What is the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement (SDM)?

look first at Jim Jones of the The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ, commonly shortened to People’s Temple, his religious movement founded in 1955  > known world-wide for the Jones Town massacre in 1978) > theological roots in the NOLR Restorationist movement.

Jones attacked the bible + claimed to heal the sick, raise the dead + claimed he had

“come in the person of Christ the Revolution.”

A portion from one of his sermons here:

Apostle/Prophet to combat social ills < compare > ecclesiastical structures to NAR’s Shepherding/Discipleship movement.

leaders of the SDM back in the 1970s = same ideas espoused by contemporary NAR Apostles, Prophets and Leaders like C. Peter Wagner, Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, Cindy Jacobs, Lance Wallnau, + Michael Brown.

Pat Robertson =  part of the NAR and is an NARpostle.

The Shepherding Movement started in 1970 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida > “The Fort Lauderdale Five”= Ern Baxter, Derek Prince, Charles Simpson, Don Basham and Bob Mumford, came together to “bring maturity” to the Charismatic Renewal.

Charles Simpson = architect of “the shepherding system” with one “shepherd/pastor” over 8-12 individuals

strongest critics in Charismatic Movement = Pat Robertson, Demos Shakarian + David J. du Plessis.

Shepherding Movement original form end in 1986


Preceding articles

Place for a fifth and sixth house in Christendom

History of the NAR cult infiltrating the marketplace

What is the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI)?

C. Peter Wagner – The Don Quixote of Evangelicalism (Part 1): Knighted as a General

Using Alexander Dowie’s “altar call” system to suggest that they are God’s instrument to furthering the Kingdom of God here on earth


Further reading

  1. Fishy
  2. The Shepherding Movement by Brother Maynard – Subversive Influence blog
  3. Reassembling the Ft. Lauderdale Five! SpiritWars000000029
  4. Conspiracies, Cults and Mainstream Christianity: How Five Men Changed the World
  5. (Update) Confusion over Kevin Conner being considered an Apostle (spiritual father).
  6. Book Summary: Does your tongue need healing? (Derek Prince, 1993)
  7. Watch “Derek Prince: Spiritual Conflict” on YouTube
  8. Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People Today – Making Sense of Trials & Tribulations in Your Life,” by Derek Prince – A Book Review
  9. “A Healing Prayer: Take God’s Medicine 3 Times a Day” Mark Virkler, Cheektowaga, NY
  10. Sunday Go to Meeting Bun

ChurchWatch Central

In the articles below, NARpostle Jan-Aage Torp talks about Pat Robertson’s involvement in dealing with the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement (SDM). But before that, we need to look at Jim Jones of the People’s Temple Cult in the 1960s and 70s (known world-wide for the Jones Town massacre in 1978). While we might assume the cult of Jones emerged from nowhere, it had its theological roots in the NOLR Restorationist movement. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that Jones was more open about his Apostolic/Revolutionary mandate in his sermons and his social transformational ‘apostolic socialism’ gospel.


Within Jim Jones’ cult, he attacked the bible (“The Bible is a dangerous— it’s dangerous as arsenic…”) – claimed to heal the sick, raise the dead and claimed he had “come in the person of Christ the Revolution.” A portion from one of…

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