Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Prophet [Heart Revealer]

The primary concern of prophets is that the congregation pursues God’s shalom.  They do this by cultivating a liberating environment that calls the church to live in God’s new social order and stand with the poor and the oppressed, in the power of the Spirit.

MISSION
What is their primary mission?
Prophets help people pursue God’s shalom by calling the church to live in God’s new social order and stand with the poor and the oppressed.
HEART
How do they reflect the heart of God?
Heart revealers have a deep desire that people experience the divine romance and have an intimate walk with the Spirit. They are the “conscience” of the church.
FOCUS
What are the issues that deeply concern them?

Their deep concerns are social Justice, prayer, developing God centered contrast communities, true worship, holiness, practicing God’s presence, listening to God’s spirit, spiritual practices, spirit-formed people, global consciousness and downward mobility.
MINISTRY
What are the primary ways in which they embody this gift in the church?
Heart revealers help people, missional communities as well as the congregation develop a communal rhythm of life. They equip people to live Spirit-filled lives and practice the presence of God through silence, solitude and fasting. They cultivate the prayer life of the congregation and creatively speak truth to power and equip others to do the same. They give spontaneous words of encouragement, comfort and exhortation and help people move from a politics of exploitation and oppression to one of justice and compassion. They encourage the congregation to live more simple, sustainable lives, and find ways to stand with the poor and oppressed in concrete ways locally and globally. They train apprentices and build a team of people who help them with these ministries.
WEAKNESS
What is their primary blind spot?
Prophets potentially mistake their words for God’s words and undervalue contextualization.
EFFECT
What is their effect within the body?
Prophets cultivate a liberating environment that dares people to embody a holistic gospel by forming spirit-formed contrast communities for the glory of God and the good of the world.
SCRIPTURE
What are some passages that talk about prophets?
Anna and Simeon (Luke 2), Agabus (Acts 11:28, 21:10-12), Barnabus, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen, Saul (Acts 13:103), Judas and Silas (Acts 15:32), Philip's daughters (Acts 21:9), Prophecy (I Cor. 14).
EXAMPLE
Who are some contemporary examples?
Shane Claiborne, Tony Compolo, Marva Dawn, Walter Brueggemann, John Howard Yoder