This article addresses the entrepreneurial process of social entrepreneurs. In order to distinguish the phases of this process and the transitions from one phase into another, we use the focus of discernment, a practice from spiritual tradition. We combine this focus with the analysis of previous scientific research into the entrepreneurial process, in order to design a phased model of the process and to research the crossroads where the transition from one phase into another takes place. Furthermore we have tested this model on empirical data using discourse analysis. The data consist of 20 in-depth interviews with Dutch social entrepreneurs, conducted in the last two years. This testing shows that the phased model is useful for the coding of the interviews and leads to relevant propositions to be discussed. Moreover, the phasing of the entrepreneurial process is relevant information for those who want to support social entrepreneurs, be it in training, coaching and consultancy, be it in supportive policy and legislation.