For the last several years, I have been consulting with pastors and leaders from all over the world in regards to the prophetic people and intercessors that attend their church and often times the problems that they bring.
I receive calls and emails frequently from leaders that say something like, “Jeremiah, please consider coming to speak at my church and setting these people straight. They will not listen to me, but I know that they will listen to a prophet.”
So off I go on assignment and I sit down with pastors, their staff, and these troubled prophetic/intercessor groups and pray away the cobwebs and cry out for a spirit of wisdom and revelation to sort through the mess. Some churches I visit, I have to actually deal with the pastor and staff. Other churches I visit, the main area of strife is the prophetic/intercessory people. I have it on my heart to offer a few things that I have learned from my vantage point which is very unique both pastoring/shepherding and traveling prophetically. I see both sides! Here we go:
1. The spirit of Elijah wants freedom in a church so that the HOLY SPIRIT can move, but the spirit of Jezebel wants freedom in a church so that they THEMSELVES can move and operate. I‘m going to estimate that after working with over 20 churches in the last few years, only 4 churches had legitimate complaints from prophetic/intercessors about the need for more freedom in the services etc. The rest were merely individuals who had their own Jezebelic agenda and were harassing the pastor to death through manipulation and control. By the way, if you don’t like the way your leadership team is facilitating the Holy Spirit, it really is okay to move on to the next church…and I bet you will move on to the next church after a time…. and then you will be off to yet another church… repeat cycle… over…..and….over….again……
2. Prophets and prophetic people will NEVER understand their role in a local body until they give their time to biblically understanding what the role of a shepherd is over the flock. Not every pastor is a “Saul”. I’m sorry angry and bitter prophetic/intercessor people, but it’s just not the case. Would it offend you if I recommended you search your own heart to see if you have issues with authority?
3. Pastors will NEVER understand prophets/prophetic people and their function in the local body until they give their time to biblically study their role. Sorry disgruntled pastors, not everyone who claims to have the word of the Lord and actually does is a Jezebel or Absalom. Would it offend you if I recommended you search your heart to see if you have issues with insecurity and control?
4. I’m still waiting to see who comes up with a grand idea of actually building RELATIONSHIP with the pastor or prophetic person that you are offended with and seeking to affect change. Take me for my word when I tell you that there is so little relationship between pastors and prophetic/intercessory people that its mind boggling. Excuse me “seasoned old prophetic lady” is there a reason why you want the microphone and control of the “spirit’s movement” , but don’t care to sit down with the pastor and build relationship with him? Why are there so many loop holes in your life that you don’t care to address or answer for? Excuse me “young pastor with zeal unmatched”, is there a reason why you won’t sit down with the prophetic/intercessors that have been alive longer than you have been pastoring and give them some time to share what they are seeing/hearing as they have prayed for YOU?
5. The “misuse” of prophecy does not equal the “no use” of prophecy approach. Most pastors that call me are actually longing for the pure flow of the prophetic in their church, but have shut it down all because of the past wounding that prophetic/intercessory people inflicted upon them and their congregation. I wholeheartedly agree that great caution and testing of the spirits in order to approve must take place in order for the genuine prophetic ministry to be active, but don’t be so controlling and hard hearted that you hinder the Spirit’s movement. Call someone for help. Ask for outside opinion. Invite voices into the church you are pastoring to help restore what has been damaged and set up protocol for prophetic/intercessors to follow.
6. Pastors/Shepherds: If you do not set the riverbanks for prophetic/intercessory people, the river will spill over every time. And by the way, you are going to have a flood on your hands, not a small stream. Much of the disaster that I see that is caused by unstable and unruly prophetic people is in part because the pastor/shepherd refused to train and teach the people what the boundaries (river banks) were to stewarding and facilitating the Holy Spirit’s movement. If you are having trouble in this area, invite a prophetic or trusted person in the body of Christ to help you set up protocol. As with child rearing, rules and boundaries create security and stability with children. Likewise, this is true in seeing the Spirit move with decency and with order.
7. Prophets/Intercessors: Showing up to a church under the guise of “being on assignment” and expecting to be received as your telling the pastor to just trust you because you “hear from the Lord” and they obviously can’t is like walking into a house in the middle of a drought with a match and not expecting everyone to either run or try to smother you. I will personally never give anyone a microphone who I do not have some type of relationship with and let them “release” the word of the Lord and I will never recommend a pastor to do this. That is completely absurd. The foundation for all New Testament ministry is RELATIONSHIP! Stop being a lone ranger and deal with your pride. You being “on assignment” aka not needing to have any sort of accountability is childish and immature. Get over yourself. You are a part of the body of Christ too and your gift will actually flourish if you learn how to be shepherded properly.
I could go on and on but I’ll leave it at 7 for now.
The Unknown Dreamer,