[size=large]Developing Prophetic Partners and Accountable Ministry Teams[/size]
1. God desires to utilize ministry teams.
A. He uses the "five-fold ministry" team to build the church. Eph. 4:11-16
– They prepare the saints for ministry. Eph. 4:12
– They encourage and strengthen the church. Eph. 4:12
– They help bring unity to our faith and understanding. Eph. 4:13
– They help us reach maturity with our character and behavior. Eph. 4:13
– They help us turn weaknesses to strength so that we aren't toppled by false teachings and persuasive deceivers. Eph. 4:14
– They helps us learn to hang on to one another. Eph. 4:15-16
B. God also uses ministry teams within a specific aspect of the five-fold ministry. Acts 11:19-30
– Healthy prophetic ministers are meant to serve in team-work with the rest of the church.
They stay accountable and connected. Acts 11:19-26
Prophetic ministers often work together. Acts 11:27-30
– God wants to raise up prophetic teams in the church. Acts 13:1-4, Acts 15:32-34
C. God uses all kinds of people in prophetic ministry and wants to use you.
– Sons and daughters; Men and women; Young and old. Acts 2:17-18, Acts 21:7-9
– Though God desires that all of us should prophesy, we should prayerfully consider if He is specifically calling us to be part of a larger prophetic ministry team in the local church. 1 Cor. 14:1; Rom. 12:6
2. There are requirements and responsibilities that are placed on those who God wants to use as part of a prophetic ministry team.
A. Joint vision. – To be a resource in the church, providing prayer and encouragement into peoples' lives.
– To help release a flow in inspirational prophecy in the church, bringing edification, exhortation and comfort.
– To help hear, understand and pray through revelational prophecy in partnership with the church leadership.
B. Submission to leadership.
– Individuals maintain a teachable spirit and a humble heart.
– Team members understand their role in building the church and not working against appointed leaders.
– There is cooperation with and promotion of established ministry guidelines.
C. Open accountability.
– Team members maintain healthy relationships and avoid a "Lone Ranger" mentality.
– They walk in the light concerning marriage finances, home life, work ethic and more.
– They invite accountability. They allow and encourage scrutiny.
Ex: "I want to give you the right to ask me any awkward question regarding any issue in my life, at any time, as you see fit."