Lesson 13: The Pastor and The Prophet
Lecturer: Apostle Colette Toach
Based on Message 01 of Today's Prophet by Apostle Colette Toach
Its not secret really. The prophet and the pastor are sometimes like two rams hitting heads. Why does it seem that there is always this struggle in the church with these two ministries? Can the two even exist together? Then... HOW can they function together?
Hopefully I will help you understand today who is at fault and then what you can do to ease the tension in your church... or perhaps pass the counsel on to others.
Why All This Struggle?
You need to keep in mind that even though both ministries are of the Lord, that both have a different emphasis. The prophet sees things in black and white, while the pastor sees the various shades of grey. The prophet wants everyone to change NOW, while the pastor knows that it takes time and teaching for people to change. Both ministries are needed in the church.
You need the prophet's passion and their love for the Lord and you need the pastors patience and love for the people.
Can the Two Exist Together
For the longest time I did not think that they could. Mentoring the prophets in our first prophetic school I saw how pastors did not understand them. I saw many problems. Then as the Lord started expanding AMI and we established our own churches something very miraculous happened. We discovered that pastors and prophets could work together! In fact, I started to notice that prophets in training did not need to leave the local church for their phase of training, because the pastor would act as the midwife for their calling.
How Can They Exist Together?
So can the two exist together? Yes, but it is going to take a bit of understanding from both sides!
Firstly the prophet needs to understand that if he (or she) has submitted himself to a local church that he is under the leadership of that pastor/elder. So even if they do get a word from God, if the pastor does not like it... then it is the pastor's call. It is up to him to accept or reject it and take responsibility before the Lord. Next the pastor needs to harness the qualities of the prophet and not be intimidated by them. He also needs to be a strong enough leader to give the prophet room to function, but also be bold enough to give correction if it is needed. Allow the other prophets to judge the words. Do a little bit of studying yourself! Understand that the prophets in your church are in the throes of preparation and need your help to guide them through it.
Prophets: Do not be arrogant. The Lord has placed the pastor there to be His chisel at times and His midwife at others. Submit in love. Speak with power and then leave the rest with the Holy Spirit.
Pastors: Do not be hard headed. Utilize this ministry in your church. Do not be afraid to be firm, but also be extravagant in your love and understanding.
NOTE: In Lesson 20 I explained the difference between prophetic ministry and prophetic office. I want you to know that today's lesson refers to those prophets in ministry and to those submitted to a local church.