Introduction The term “Prophet” is used broadly in this presentation to describe a person who is living from a strong sense of chosen purpose. This purpose fuels their mission and shapes their message.• I am assuming a Judeo-Christian understanding of purpose, calling and message.
Mini-Cycles, Maxi-Cycle• The five steps in this cycle repeat on a smaller cycle over and over as well as on a more grand scale over a lifetime.
Cycle One: The Calling is Recognized• “I MUST go!” The servant of God receives his or her call. This call may “break in” on them or they may uncover their call over a period of time. Either way, they are inspired to surrender to the call and draw identity, inspiration and life direction from it.
Cycle Two: The Calling is Engaged• “Here I go!” The prophet begins to live into their calling and learn their first lessons in accomplishing it. They act “as if”. This is the season of their “first bloom” in which the call is confirmed, put into motion and some successes are identified.
Cycle Three: The Runner Stumbles• “Where did it go?” Reversal, crisis, missteps or other factors cause the call to be questioned. Obscurity, doubt, reassessment, shedding and sometimes abandonment of the call are all possible outcomes.
Cycle Four: The Calling is Re-engaged• “Here I go again” A new season of ministry is inaugurated. It comes from a deeper, more refined place. The prophet’s identity is now merged with their calling (no more “as if”). There is evidence of convergence. A certain fearlessness is displayed.
Cycle Five: The Sun Sets• “There YOU go!” A legacy is prepared. The prophet begins a graceful exit or some kind of disengagement begins. The focus is to pass on the call or empower others. The prophet’s role shifts more to fathering / mothering / mentoring in a quest to add value to up-and-comers.