Most of you have seen Archbishop Bernard Jordan and Bishop George Bloomer promoting the next Prophetic College: The Prophetic Commons that will be held on September 25th & 26th. But, what is the prophetic commons exactly?
First, let’s look at the economic term “commons”. It pertains to the natural and cultural resources that all the members of the society have access to, which includes the basic necessities that human beings need to survive.
For example, some of these basic necessities include the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we cultivate and live off. In a country, you have public spaces and resources that the neighborhood has access to. They are held in “common” and not publicly. The purpose of a commons is for the collective benefit and use.
Another definition of the term is social practice for managing resources. The community of users self-govern the resources, without the interference of the government or private institution, through a system that this community creates.
Therefore, when we look at the prophetic community, we have to ask these questions:
- What is our “Prophetic Commons”?
- What resources do we share in the church?
The prophetic community is also a community of users who access the Prophetic Commons for what they need. As a distinction, the Prophetic Commons pertain to the spiritual, financial, and human resources that all members of the community have access to. It is intended for the building of the Body of Christ.
The Prophetic Commons is self-governed by the prophetic community according to a system of integrity, accountability, as well as love and respect for one another, for the glory of the Lord.
What are the examples of the resources that are available for the prophetic community?
These include the spiritual gifts of the members of the church. They also include the monetary fund that is raised through donations.
The Prophetic Commons can also encompass the elders, prophets, the staff, and the congregation. The people are the most valued resource of the Prophetic Commons because without the people all resources are basically futile.
“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceed to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:44-47 ESV)
Learn more about The Prophetic Commons at the next The Prophetic College on September 25th & September 26th, from 10am to 4pm. Archbishop Bernard Jordan and Bishop George Bloomer look forward to seeing you there! Register here.