“The one who prophesies speaks to people for their
strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” (1 Corinthians 14:3)
What is Prophetic Ministry?
Prophetic ministry is hearing from the Lord on behalf of someone else. Trained members of Bradley Epworth’s prophecy teams speak words of encouragement, comfort, and strength in the spirit of 1 Corinthians 14:1 and 3: “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy...Everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort” (NIV). We sincerely desire to hear from the Lord on behalf of those coming for ministry so that they may be encouraged and strengthened in their faith.
When Does Prophetic Ministry Take Place?
During the prayer ministry offered after the message. At the conclusion of the message, trained prayer ministers are available to pray for those desiring personal prayer. While receiving prayer you may be given a prophetic word to encourage you in your faith.
During the worship services. Bradley Epworth often receives prophetic words to minister to the corporate body. These words are tested by the Prophetic Leadership Team and the Pastors, and these words may be shared during the service.
During Encounter God Saturday. Personal prophetic ministry appointments and prophetic ministry training are available during our Encounter God Saturdays (the third Saturday of each month). Click here for more information on Encounter God Saturdays.
For Those Interested in Receiving Personal Prophetic Ministry
How can I receive personal prophetic ministry?
Personal prophetic ministry is offered during our Encounter God Saturdays (the third Saturday of each month). Registration opens at 12 pm, is first-come, first-serve and must be done in person. When you register you will be given an appointment time and will be encouraged to spend time in the sanctuary. We ask that you check in with the host five minutes before your appointment.
What if I don’t attend Bradley Epworth Church? Can I still receive personal prophetic ministry?
Yes! Anyone can receive personal prophetic ministry.
What can I expect once I check in?
When you check in, you will be directed to a seat on a back row in the sanctuary, where prayer ministers may pray over you. Please use the time while you are waiting to just be quiet before the Lord and ask Him to speak to you. Thirty minutes later you will be called into a different room for ministry. Two to three people receive ministry in the same room at one time. You do not have to do anything while you are receiving ministry. Just relax and receive from the Lord.
How long will the ministry take?
The prophetic ministry appointment is fifty minutes long and consists of thirty minutes of soaking prayer in the sanctuary and twenty minutes of prophetic ministry in a separate room.
Why do you require thirty minutes of soaking prayer as part of the prophetic ministry appointment?
We desire that every person hear specific words of encouragement from the Lord during their ministry appointment, and we have found that spending time in the Lord’s presence increases people’s receptivity to the Lord’s voice.
What can I expect during the ministry time?
Our trained prophetic ministers will welcome you, introduce themselves, and direct you to a seat. They will begin the ministry time in prayer, asking God what he would like to say to you to encourage you. They will wait upon the Lord, listening for what he says, and then they will share with you what they have heard.
The prophetic ministers in our prophecy rooms do not operate in the office of a prophet, but rather have learned to move in the gift of prophecy, knowing and prophesying “in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9). The prophetic minister's responsibility is to listen to the Holy Spirit and accurately speak what they hear; the recipient's responsibility is to judge their words according to the Word of God. “Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).
We do not give directional words, nor are we looking for darkness or sin in people’s lives. We suggest that recipients not make major decisions based on one prophetic word, but rather pray for divine confirmation of what is spoken and discard anything to which the Holy Spirit does not bear witness.
Will the appointment be recorded?
Recipients are responsible for recording their appointment.
How do you minister to families?
Husbands, wives, and children will receive ministry together unless they request to be separated. Large families may be separated into two rooms at the discretion of the ministry leader.
Is there a charge for the ministry?
No, the ministry is free. However, we do accept donations, which are used toward the expenses associated with Encounter God Saturday. Make your check payable to “Bradley Epworth Church” and place “Encounter God Saturday” in the memo line.
For Those Interested in Learning What the Bible Says About Prophecy
I’m interested in learning more about prophecy. What can I do?
Every spring Bradley Epworth offers a semester long course, “Introduction to the Prophetic” for those interested in learning more about prophecy or those interested in becoming a prophetic minister at Bradley Epworth. This class provides a foundational Scriptural perspective on the purpose of prophecy, its function in the life of the believer, and the necessity of cultivating this gift in the context of the growth of the believer’s character in the fruit of the Spirit. Each class includes times of demonstration of the teaching and opportunity for attendee’s participation.
The course is offered every Encounter God Saturday (the third Saturday of each month) and lasts from January through May. Anyone is welcome to attend, even if they miss previous session(s). Prior to the start of the course, check Bradley Epworth’s website for the class time and location.
For Those Interested in More Teaching or Training to Minister Prophetically
I have completed the “Introduction to the Prophetic” course. Is other training available?
After participants attend all sessions of the “Introduction to the Prophetic” course, they are invited to join the “Maturing in the Prophetic” course. This “hands-on” course meets in a small group format during Encounter God Saturdays from September to May. “Maturing in the Prophetic” integrates practical gift development (participants join one of Bradley Epworth’s prophetic ministry teams) with increased biblical teaching. The small group format intentionally allows for more group discussion, ministry to participants, and relationship development among participants.
Can I minister prophetically at Bradley Epworth?
Anyone interested in ministering prophetically at Bradley Epworth is required to complete the “Introduction to the Prophetic” and the “Maturing in the Prophetic” courses, which will not only provide participants with solid Biblical teaching on the prophetic but provide the opportunity to begin to minister prophetically under the leadership of Bradley Epworth’s Pastors and Prophetic Leadership Team.
Who oversees Bradley Epworth’s prophetic ministry?
The prophetic ministry at Bradley Epworth is led by our Prophetic Leadership Team, with the oversight of the Pastoral Team.
Still have more questions?
If you would like more information regarding Bradley Epworth’s prophetic ministry, please contact the church office.