Growing In Prophecy When No One Is Cheering You On

As a prophetic ministry, our core values include accountability, honouring leadership and local church. These are things that I emphasise when I teach about developing and activating prophetic gifts. [1]

I sometimes receive questions from readers who do not have church leaders or mentors who can help them grow in their prophetic gifts.

Some reasons for this may include:

  • They are physically isolated in terms of location
  • Their church lacks expertise in the area of prophetic ministry (this can be due to size or emphasis)
  • The church is conservative and the leadership does not believe in—or make room for—prophetic ministry
  • A prophetic mentor or leader is not available
  • They feel hurt or misunderstood in church life in relation to their prophetic gifts

Struggling Without Prophetic Leadership? These Tips may Help

I will cover the aspect about being hurt at the end of this post. But first, some starter tips for those of you who do not have prophetic leadership for practical reasons, such as those I have outlined above:

Feedback and Fruit

Being unable to find a mentor or leader to help you in your prophetic journey is common to a lot of people. Whilst you continue to pray about and be open to receiving mentoring, feedback is important to helping you develop your gift.

When you share a thought, scripture or prayer that is of God, people will say things like ‘that was meaningful…spot on…thank you that really touched me…I feel encouraged, and so on.’ Don’t be afraid to ask if an insight, scripture or prayer you have shared is helpful. Even negative feedback will help sharpen your ability to hear accurately from God.

When you share a prophetic insight, be aware of the fruit (outcome). A word that is from the Holy Spirit and shared in a timely way should bear good fruit that is consistent with the New Testament purpose of prophecy, to ‘lift up, build up, and cheer up.’ (1 Cor 14:3) There may be an occasional circumstance in which someone does not respond well to an insight from God, but if that is happening consistently, there is likely to be something in your approach that needs adjusting. Remember always to share your insights in a loving and natural way.

When Prophecy isn’t Recognised

If you are in a church where prophecy is not recognised, offer what you hear from God in the form of general encouragement, scriptures and prayer. Depending on the culture of your church, you may be able to share that you have been praying and a certain thought or scripture came to mind, or that you believe God is saying something.

The Holy Spirit is not limited by our terminology and it is not necessary to always use the term ‘prophecy.’ The key is to be sensitive and loving and to keep it simple.

Honour and Accountability is Always Relevant

Focus on your intimate relationship with God, but be wary of elevating revelation that you receive from the Holy Spirit above leadership, even when your leaders do not expressly support prophecy. Those in whom God has invested a gift of leadership have good instincts when it comes to His direction and timing.

Remember, your church leader may not understand prophetic ministry, but can still hear from God.

Honouring God-given leadership, regardless of the form it takes, is still the best way to grow our prophetic gifts. Sometimes it is our own pride that gets in the way of us receiving from a leader who does not have the same spiritual gift that we do.

Exceptions—Yes of Course!

Every situation is different and while the above suggestions may be a general help, your gift, maturity, church and leadership will be unique to you. During the next few days, I will endeavour to answer questions that are left in the comments section of this post.

Online Resources

Enliven Blog is a teaching resource designed to help and encourage Christians who are developing and operating in the gift of prophecy. In addition to the above information, the following articles cover the topic of developing your prophetic gift:

There are many ministries on the Internet, but be very careful about who you learn from. Avoid those who make excessive promises to turn you into a ‘fivefold minister’ or who freely offer personal prophecy without accountability.

When Hurt or Misunderstanding in Church Affects Your Prophetic Gift

If your sense of isolation and lack of leadership support is not circumstantial, but due to relational problems or being hurt, following are two articles that may help:

I wrote the book, ‘Prophetic People In A Changing Church‘ from my own experiences with hurt in church life.


[1]  I am on the ministry team at David McCracken Ministries, which is based in Melbourne, Australia.

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

25 thoughts on “Growing In Prophecy When No One Is Cheering You On

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Susan, well done, you got in before the rush when the blog post is sent out via email 🙂
      I will send the eBook to you tomorrow from my office.

  1. Margot

    Hello Helen, I enjoy your articles and I would like to read your book, please could you send it to me. Margot

  2. Catherine

    may i please have a copy of the book?

    thank you so much

  3. arie

    Would love to have a copy of the book. I am still in the top ten ,hey?

    (Hey is North Qld terminology) 🙂

  4. She'rri

    Hello Helen, God bless you. I have gain so much insight from your newsletters and I so appreciate you in your gift and your sharing. I would love to have a copy of your book, if I may.


  5. Louise

    I would love a copy, if possible! I am always encouraged and inspired by your writings. Thank you so much.

  6. Cherrinee

    Hi Helen, your blog has been such a blessing to me! I would love to get hold of a copy if possible. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Carol W

    Thank you for providing me with a free PDF of your book Prophetic People In A Changing World. Thank you.
    May God continue to bless you for being so generous.

  8. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi everyone above,
    I have now emailed you the eBook to the addresses you have provided me with. The attached file is 2.2MB.
    If the email does not reach your inbox, check your spam filter. If you still can’t locate it, email me and then I can reply with the book attached again.
    May it be a great blessing to you!

  9. Lisa Collazo

    I just read the article and would like a copy of the book if it is still available. Thank you in Advance!

  10. arie

    A very powerful book. Challenging but very good book. Neede to read that. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Vicky

    Loved this article. So very true.
    I particularly loved the fact you emphasized the fruit of The Holy Spirit. Much today focuses on the Gifts, yet the fruit of The Holy Spirit is key and vital to express the Gifts rooted and grounded in God’s Love=Glorifying God and Giving Him all the Honor.
    The fruit must have a sweet scent and savour when you minister in the Gifts of The Holy Spirit.
    Just a few thoughts which came to me to share.
    Enjoy reading the God Breathed articles that you share.

  12. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Sheila, it’s great to hear from you!
    Unfortunately, the offer for the eBooks was closed a while back, but if you check out the Free Resources page you will find some free material on there.

    If you would like to join the mailing list, there is a subscription box at the top right hand of this page. Put your email address in and follow the instructions. (don’t forget to find the introductory email in your inbox and click on the link to activate it)

    I look forward to continuing the journey with you~ 🙂

  13. La Vetta Williams

    Thank you for your blog! The very topic here was the catalyst which God used to birth forth the Ministry to which He assigned to my hands. I was in a church where prophetic gifts had no nurturing and little to no room for release and delivery of revelation being downloaded from Heaven!

    God called me to conduct national and international Schools of the Prophets since 1998. We even have been given five nations where God promises the people are ready to receive us. He says they are already praying and fasting in this regard in: Australia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tanzania and Mozambique. We have conducted the School of the Prophets in our local church, in other states of the USA, in India, in Nigeria, in Kenya, with invitations this year 2014 to Jerusalem and Uganda.

    It is totally encouraging to hear from your heart the exact words that the Lord allowed me to live through from 1993 to 1998 when He literally shifted me from that local church in order that the “baby” would not die!

    The vision is very much alive to teach, equip, activate and release prophetic ministers into destiny! Thank you so very much!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi La Vetta, thank you for leaving a message, it is wonderful to meet like-hearted people online. I just had a look at your website and oooh, it stirs me! May you be richly blessed in your endeavours and enlarged and multiplied in fruitfulness in 2014 and beyond, to those nations and more that Father lays on your heart.
      I’m glad you have found Enliven Blog and that the words here have resonated with you. 🙂

  14. Angie Sisk

    What if you think a ministry in your community that you have been involved with in the past is false, and they are prophesying bad things? I no longer attend this place, but they said a lot of bad hurtful things in prophecy to me and then later started saying blessing after i confronted them. What kind of a church leader is that? I’m really confused about that so called leadership at that place. Satan can transform himself into a minister of light. I’am concerned for the people that still go there. I do not want what happened to me to happen to them. Do you have any insight from God concerning this place that might help me in which direction to take concerning these people? I told one of the leaders over there that he needed to repent!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Angie, I understand the hurt from past situations. This may help – when we leave a church, we must surrender any expectations, discernment or opinions, we have closed a door and don’t have a God-given responsibility to speak into that (or about it to others) any more. You do have the responsibility before God to forgive, release them from judgment (negative opinions), and do what it takes to get healed up personally, and to move on.
      Generally speaking, the only ones who can warn or ‘correct’ are those who have a God-given license to do so, have the trust and invitation of the church leadership to do so. Seeing something does not mean we have a license to speak into it. I wrote a lot about this from my own testimony in my eBook, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church.’
      Hope this helps, may you be free to move on in God’s grace.

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