire
I wish that ALL GODS PEOPLE were prophets,
and that the Lord would put His Spirit on
them! Numbers 1129
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Our Desire
Covet earnestly the best giftsespecially that
you may prophesy 1 Corinthians
141 All may prophesy 1 Corinthians
1431
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Prophetic Ministry Old Covenant New
Covenant
  • Word Rare
  • Hand Rested on Select Vessels
  • Directive/Corrective
  • Primarily Informational
  • Under Law
  • Judgment on False Prophetic Words
  • All May Prophesy
  • Spirit Potentially Resides in All
  • Spirit Will Guide All
  • Primarily Confirmational
  • Under Grace
  • Discernment of All Prophetic Words

Old testament prophets were most like New
Testament office prophets, rather than those
simply used in the gift of prophecy.
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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Fruit
  • Prophecy is judged by the fruit it produces
  • Deuteronomy 131-5
  • Loving God
  • Walk after Him
  • Fear of God
  • Keep His commandments
  • Produces Obedience
  • Releases Service to God
  • Creates a supernatural bond

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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Testimony
  • The testimony of Jesus
  • Revelation 1910
  • Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test
    the spirits, whether they are of GodBy this you
    know the Spirit of God Every spirit that
    confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh
    is of God, and every spirit that does not confess
    that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of
    God 1 John 41-2

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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Harmony with
Scripture
  • For prophecy never came by the will of man, but
    holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the
    Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 121
  • What God has said he will not contradict
  • God will fulfill, supercede, complete
  • Three levels of biblical agreement/conflict
  • Biblical (Agreement/Encouragement)
  • Anti-Biblical (Rejection/Condemnation)
  • Extra-Biblical (Harmony/Resonance)

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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Fulfillment
  • How shall we know the word which the Lord has
    not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name
    of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come
    to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not
    spoken the prophet has spoken it presumptuously
    you shall not be afraid of him. Deut. 1822

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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Liberty
  • Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit
    of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2
    Corinthians 317
  • For you did not receive the spirit of bondage
    again to fear, but you received the Spirit of
    adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father. The
    Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that
    we are children of God, and if children, then
    heirsheirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
    if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be
    glorified together. Romans 815-17

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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Transformation
  • But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a
    mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
    transformed into the same image from glory to
    glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord 2
    Corinthians 318

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Criteria for Judging Prophecy Four Validation
Factors
  • A Word is Validated by
  • The He Factor
  • Does it draw us to Jesus and make us like Him
  • The They factor
  • Is this in agreement with the Words authors
  • The Us Factor
  • Accountability to the local congregation
  • The Rest Factor
  • Quietness and restfulness with the Spirit

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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • The Care and Feeding of Prophetic Individuals

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Nature of the PGI (Prophetically gifted
individual)
  • Loves truth (intensely)
  • Loves others deeply
  • Understands others insightfully
  • Sees and loves contrasts
  • Would rather be rejected than wrong
  • Constant revelation/information
  • Have an eternal perspective

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How PGIs are Misunderstood
  • Love of truth may be perceived as judgmental
  • Intense Love requires truth telling, perceived as
    harsh
  • Assumes others understand him/her in the same way
    he/she understands them
  • Loving black/white contrasts seems intolerant or
    unmerciful

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How PGIs are Misunderstood
  • Often has learned to survive outside
  • John the Baptist
  • Constant revelation may be painful, perceived as
    moody
  • Their timewarp is perceived as weirdness
  • Others..

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PGIs Must Have Proper Focus
  • I AM focus vs. I focus
  • Gift and calling requires future focus
  • Past successes and failures must be kept in the
    past
  • Grace-based vs. Gift-based self image
  • We are rooted in what God says rather than on
    what we have or do
  • Must convince others of who He is, not who we are

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PGIs Need Lots of Understanding
  • They perceive isolation as preferable to
    rejection
  • Isolation is still painful
  • Caves are more comfortable than crowds
  • Prophets need covering
  • Release is difficult (words are like their
    babies)
  • Feedback. They need to know others get it!
  • Thrive on truth-telling
  • Need to be reminded to lighten up and have fun

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PGIs Need a Safe Environment
  • Not designed to operate in a vacuum
  • One is to prophesy, others are to judge
  • No One on One prophecy, Seems safer, but not
    scriptural
  • Connected in five fold ministry
  • Submission shares responsibility
  • Accountability affords flexibility
  • Creativity flourishes in this environment

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Four Reasons Prophets are Extremely Powerful
  • They are gifted with strong character
  • They have deep insight
  • They have a mantle of authority
  • Their words bear weight

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Four Reasons Prophets are Extremely Dangerous
  • They are gifted with strong character
  • They have deep insight
  • They have a mantle of authority
  • Their words bear weight

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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • pitfalls inherent to prophecy

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Why NOT Prophecy?
Despise not prophesying -Paul-
  • Prophecy has been (can be) messy
  • Prophets can be difficult to understand
  • Powerful potential for good or evil
  • Theological misinterpretations
  • Lack of accountability and balance

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Processing Revelation
  • Write it out . Document the details
  • Ask questions If H.S. is talking, Hell answer
  • What is literal? Symbolic?
  • Go to intercession, bind loose
  • Pray the answer, not the problem
  • Pray and listen for interpretation
  • One has a tongue, one a revelation an
    interpretation
  • Check it with seasoned leaders
  • Ask for permission/timing/strategy

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Habakuk 22-3
  • Write the vision, make it plain apon the tablets
    that he may run that readeth it for the vision is
    for an appointed time. But at the end it shall
    speak and lie not. Though it tarry wait for it
    because it will come. It will not tarry.

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Understanding Second Heaven Revelation
  • Jewish concept Seven levels of heavens, for our
    discussion, we will use three
  • Natural heavens
  • Stars, clouds, air, that which is seen
  • Second heaven
  • Schemes, attacks, demonic/angelic warfare
  • Third heaven
  • Thrones, Elders, Intercessions, Divine rule

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Understanding Second Heaven Revelation
  • Scriptural example Jesus and Peter
  • Satan has desired to sift you like
    wheat Word of the Lord, or simple revelation?
  • We are not ignorant of the enemies schemes
  • Gods promise is that this information would be
    granted
  • Though we may have access to 2nd heaven, we have
    only limited authority from God
  • Judes report on Gabriels interaction
  • Needless Casualties of War (Jackson)

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Proclaiming (prophesying) Second Heaven
Revelation
  • Gives permission, guidance and access to satanic
    thoughts
  • Gives attention to demonic activity
  • next thing to worship
  • Releases dominion
  • covenant of agreement
  • Revelation is a call to intercession
  • I have prayed for you, when you are restored
  • Valid prophecy is limited to Fathers Words

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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • Prophetic sight

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What Does Prophecy Do? Releases fresh perspective
  • Hind sight -
  • History giving grabs attention
  • Faith building - Verifies, validates future word
  • Defines past in light of destiny
  • Insight
  • Awareness of current condition
  • Priority check
  • Valuable evaluation
  • Foresight
  • Defines a preferred future
  • Resonance with Gods plans
  • Repositions for future blessing

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Threefold Prophetic Sight pattern found in the
church letters of Revelation 3-5
  • Hindsight
  • Word of Knowledge History giving grabs
    attention
  • Faith-building Verifies/validates future word
  • Insight
  • Aha moments of illuminating introspection
  • Defines current situations in light of destiny.
  • Foresight
  • Defines a preferred future
  • Resonates with Gods plans
  • Positions for future blessing

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Prophetic Focal Length
  • Focal Length T(AHA - yea, Verily )
  • PGI Live Out-of-Sync with Natural World
  • God also lives outside of time restraints
  • The Longer Focal Length
  • Greater Potential for Frustration
  • More Need for Eternal Kingdom Perspective
  • Must understand Others DIH Look
  • PGI Must Understand 5-Fold Ministries
  • PGI Prophetically Gifted Individuals

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The Diverse Functions of Prophetic Revelation
  • Seers
  • Hearers
  • Watchmen
  • Scribes
  • Dreamers
  • Interpreters (dreams, events, revelations)
  • Minstrels and intimate worshippers
  • Others

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The Watchman
  • Ezekiel 317-22 331-9
  • Job is not to require action but to inform
  • An unconcerned watchman is useless
  • An agenda driven watchman is obnoxious
  • Not everyone will listen
  • Opportunity for repentance/protection
  • Gods justice and mercy require warning

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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • The God-Man Model

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Egyptian Theology Model
Pharaoh God/man
People
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Desert Ministry model
God
Moses
People
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Fallacy of the God-man Perversion
  • Lie of the garden
  • Manifests in gnosticism
  • My value is in what I KNOW
  • My value is in what I DO
  • My value is in what I SAY
  • God does not need our help, counsel, words,
    insight or direction
  • He is GOD and there is NO OTHER!

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Purpose to our Prophecy
The 70 Prophesy Momentarily Talents buried in
the tent They surrounded the tent Keeping
people out or Keeping God in?
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Sanctification or Separation
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Passion for His Purpose
Eldad and Medad prophesied in the camp In
this season the anointing will flow to those
who know how to use it Post-congregationals A
generation who see themselves as spiritual,
but have no use for church
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Strategy for the Season
Moses, My Lord, Stop Them! This is going to be
a white water ride for those who like things
predictable Things are going to change!
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Our Desire
I wish that ALL GODS PEOPLE were prophets,
and that the Lord would put His Spirit on
them!
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This will NOT be predictable!
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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • Prophetic ministry in the marketplace

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Prophetic Function in the Marketplace
  • Receiving of a prophetic word (ask for it!)
  • Share it (Ask a courageous question)
  • May I share something with you?
  • Confirmation (Hmmyeah..)
  • Activation of the word (WOW!)
  • Life enhancement (WoHooooo!!!)
  • Appreciation of the gift (HmmAnything else?)
  • Seeking of the subsequent word -
  • This is a dangerous place for the formation of a
    healthy future pattern

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Classic Prophetic Paradigm
  • God desires to speak to
    people
  • Cessation theology

God
  • God initiates the rebirth of the supernatural
    gifts
  • People are blessed
  • God Speaks

Prophet
Person
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Perversion of the Priestly Prophetic Paradigm
God
  • Prophet hears well
  • People long to hear
  • Prophet receives ego boost from being needed
    used
  • Prophet/priest becomes the persons primary
    God-connection

Prophet
Person
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Perversion of the Priestly Prophetic Paradigm
  • Sabotage of individuals hearing development
  • Position becomes perversion
  • Unhealthy seeking of the person carrying the gift
  • Gods desire My sheep know MY voice
  • Gods jealousy is ignited

God
Prophet
Person
Houston, We have a problem!
God
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Prophetic Coaching Paradigm
  • Intimacy is with God
  • Prophetic voice encourages intimacy with God not
    gift
  • Prophetic voice helps illuminate and remove
    barriers
  • Primary function confirmation, not information
  • Steadily decreasing as God speaks to person

God
Person
Prophet
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Prophetic Coaching Paradigm
  • Intimate personal relationship trumps gifting
  • Gifts compliment Gods passion, not our ego
  • The gift multiplies Gods glory and enhances His
    standing
  • I MUST decrease He must increase
  • Gifts are to be globalized, not centralized

God
Person
Prophet
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Mature Release of Prophetic Ministry
God
God
People
Prophet
Prophet
People
Interaction will begin here
Our goal should be to move here
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Paradigm for Prophetic Ministry
God
God
People
Prophet
Prophet
People
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Paradigm for Pastoral Ministry
God
God
People
Pastor
People
Pastor
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Paradigm for Apostolic Ministry
God
God
Church
Apostle
Church
Apostle
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Other Applications
  • Altar Ministry
  • Childrens Ministry
  • Counseling
  • Deliverance

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Ministry Modifications
Meat
Mentality
Milk
Grace
Dependency
Gift
God
Focus
Man
Increases
Confidence
Decreases
Decreases
Ego
Increases
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Marketplace use of the Gifts (Evangelism)
  • Receiving and giving of a God-message
  • Confirmation (God watches over it)
  • Activation of the word (God does it)
  • Life enhancement
  • Appreciation of the gift
  • Seeking of the subsequent Truth
  • Influence is given to be used to point people
    back to the Giver of the Gift (not the deliverer
    or receiver of the gift)

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God
God
Person
Prophet
Person
Prophet
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Maturity Sensitivity
  • Different people at different levels
    Ministry function determined by their need
  • One size does not fit all
  • Discern and Defer to the listeners
    Developmental Maturity
  • Anothers Ability to Hear is Primary Function
  • Knowing/Giving Info is Secondary
  • Refined Listening Skills Produce Fruit
  • Obedience to Current Word is the only
    Guarantee of Continued Revelation

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Input needs of Maturing Believers
Confirmation Coaching
Information Telling
Maturity
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Developing Five Fold Ministry
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Most Believers Have a Primary 5 Fold
Focus/Passion
  • Apostolic Ministry
  • Foundational, Building up, Governmental,
    Expansion
  • Prophetic Ministry
  • Revelation, Information, Judgment
  • Evangelistic Ministry
  • Souls, Multiplication, Mission, Passion
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Personal Growth, Body Health, Maturity of
    Believers
  • Teaching Ministry
  • Scriptural, Foundational, Process/Information
    Orientation

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Five Fold Ministries are Effective
  • Develop Models for Healthy Ministry
  • Team ministry, Interdependence, Synergy
  • Reproduce Themselves
  • Success is Not in Doing, but in Making Disciples
  • Identify, Train, Raise and Release Future Leaders
  • Equip, Energize and Encourage Current Leaders
  • Office Ministers are Marked
  • They are Gifted, Called and Commissioned by God
  • They are Known, Proven, and Trusted by men

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The office minister
  • Called by God
  • Focused if not vocational
  • Confirmed By People and Ministry
  • Function
  • Fruit
  • Found Faithful
  • Commissioned by Other Church Leaders
  • Five-Fold
  • Connected, Serving, Submitted
  • Not all who function have an office

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Functional Five
  • Pastors add personal touch and timing
  • Evangelists add multiplication and fire
  • Teachers add stability and clarity
  • Apostles add foundations and building
  • Prophets add revelation and sight

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Pastoral Ministry
  • Mentioned only once in N.T. Eph 411
  • Is relational, knows sheep by name Jn 103-6
  • Is sacrificial in leadership style
    Jn 1011
  • Shepherds are different than hirelings Jn
    1012
  • God uses the pasture to develop leaders
  • Great leaders Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, Amos
    and others throughout scripture

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Pastoral Ministry
  • Function from typology Ps.23 Ezek 34
  • Companion guides who live with/as sheep
  • They exercise authority, give direction
  • Provide safety, security, protection
  • Oversee nourishment, quality/quantity
    Jer 315
  • Monitor health, pace, peace, reproduction
  • Their work is demanding, solitary, dangerous,
    unrelenting, obscure

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Teaching Ministry
  • Provide heritage for generations Ps 7117-18
  • Keepers of records, truth, successful strategy
  • Light-givers provide light to discern Ps.11934
  • Applies wisdom to the heart Pro. 1623
  • To release increased knowledge Ps. 99
  • Prepare leaders for greatness Ex 1820-21
  • To release spiritual realities through revelation
  • To multiply inspiration by distribution of truth
  • To produce strength and value Pro. 1020-22
  • To nourish and strengthen

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Teaching Ministry
  • To train/capture the strength of beasts
  • To train/discipline, make ready for warfare Is
    23-4
  • To secure, inform, of the will, purpose, and
    declared plans of God
  • To secure an informed obedience
  • To thrust out the hand point or show Ex 1525-26
  • To cast seed of truth in the mind of man
  • Stewards truth, the basis of authority, freedom

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Teaching Ministry Teachers Need
  • To resist the mechanical release the passionate
  • To connect beyond the facts to the vital story
  • To love the history to release it to the future
  • To move beyond the regulations and the rules
  • To release revelation into dead religion
  • To operate in freedom, not foster bondage
  • To release spirit of Father, not just teach facts
  • To guard against gnosticism, arrogance, lofty
    knowledge that puffs up
  • To serve with truth as revealed in Gods heart.

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Tensions in the Cluster
  • Apostle / Pastor
  • Movement (Nature of Change Process)
  • Evangelist / Teacher
  • Discipleship (Intentional or Natural)
  • Prophet / Pastor
  • Timing Practicality (How Much, How Fast)
  • Evangelist/Pastor
  • Promises of and faith for miracles that dont
    happen

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Tensions in the Cluster
  • Teacher / Prophet
  • Revelation vs. established truth
  • In-the-box vs. Out-of-the box
  • Apostle / Prophet
  • Lack of quick movement foundations time
  • Big picture vs. specific elements
  • Evangelist / Prophet
  • Easy salvation vs. true repentance,

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Tensions in the Cluster
  • Pastor / Prophet (most common conflict)
  • Timing Practicality (How Much, How Fast)
  • Pastor may be perceived as slow.
  • Pastor sees process, prophet sees product
  • Pastor needs to grow the revelation
  • Pastor may have DIH look.

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Tensions in the Cluster Pastor/Prophet
  • DIH may be interpreted as rejection
  • Prophet may be perceived as pushy/strange
  • Prophet will be on to the next
  • I told you so!
  • (will need to be said about 1 focal length down
    the road)
  • Tempting, but Extremely Counterproductive!

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Five-Fold Synthesis in the Cluster
  • Apostle/Prophet (most common team)
  • I Corinthians identifies this as a foundational
    team
  • Prophetic voice provides
  • Warfare strategy,
  • Identifies ruling spirits,
  • Releases breaking anointing
  • Apostolic voice provides
  • Practical theological foundation
  • Vision casting
  • Process orientation

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Developing Prophetic Ministry
  • Prophetic Intercession

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Most Intercessors Have a Primary 5 Fold
Focus/Passion
  • Apostolic Intercession
  • Foundational, Building up, Governmental,
    Expansion
  • Prophetic Intercession
  • Revelation, Information, Judgment
  • Evangelistic Intercession
  • Souls, Multiplication, Mission
  • Pastoral Intercession
  • Personal Growth, Body Health, Maturity of
    Believers
  • Teaching Intercession
  • Scriptural, Foundational, Process Orientation

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Guidelines for Public Words
  • Speak Clearly
  • Make sure you can be heard
  • Timing the Word
  • Pace and Fit
  • RDCV
  • Stop when He stops
  • Know the Flow
  • Practice listening
  • Look for the Next
  • No parrots
  • To Be Heard,Have 3Bs
  • Build up, Buck up, Bind up
  • Be Invisible
  • We would see Jesus
  • Speak When Needed
  • No Monopolies in Kingdom
  • Be Sensitive to Direction
  • Let the leader lead
  • Maintain a Low Stance
  • Humility is a MUST

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KNOW the WORD!! The Word is
  • A Purifying Fire
  • Jeremiah 2329
  • A Breaking Hammer
  • Jeremiah 2329
  • A Guiding light
  • Psalm 119105
  • An Examining Mirror
  • James 121-25
  • A Meal for Babes
  • 1 Peter 22
  • A Growth Measuring Rod
  • Revelation 111-2
  • A Faith-Growing Seed
  • 1 Peter 123
  • A Sharp Sword
  • Hebrews 412
  • A Cleansing Stream
  • Ephesians 526
  • A Rich Storehouse
  • 2 Timothy 316

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