Prophetic Vision Casting Versus Practical Teaching

I’ve only attended two churches since 1996. But I’ve been exposed to dozens of ministries through conferences, mp3s, and books. And I’ve encountered at least two types of ministry that are both powerful yet incomplete: prophetic vision casters and practical life teachers. There’s a place for both in the earth. In fact, I think there must be a place for both within each church.

Prophetic Vision Casters

It’s not enough to cast vision and get people excited. Eventually, the excitement fades and the repetition of the vision only serves to taunt the people for what has not yet been fulfilled. Without vision, the people perish. But hope deferred makes the heart sick.

I’ve seen and experienced a culture where there was an abundance of prophetic vision being cast toward the future. Plans and purposes and amazing things. But there was almost no practical life teaching. After a while, I tuned out what was spoken because the words became a meaningless gong in my ear. I was heartbroken over what had been promised yet had not occurred.

Practical Scriptural Teachers

Then I experienced the flipside of that pendulum. I was surrounded with practical, useful life teachings. Things like what it means to walk by the Spirit, how to forgive, and what it means for the Word to live in me. These teachings are especially useful. But it was the flipside, and there was little to no prophetic vision casting for the church.

Each church has a prophetic calling and destiny. A purpose within their city and the Body of Christ. And while it’s essential to witness and heal and prophesy and help, without a vision, the people flounder about. They know what they’re supposed to do, but they don’t have a vision for where it leads. They don’t see their purpose. They don’t bear a corporate identity about them day in and day out.

The church today needs to find the complimentary foundation stones of practical Scriptural teaching and powerful prophetic vision. We despise feeling empty on the inside and we can’t bear to wander about without direction.

So Where’s the Balance?

I’ve been asking the Lord what this means. Each church and ministry seems to have a focus. A strength. And it seems unfair to expect each ministry to be perfectly balanced. In other words, we operate out of our primary giftings more than our weakest giftings. So maybe each church cannot become a microcosm of balance and harmony. Maybe each local church body functions as a limb, intended to serve the purposes of the entire body when working in coordination with its connecting parts.

The Connection

But if so, how are these parts connected? There must be more to “being the Body” than just saying “we’re the Body”! It seems to me that there must be a strategy by which we integrate and work together with those closely connecting parts. Your thoughts are welcome. Too often we walk away from a problem with a simple statement of agreement that there’s a need. Something like: “Yep, we need a balance of prophetic vision and practical Scriptural teaching. Good word!” But that solves nothing.

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  1. Having been at both of those churches with you, I totally agree with your assessment. No ideas on a solution, though : – (
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  2. i, too, have noticed this very thing. the difficulty, as you mentioned, is finding that balance, which requires the visionaries and the implementers to work together and cover the weaknesses of the other. i hope to see this happening more and more…

    good post!

  3. Daniel/Heather,
    While it would be difficult for one local church assembly to walk in total balance on these two fronts on any given Sunday. Living in true Biblical relationships throughout the week can fill the missing ingredient. I think the missing ingredient is a lack of spiritual moms/dads. A spiritual mom/dad has a prayerful and watchful eye on their spiritual children. They will sacrifice for the good of their children. If prophetic vision is needed then they give it. If practical steps are needed the give that. A Senior Pastor, Congregational leader or a Ministry head can’t father/mother more than about 10 -12 people effectively.

    In my 20’s & 30’s I so earnestly desire some mature spiritual man to mentor/father me but to no avail. Then in my 40’s I grew angry and bitter because no one would step up and help me. The Lord spoke to my heart and said “let go of the anger and bitterness and let Me heal your heart”. I did and He spoke very clearly to me to “start to father someone in need”. I said “but I have no spiritual father to show me the way”. He said, ” I know but I’ll give you everything you need to be a good spiritual father”.

    So for 6 out of the last 10 years I’ve had the Lord teach me what a spiritual father/mother is and does. Finally the last 4 years have been fruitful. We have a handful of spiritual children we meet with every few weeks (though we speak every week) and about 20 we meet with 6-8 times a year. We father/mother a Senior Pastor in another state, an associate Pastor out of this region of the state and a Youth Pastor here in north Texas.

    Daniel and Heather with this said, I must ask your forgiveness for my personal failure and for my generation’s failure of not being ready or willing to father/mother your generation. Will you both forgive us because we really do want the Lord’s best for you and we’re willing to help you with what the Lord has given us? It is through our selfish desire to be fathered spiritually that lead to our failure to see we must begin to be a father/mother in the Lord.

    It is incumbent on the previous generation to help father the younger generation as we have been fathered spiritually. Though many of us were not fathered however we knew the hurt, frustration and feelings of rejection that come with missing a spiritual dad/mom. Now I know you didn’t write this article to get me to apologize. None the less it was a needful thing at least on my part.

    Daniel/Heather we are proud of who you have become and our heart yearns in prayerful pursuit for your success in the Lord.

  4. Hi Daniel! I found your post from the mommypotamus site. My husband and I should have met you guys long ago! We are from the dfw area and have the same vision, prophetic ally and homestead ing -wise. Would love to know more about your(or should I say, y’all s) journey! You guys seem to have the same mind as us.

    1. Hi Rachel! I’m so sorry for not responding to your comment sooner. I stopped sharing a lot of the details about our journey because I got so busy with our business and facing some serious health challenges. I’d love to chat more if you ever find your way back here to check for replies. 🙂

  5. So true! In my journey, I have also seen both sides of the spectrum and wonder if there can be a well-rounded balance of both within the church.
    Thanks for this post.

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