Not everyone has the time, money or inclination to attend a prophecy school. So don't join a prophecy school! Here’s what to do instead.
Last time, I talked about 3 ways you can promote the gift of prophecy in your church.
As part of that post, we discussed group bible studies and online programmes.
However, not everyone is ready to go through a full-blown prophecy school.
In this article, I'll look at why that may be the case and why you may not want to join a prophecy school.
Then I'll discuss an alternative for you to consider and here’s the important bit:
At the end, I’ll be looking for your feedback and input on what would help you most.
So keep reading to the end and let me know what you think!
A Summer Of Revelation
I’ve already mentioned on more than one occasion how the summer was a time of revelation for me.
Since then, the Lord has moved things up a notch and asked me to share some prophetic words and I know there are more to come!
Throughout this time, he has also been speaking to me about speaking to others, by which he means preaching and teaching.
I lead meetings and preach regularly in my home church, but I believe God is speaking about something bigger and wider than that.
And more recently, I realised that while the 4 Steps Prophecy School has proven to be popular, not everyone is ready to join.
While it might seem like I’m shooting myself in the foot by saying this, I’m being serious.
There are some good reasons why you may not want to join a school of prophecy.
And I only want to see people in the School who have a genuine desire to grow their gift.
Don’t Join A Prophecy School If…
But it’s more than just a desire.
I heard a truism recently that if you want to lead or minister to people you need to have 3 things in place, in order to be effective:
- A calling from God on your life.
- The gifting to empower your calling.
- The time to be able to do it.
In other words, you need both the anointing and the resources to be able to follow your destiny.
I believe it’s the same with growing in the spiritual gifts. And it’s the same with growing your gift of prophecy.
So here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t join a Prophecy School.
Don’t Join A Prophecy School If You Can’t Afford It
Fairly simple really: if you can’t afford to pay for the course, then why are you even thinking about registering?
I’ve heard of some people with money problems, who try to keep to a budget, but make the mistake of:
- buying unnecessary things before they receive their pay, or
- donating to worthy causes because they “feel good” about it.
If that’s you: stop right now!
God may love a cheerful giver, but he doesn't expect us to live in debt.
There are times when the Lord asks us to take specific risks, but usually within our means and only when there is a faith goal in mind.
(By the way, if you are living in debt or know someone who is, then Christians Against Poverty can help).
Don’t Join A Prophecy School If You Don’t Have Time To Attend
If you can’t take a day or two out of your schedule, then now may not be the right time to attend a prophecy school.
We all love Christian conferences and worship gatherings, but whatever we choose to do is always at the expense of something else.
Perhaps your family or other commitments are more important to stay on top of, right now?
Of course, the beauty of an online course is that you can go through it at your own pace.
That’s when you need to decide what you really want.
Don’t Join A Prophecy School If You’re Not Serious About Growing Your Gift
This is a big one.
If you have the desire to do something, you can do pretty much anything.
If you want to do something enough, then nothing will stand in your way.
Money won’t be a problem, you’ll save up to get what you want.
And if you really want to do it, you’ll find the time from somewhere.
But if you’re not serious about it, then everything will get in your way and there’ll always be something else more important that gets the priority.
That’s why I’m serious about saying: don’t join the 4 Steps Prophecy School unless you really want to grow your gift of prophecy.
What To Do Instead Of A Prophecy School
With all that being said, there may be a fourth reason why you’re not ready to join a prophecy school:
You may just be testing the waters.
Perhaps you’re not sure if you have the gift of prophecy?
If so, then you probably don’t want to invest much of your time and energy into training.
Maybe you do have the gift, but you’re not sure whether the training will truly help you improve?
Or maybe, you just don’t know if a Prophecy School will be worth the money? (After all, nobody wants to feel ripped off, do they?)
If any of that describes how you’re feeling, then there may be other ways forward.
And that leads us right back to my previous article, where I talked about prophecy workshops.
Join A Prophecy Workshop
If you’re not ready to join a prophecy school, then attend a short prophecy workshop instead.
You’ll be able to dip your toe in, to see whether it will suit you.
Since it’s shorter than a full training course, it should be cheaper.
And you’ll also have the opportunity to try out the speaker!
That leaves us with one more question: Who should it be?
Well, * cough * in my humble opinion, I think you should ask me! 🙂
Choose A Workshop
OK, it’s interactive feedback time!
Here’s where you get to choose your favourite and bring your influence to bear, so pay attention.
Here are 4 example workshops you might want me to run in your church:
All you need to do is answer one quick question.
And the question is:
If you could attend only ONE of the above 4 workshops, which would it be and why?
Answer the question by:
- 1Vote for a workshop in the poll below.
- 2Leave a comment to tell us which workshop you picked and why.
My desire is to grow in the prophetic. I’m always looking for ways so to do.
If you are really serious about prophecy,
you really need to read the whole Bible in a year by spending at least one hour per day in study. To be blunt, if one hour a day to too much, then don’t expect to grow “too much” in prophecy. Memorize II Tim 2:4.
Thanks for your comment, you’ve raised an important issue here.
We need to know and understand our bibles in order to test and understand the prophecies that we give to others and receive for ourselves.
So it’s important to spend quality time in God’s word getting to know who God really is and how he works.
That said, I wouldn’t want to place a burden on anyone in terms of a specific amount of time required for bible study.
Different people are built in different ways by God, so we hear him in different ways.
Some people hear God’s voice primarily through the bible and bible verses, while others hear his voice directly spirit to spirit.
Other people still, particularly those called to be seers, receive dreams and visions.
Such visions, dreams and pictures do, of course, need to be weighed using the bible, although if we are sufficiently familiar with God’s word, then many prophecies can be confirmed to be in line with the truth without recourse to a specific bible verse.
I’ll be discussing more on how to grow in the gift of prophecy over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. 😉
Thanks again for your thought-provoking comment!
How should I pay for courses
Thanks for your comment.
For online training courses, you can pay by credit or debit card or by PayPal.
But I’ll email you to let you with the details.