Advice from a Modern-Day Prophet: Q&A with Dan McCollam - Kris Vallotton

May 17, 2019

It’s weird how we have no trouble calling every leader on a church staff “pastor.” In most cultures that would be true whether the person has a pastoral gift or not. But many churches are afraid to call anyone “prophet.” That seems grossly unbiblical and disproportionate to me since the word “prophet” is mentioned in the Bible hundreds of times more often than the word “pastor.” – Dan McCollam

If the Body of Christ wants to effectively rise up and influence the course of history, we must first understand the epoch season in which we live — with insight into what is God saying, and how our Father is moving, so that we may move with Him. God is calling noble prophets and prophetesses, who are comfortable in the courts of kings (and who also love the poor and broken) to apprehend this call and their destiny! God has also commissioned His New Testament prophets and prophetesses, and highly prophetic people, to train and equip the King’s royal army of saints so that they can displace darkness and build with light.

In order for the office of the prophet and prophetess to be fully restored to society and to the church, we need wise leaders who can develop a process that prepares them for the challenges that lie ahead. One such leader who has weathered the storms that many prophets must face with profound grace and deep insight is Dan McCollam, and I’m excited for you to hear from him today.

I have known Dan McCollam for almost two decades. Together we have trained and equipped thousands of people in both the office of the prophet and the gift of prophecy. Dan is one of the wisest and most insightful people that I’ve ever have had the privilege of knowing.

I interviewed Dano (as we lovingly call him) because I want you to hear from a prophet on what it’s like to be called by God to this office, and to be developed and deployed into your call and divine destiny.

If you think you may be called to be a prophet — to the church or in another sphere of influence — or if you’re a leader who wants to operate synergistically with the prophets around you, check out this interview and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

1. Q: Tell us a little about yourself, your passions and your ministry.

A: I grew up in a conservative religious environment so when I met Jesus in a personal way, it made a radical impact on my life. Perhaps that is why I’m so passionate about people having God-encounters. One real encounter with God changes everything!

Today, I lead the Prophetic Company at The Mission in Vacaville, California. I teach and train in prophecy and the supernatural lifestyle around the world and I oversee a missions organization called Sounds of the Nations that is currently working in 70 language groups.

2. Q: We started the School of the Prophets years ago. Tell me what made you want to start this school?

A: It’s weird how we have no trouble calling every leader on a church staff “pastor.” In most cultures that would be true whether the person has a pastoral gift or not. But many churches are afraid to call anyone “prophet.” That seems grossly unbiblical and disproportionate to me since the word “prophet” is mentioned in the Bible hundreds of times more often than the word “pastor.”

When you asked me to start the School of the Prophets with you many years ago it was a chance to shape what the prophetic would look like in our generation and the one to come. I believe it is time for the church to acknowledge it’s prophetic foundation and embrace the role and office of prophet. That’s why I believe schools of the prophets are so important.

3. Q: How did you receive your call to be a prophet?

A: You were the first one to call me a prophet. To be honest, I didn’t believe you at first. I taught in the School of the Prophets for three years before really acknowledging that I had that call. I saw my role as a prophetic teacher but not a prophet.

At our third year of School of the Prophets, James Goll stood up in the very first meeting and said, “Dano, God says you are a prophet…” He went on to describe everything that I am currently doing in the nations and how that fulfilled my call as a prophet. I finally believed and that started my more official role as a prophet.

4. Q: What were some of your struggles when you first received your call? How did you work through them?

A: I think one of my struggles was with the idea of what a prophet is. In the Bible, there are many flavors of prophets: those who teach and train, those who counsel others, those who intercede, those who demonstrate signs and wonders. Some of the greatest prophets in the Bible (Elijah and Elisha) gave very few sermons or prophetic words. Their words were brief and powerful and backed up by the authority of heaven.

My wrong idea that all prophets looked the same kept me from recognizing my own role as a prophet. My current primary role as a prophet is appointing apostolic and prophetic worship leaders in nations and equipping them to recognize what God is saying over their city or nation so they can sing it. I’ve been compared to Jeduthan in the Bible during the time of David’s tabernacle.

I also have an assignment to train people in the gift of prophecy through activations and to shape prophetic communities. I believe that the best way to learn prophecy is by prophesying. I love coming up with strategies for teaching people the different ways that God speaks, what prophecy looks like as a life skill not just a ministry school, and a how-to for prophetic communities. Those assignments really shape my role as a prophet.

5. Q: What was the process like (and how long was it) from getting your call to actually step into it?

A: I spent fifteen years training under a prophetic mentor as a youth pastor and worship leader. He would often have me prophesy over hundreds of people at a time. Sometimes, he would just hand me the phone and say, “Prophesy over this person.” I learned to always be ready by working with him. Later, as an itinerant, we had several prophets based out of our church, including Graham Cooke. My prophetic call has also been greatly impacted by you, Kris.

6. Q: If there was one thing you could tell your younger self about the prophetic, what would it be?

A: Don’t wait so long to start moving in your authority. David didn’t need a throne to act like a king. Step into your God-given authority.

7. Q: How does community play into you operating as a prophet? Do you have any personal stories that speak to this?

A: I’m a huge believer and builder of prophetic community. Prophetic community should not be made of just prophets, we need the whole body. Everyone is prophetic even though not everyone is a prophet. We all know in part and see in part. No matter how much you see it’s only a part of a greater picture. That picture can only be completed within the context of a greater prophetic community.

I like to tell this story: I came home from a huge national prophetic event and my wife is really sweet, but she said, “Hey, mister prophet, if you can see everything how come you can’t see that the trash needs to be taken out and the lawn needs to be mowed?” I love this because it pointed to the practical things that I wasn’t seeing that relate to community and real life. No matter how many heavenly experiences someone has, it has to come back to a practical expression of love within a community. Other people see things too. Never discount that. You need their piece as much as they need yours.

8. Q: What do you feel God is doing on the earth at this time?

A: I’m so excited about prophetic communities springing up around the world. People are joining together prophetically and experiencing a synergy of creativity and authority. We are seeing the advance of the prophetic as a life skill, not just a ministry skill, and learning new protocols for how the prophetic can integrate into every sphere of society.

9. Q: What do you feel God wants to do at the School of the Prophets this year? Any prophetic inklings or words?

A: School of the Prophets is not just about the teaching content, though that is amazing; it’s about connections. This is a season of prophets gathering in prophetic companies to establish a synergy that accelerates all of our experience and impact to another level.

Kris, you and I have talked about deployment this year being a major theme. I believe there will be a breakthrough in understanding prophetic assignments, and wisdom and authority to advance them. Both of us have grace for prophetic strategies and I think there will be a unique impartation from that place this year.

10. Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: I’m excited about the idea exchange that happens in meetings where there is value for prophetic community. I have learned so much this year from other prophets ministering in high levels of government and to major word influencers. We can accelerate everyone’s journey through shared knowledge and impartation. I’m very excited to be in that atmosphere!

The School of the Prophets is happening this August! If this blog resonated with you, I’d love for you to join us this year. Over this 5-day intensive school, we will cover many of the subjects that need to be mastered so that prophets and prophetesses can successfully wear their mantle and fulfill their divine mission. You can sign up here, and I hope to see you there!

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