Last week, I introduced the subject of personal prophetic mentoring.
Today I am considering the question, ‘What should I look for in a personal prophetic mentor?’ Note: most of these points also apply to other mentoring situations in church life—especially leadership.
You may consider that someone who has an anointed prophetic gift, and is bearing fruit in his or her ministry, would be an ideal mentor. However, the best mentors also exhibit other characteristics that are equally important.
8 Aspects of Healthy Prophetic Mentoring
Are you interested in giving or receiving prophetic mentoring? Here are some things to look for in a prophetic mentoring relationship:
1. The Mentor Encourages you in Intimacy with God
The source of prophetic revelation is in our intimate relationship with God. A prophetic mentor should demonstrate a life of communion with God and not only spur you on in this area—but also by their own example cause you to hunger to get closer to God.
2. Importance is Placed upon Character
There is more to mentoring than passing on information and good training. A Godly mentor will not hold back when he or she sees issues of character in your life that need addressing. 
Integrity, purity of heart and lifestyle, the quality of our family life, honouring leaders and persevering during tough times are examples of character issues that are critical in developing our maturity in prophetic ministry.
A good mentor will both encourage you in, and be an example of, being accountable and honouring leadership.
Two questions to ask concerning a potential mentor are:
- ‘What authority are they under?
- Who do they relate to?’
This may include a board, if they are involved in a Christian organisation. I believe it is also important to find mentors who have a strong connection to their own local church, where they are in good standing.
Be watchful and avoid any teaching or mentoring that promotes independence, a lack of accountability and moving out from the authority of your church oversight. 
4. DNA is Taken into Account
Where are you currently expressing your prophetic ministry? Your own church or Christian organisation has its own unique DNA. This includes culture, vision, mission, values and teaching emphases.
If you are receiving mentoring from someone (or a group) who is outside your situation, it is important to be aware of any differences in DNA and take these into account.
Differences in vision, values and teaching can cause personal frustrations. If we are not careful, this may result in attempting to impose values or expectations that we have received from a mentoring situation onto leaders in our own church or situation.
Ideally, your mentor should have a similar ‘DNA’ to that of the church or organisation you are ministering with.
5. Your Mentor is Faith-Filled and has a Positive Attitude
A mentor should be faith-filled and have a positive expectation of enlargement in his or her ministry and walk with God.
Keep in mind that as you are being mentored, you not only learn prophetic skills and gifts, but you also pick up your mentor’s attitudes and beliefs.
If you are getting to know a potential mentor and they speak negatively about other prophetic leaders or are bitter about unfulfilled ministry expectations, beware!
6. A Healthy, not Dependent, Relationship
The joy of a parent bird is to see their offspring spread their wings and leave the nest. In the same way, the goal of mentoring is to see those mentored grow to their fullest potential and maturity.
We need to guard against unhealthy dependence or co-dependence in a mentoring relationship. A good mentor will be aware of this.
7. Humility and Openness
The best mentors are transparent about their own prophetic journey, including their weaknesses and failures. They give the greatest gift of mentoring—the wisdom of learning from their mistakes, so that we do not need to repeat them.
Godly mentors have humility—and this shows in their ability to share their journey without masking the tough times and their mistakes. Humility is also shown when a mentor is able to apologise to yourself or others when the need arises.
Likewise, it is important that we are transparent and teachable in receiving mentoring, otherwise we will not reap the benefit of the mentoring process.
8. A Natural Approach to Prophecy
Prophecy springs from having the Father’s love for people as individuals, as well as love for the church.
The best mentors are genuine, down-to-earth people who can relate to both church leadership and ordinary people off the street as they operate in their gift. They have a natural approach to prophecy and do not put people off by their expression of spirituality.
 This highlights a weakness of distance mentoring, in which it is difficult to address personal character issues except by general teaching. See the post, Prophetic Mentoring On A Personal Basis
 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 Enliven Blog’s e-Books page.
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© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church
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