9 Core Values of Prophetic Ministry

Values speak of what is important to you. They declare your passion and purpose; your ‘why’.

Core (central) values guide your thinking and actions. They infuse everything you do and become a part of your culture.

As Christians, our values should always be Biblical. This includes our core values, which describe our God-given priorities, and what is unique to us.

Today I am sharing our 9 core values of prophetic ministry. These values describe what is important to us and our wider family, when it comes to our prophetic gift and ministry. [1]

I pray these give you some food for thought as you also pray, ‘Father what are the values you are entrusting me with?’


9 Core Values of Prophetic Ministry

‘Father-presenting, Jesus-pursuing, Spirit-sourced, Biblically-grounded, leadership-honoring, integrity-seeking, Church-building, Kingdom-extending ministry, based in intimacy with God.’

Following are brief descriptions (i.e. a general overview) of our prophetic ministry core values:

1. Father-Presenting

Just as Jesus represented the Father, so do we (John 14:9-11)

    • Prophecy declares the Father’s mind and intention, and when we speak on God’s behalf, we reveal not only what He says, but Who He is
    • The Father’s nature and motivation is love (1 John 4:7-8, 19) and the Bible tells us that love is the prerequisite to prophecy in any situation (1 Cor 13:1-2, 14:1)
    • In prophetic ministry, love is not based on an emotion that we feel, but upon seeing people from the Father’s point of view
    • He is a God of relationship; always seeking to strengthen and restore people to relationship with Himself
    • Prophetic ministry will always resonate with the message of the Gospel (2 Cor 5:19); reflecting the Father’s purpose to redeem and restore people through Christ, drawing them to Himself

2. Jesus-Pursuing

Prophetic ministry will reveal Jesus, point to Jesus, and it will empower people to grow in Christ-likeness (Eph 4:13b)

  • Jesus is both our foundation and our role model for prophetic ministry (Eph 2:20) [2]
  • Like Jesus, our communication style and language will be engaging, and easily understood by the culture we are ministering to (Mark 12:37)
  • One test of prophecy is, ‘Is this something Jesus would say—and is it the way He would say it?’

3. Spirit-Sourced

  • We believe the source of prophecy is a Person—the Holy Spirit, who makes known to us the mind, heart and intent of God (John 16:13-15, 1 Cor 2:10-12) [3]
  • Our ministry will be characterized by the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22).
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit and birth of the church, brought forth a prophetic generation (Acts 2:18). Every Christian can hear from God and receive prophetic insights from the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit is also the source of the spiritual gift of prophecy, which is given by God to some believers (1 Cor 12:10) and available to all (1 Cor 14:1). Some individuals are chosen and anointed by God to the office of the prophet. (Eph 4).

4. Biblically-Grounded

The Bible is the primary way God speaks to us, and also the means by which we weigh up every prophetic insight

  • We place a high value on Biblical integrity, believing all Scripture to be inspired by God and our authority in every aspect of prophetic ministry (2 Tim 3:16)
  • The Bible is a significant source of prophetic symbolism and is the first place we turn to for interpretation of prophetic insights, visions and dreams
  • Studying the Scriptures helps us to grow personally and in our gifts and ministries
  • We recognise, value and apply the differences between the Old and New Testament paradigms of prophetic ministry [4]

5. Leadership-Honoring

  • The themes of leadership and accountability run throughout the New Testament. Jesus demonstrated it in His discipleship process. The Apostle Paul’s instructions concerning the practice of prophecy included accountability and guidelines (1 Cor 14, 1 Thess 5:19-21)
  • Spiritual authority and the power of God flows through the lines of appointed authority (Acts 6:8; Acts 8:5). Jesus commended a Roman Centurion for understanding this principle. (Luke 7:7-9)
  • Genuine accountability is not just by name only, to be effective it must include answerability (Gal 2:1-2), transparency (Eph 4:25), teachability (Acts 18:26) and submission (Heb 13:17) [5]
  • We also believe accountability is a vital key to develop a prophetic ministry with increasing accuracy, integrity, and wisdom and is a safety net to protect us from pitfalls (1 Cor 4:14)

6. Integrity-Seeking

Integrity means that our inner core values and beliefs line up with our words and actions

    • We believe that godly character is necessary in Christian leadership (Titus 1:5-9) and of vital importance in prophetic ministry
    • Good character determines:
      1. Our ability to persevere, finish well and complete our God-given assignment
      2. The quality of what we impart to those we lead, mentor and minister prophetically
      3. Our ability to reflect Jesus and accurately represent the Father’s nature
      4. Our reputation and that of the ministry, church or team we represent—i.e., God’s reputation as people see Him through us (Prov 22:1a, 1 Cor 4:15-17)
      5. Our ability to carry spiritual authority and release God’s power through our ministry over a sustained period (Acts 6:3)

7. Church-Building

  • The prophetic office is given by Jesus to equip His church and grow the body into maturity and Christ-likeness (Eph 4:11-13)
  • According to the Apostle Paul, the purpose of prophecy in the church is to ‘edify (build) the church’ (1 Cor 14:3-4, Strongs G3618)
  • A prophetic word or ministry will result in the fruit of the Spirit, will promote unity in the church and will not result in confusion, condemnation, division, or fear (James 3:13-18, Gal 5: 22-23, Prov 14:1) [6]
  • Prophetic ministry is primarily a confirming ministry. [7] This is because leaders have a personal relationship with God and receive guidance from the Holy Spirit in relation to their sphere of influence
  • ‘Building the church’ may at times require stronger, adjusting words from those in fivefold (governmental) ministry, including prophets [8]

8. Kingdom-Extending

The Kingdom is not only a matter of words but of power (1 Cor 4:20). The ministry of prophecy will result in the release of God’s power for His purpose to take place

  • Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He demonstrated that the Kingdom is not only the future rule of God, but the current exercise of His rule in the here and now
  • The Kingdom of God is manifested by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us
  • In his letters to the churches, the Apostle Paul teaches on prophecy in the context of the local church. The book of Acts and the Gospels show the significance of the prophetic ministry of the Holy Spirit in the context of evangelism, church-planting and the spread of God’s Kingdom
  • Having a Kingdom mind-set will result in us taking the prophetic from the church into the marketplace and beyond, into every community, region and nation [9]

9. Based in Intimacy with God

We can minister out of a place of security because we know God’s affirmation and favour in our personal relationship with Him

  • Intimacy with God is the foundation of our prophetic ministry. He seeks close fellowship with us (Gen 3:8). It is in close relationship with God that:
    1. We become familiar with His voice
    2. Our ability to distinguish God’s voice from others is sharpened
    3. We receive prophetic insights, including prophecy, discernment and other revelation
  • Intimacy with God is demonstrated in Jesus’ relationship with the Father. We also see it in Moses (a prophet who was known as a ‘friend of God’ Exodus 33:11) and Enoch, an early prophet in the Bible (Jude 14) who was known for his intimacy with God (Gen 5:24)
  • In the place of intimacy, we get to know God’s heart, as well as His voice. This enables us to communicate not only His intention, but also His motivation and the expression of His love

Notes:

[1] Enliven Ministries is in the David McCracken Ministries family, based in Melbourne, Australia.
[2] More here: How to Have an Unshakeable Prophetic Ministry 
[3] See: The Prophetic Ministry of the Holy Spirit
[4] More here: Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry 
[5] For more information read: The Power of Prophetic Accountability 
[6] If these things are in evidence, it is not a Spirit-sourced prophetic word causing it, e.g., James 3:15: ‘earthly, sensual, demonic’. 
[7] This confirmation may have been received in the past, it could be the witness of the Spirit in the present at the time of receiving a prophecy, or it could come at a future date when a prophecy is reviewed.
[8] More on ‘adjusting’ words here: Prophecy, Repentance and the Coming Move of God 
[9] Marketplace includes (for example) business, government and education. For Biblical examples see: Prophecy and God’s Power in Business and the Marketplace


This is My Story

Some values are born in you, some values are bred into you, and others are burned into you.

The values of accountability, honoring leadership and loving (building) the church were burned into my heart, through failure, repentance and restoration.

You can read the testimony that launched Enliven Blog in my book, ‘Prophetic People in a Changing Church’. This book, along with other resources, is also available in the Enliven Prophetic School .


Enliven Prophetic School

I am passionate about providing resources for those who want to be equipped to grow in prophetic ministry.

This is why, in addition to Enliven Blog, we now have an online prophetic school, with our prophetic training all in one place.

You can view and sign up to the self-paced video lecture series in the Enliven Prophetic School here. Choose between a small monthly subscription, or a one-off payment with no expiry date.

Modules on the School currently include: ‘How to hear God’s voice’ ‘How to Begin and Grow in Prophecy’, ‘The Seer Gift: How to Grow in Pictures and Visions’, ‘Discernment and Prophetic Warnings’ and the ‘Prophetic Guidance Master Class’


© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

6 thoughts on “9 Core Values of Prophetic Ministry

  1. Bongeka Mchunu

    Wow, Wow, Wow. I can only speak to this far.
    I am so amazed, overwhelmed and spirit filled. You know it has been in my heart and prayer that, God must intervene in prophecy ministry, there are false prophets out there, as the bible for told. Thank you so much for your ministry, God increase your territory.

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  2. Ben

    Blessings indeed for the equipping of the saints worldwide. God inspired tools and thank you for sharing deeply biblical truth especially on the time we are living in.
    May the Lord continue to bless your ministry.

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  3. martha malepe

    greetings helen

    God bless you for your passion in His work and for you to share with us what God has put in your heart, my number one passionate value is to be biblically grounded because it will someup the rest, when you are biblically grouned you will know and understand how to present our Father how to pursue Jesus and when you do this you will be spirit sourced and the rest the spirit will lead us,we will never know how to follow christ untill we immerse ourselves into His word surely when we ground ourselves with His word i believe we will arm ourselves with the rest of the values, reading the word is speaking to our Father and the more we give ourselves time to read it the more know Him and know what He expect from us as His children,stay blessed thanx again this is beautful we cant do anything without God’s word,i m blessed may what we have learned today continue to change and direct our walk with Him and not forgetting that His nature is LOVE love and love

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      That is so good Martha! Yes being Biblically grounded is the key to all. and love, love love. <3

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  4. Dori Willson

    Dear Helen

    Thank you so much for the 9 values of prophetic ministry. It spoke direct to me and the Lord started showing me these values are for our ladies group. These are the essence of Christ in us .
    Just love your writings.

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