As prophetic team members, we are also constantly encouraging and spurring each other on to growth.
It is like God’s Word says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Prov 27:17)
As I look back over my life—and especially the 35+ years of growing in the spiritual gift of prophecy—I can identify many people who have played a significant role in mentoring me.
However, not all of the prophetic mentoring I received during the early years had a positive effect on me. Some of the difficulties that I experienced in church life were as a result of mentoring that led me down a wrong path. 
In my book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic And Prayer Gifts’, I recommend prophetic mentoring, especially during the stage of developing our spiritual gift of prophecy. Today I look at the goal of mentoring and some different ways that personal prophetic mentoring can take place. In next week’s post, I will discuss specific aspects that are vital to a healthy mentoring relationship.
Why have Personal Prophetic Mentoring?
‘Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.’ (Phil 4:9)
Prophetic mentoring is a form of Christian discipleship that is focused on developing a person’s prophetic gift and ministry. Examples of general mentoring in Scripture include Moses and Joshua, Mordecai and Esther, Naomi and Ruth, Jesus and His disciples, and Paul and Timothy.
The best-known example of personal prophetic mentoring in the Bible is the relationship between Elijah and Elisha, who succeeded him as Prophet.
We see from the Bible’s example that personal mentoring is one of the valuable means that God uses to equip us in our character, relationship with God, gifts and calling.
The aim of mentoring is to help us reach our potential—mature in Christ, develop our gifts and fulfil the call of God upon our lives.
Different forms of Personal Prophetic Mentoring
Prophetic mentoring can take place in many different ways:
- Our mentoring contact can be occasional, frequent, or continual
- It can be intentional, with personal mentoring as a stated purpose
- It can also occur being in an environment where we are under prophetic leadership or on a prophetic team (peer mentoring)
- Mentoring can be primarily relational. In this case, we do not minister alongside the mentor, but meet for the express purpose of sharing about what is happening in our life and ministry and receiving insights and advice
- It can also occur as an apprenticeship, where we are learning as we minister alongside our mentor
- Mentoring can also occur as we focus on simply serving, blessing and assisting our mentor. Elisha had the role of Elijah’s servant before he was released into the fullness of his calling.
What if I don’t have a Prophetic Mentor?
If you do not currently have a personal mentor, here are some things to consider:
- Distance mentoring can be useful (such as learning from blogs, books and courses). Remember that you won’t benefit from personal accountability and character building when your teacher does not personally know you. [3, 4]
- Mentoring in other areas, such as leadership or church life can also supplement our prophetic ministry. Embrace these opportunities when God gives them and don’t consider them second rate.
- Finally, trust your Heavenly Father, that He will bring people around your life to mentor you at the right time.
Next week, I am going to look at some important things to look for in a prophetic mentoring situation, including accountability, taking DNA into account, a non-dependent relationship, humility, faith and character growth.
 You can find out about David McCracken here.
 I discuss the damage caused by receiving the wrong kind of mentoring and my journey towards repentance and wholeness in my book, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church.’ For more information visit our e-Books page.
 I regularly get asked about mentoring. For my personal policy and information about mentoring, see my mentoring info page.
 Michael Hyatt has some great tips about receiving mentoring when a personal mentor is not available, here: http://michaelhyatt.com/find-mentor.html
© Helen Calder – Enliven Blog
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