An Introduction to TPM
“I just want to feel better!”
We’re glad that you have chosen to learn about Transformation Prayer Ministry (TPM) and how it may benefit your life. People typically seek out TPM because they feel bad about something and they want the bad feelings to go away. This is because they see their emotional pain as a problem that needs to be resolved or an ailment that needs to be alleviated. They often have already tried many other things to resolve their “pain problem” and hope that TPM will bring lasting relief.
No one likes to feel bad, but it is because of our negative emotions that we know something is wrong. When we identify the real problem and find true and lasting relief, our emotions will change accordingly. However, focusing on changing the way we feel will lead to a perpetual cycle of pain management. TPM is not about managing pain, but resolving the root problem that is the source of our pain.
The Real Reason for the “Bad” Feelings
For many, it is surprising to discover that the true purpose of TPM is NOT to make bad feelings go away. Emotion plays an important role in TPM, but emotional pain is not viewed as the problem that we seek to resolve. We view emotional pain as a means by which to address the real problem. Emotional pain is a part of the warning system God created to grab our attention and motivate us to come to Him for truth and comfort. In a sense, the pain is our friend; it first lets us know that something is wrong and then points us in the direction that we need to go order to find freedom.
“We feel whatever we believe.”
It’s just as surprising for some people to discover that no one or thing is causing them to feel what they are feeling. It seems natural to assume that I feel bad because of what has happened to me or because of the situation that I am in, but this is just not so. A foundation principle of TPM is that we feel whatever we believe. Our beliefs determine how we view and interpret life as it happens. And this interpretation of our situation determines what we feel in the midst of it. The good news is, if our belief changes, then our emotion will naturally change as well; even if our situation remains the same.
No Doctors or Patients Here
People sometimes mistakenly view the TPM facilitator as the “physician” who will hopefully “fix” them or tell them what to do in order to overcome the problem. Those same people then view themselves as “patients” who needs “healing.” Both of these viewpoints—TPM as a pain reliever and the doctor/patient model—are misleading and do not accurately describe the purpose of TPM or the relationship of those involved.
Mentors and Mentees
First of all, it is important for you not to view the facilitator as the one who will be dispensing anything—words of knowledge, spiritual direction, answers, opinions, counsel, biblical truth or steps to take—but rather view him or her as the mentor of a ministry process in which you are an active participant. He will not diagnose your life situation or offer you any counsel or advice about your current circumstance. He is actually more of a trainer or mentor, who will train and equip his “mentee” with the principles, process, and purpose of TPM.
Becoming Equipped for the Journey
As you begin this journey, you should not view yourself as a recipient of ministry, but rather as a mentee; someone who is being trained and equipped. You will learn this process and it will, hopefully, become a personal life skill and daily practice. You are here to gain a new perspective on your current situation as well as learn a process that will serve you well throughout your life. This is your journey and you can equip yourself for the journey.
There is nothing the facilitating mentor will do during a session that you, the mentee, cannot learn to do yourself. The mentor possesses no special knowledge, other than what is also freely available to you. As the mentee, you are encouraged to take personal responsibility for becoming well equipped in the knowledge and understanding of all that pertains to this ministry model. Everything your mentor knows about TPM is available to you on this website.
TPM as a Lifestyle and Practice
As you learn this process, you should be able to work in tandem with the prayer minister and, at some point, begin administering the process by yourself. It is vital to not view the ministry session as the place where you go to get “fixed” or as a way to manage or defuse your emotional pain. Rather, you should view every session as a place where you can come to better understand TPM as a lifestyle and daily practice. Treat the session as supervised practice rather than a time to get “cleaned-up.”
The following videos provide a general overview of Transformation Prayer Ministry. You will learn some of the basic concepts and principles upon which this ministry is postured.
If you would like to learn more, download the FREE TPM training material or order physical copies from the books.
This is your journey. Be diligent to prepare and equip yourself for it.
I have utilized TPM and been a facilitator for TPM many years. Thank you Dr. & Mrs. Smith, Joshua and others for it. I also appreciate greatly you all allowing the Holy Spirit to transform it to what what it is now. TPM is one of the ways we, the people of God, become our authentic selves. The Lord continue to bless all of you working on the behalf of TPM.
I am happy and grateful that you are demonstrating these sessions to show how the process has improved over the years. I have been to two of your past workshops in the Pittsburgh, PA area and still use TPM.
I am a licensed counselor and some come to me for prayer alone and I am thankful that you are offering these videos.
God bless you in your work,
Lynette Hawrot, LPCCS
I had my first experience with TPM which I had never heard of before. I went actually upset with myself because I felt like I was double-minded, confused, not even sure what was wrong with me but I was sure SOMETHING was wrong with me! During this prayer session, questions were asked, like when was the first time I had ever felt this way. I was never asked to reveal my memory details. That was unimportant. Only I needed to view my memories and identify what I was feeling. As we went deeper into my memories and life, feelings began to become more clarified. This is the thing, we came to a very early memory, I described my feelings, I felt so much pressure, so much hopelessness, so out of control, I was in tears and then the facilitator asked God to show me what he wanted me to see/know. In a moment, I realized because I could see, it was not my fault that I couldn’t control the situation, it was beyond my control. I suddenly felt peace! I have lived 58.5 years feeling like I was a failure because I was unable to control situations, situations that were beyond my control but the pressure to make them right, fix them, was always there for me anyway. I truly believed things were my fault, if I just did ____________ everything would have worked. Sometimes I didn’t even know what ___________ was, but I was sure it was my responsibility and my wrong. In a flash of revealed truth, God’s truth, it was GONE! All of it! I now know and believe, IT WAS NOT MY FAULT! It was not for me to control! That is why I am on this website. There is nothing newage about this! God is light. His truth is a LIGHT unto our path! His truth sets us free. I can’t believe how simple it was! I am so grateful for this revelation and I plan to learn so that I can facilitate for others. THANK YOU!
How do we find TPM fascilitators?
Wonderful useful valuable.
Hello. I am beginning to work through the material on your website. I am also very interested in training and experiencing the process in person. Do you have conferences or classes or personal training available? We would love to be mentored in this process and bring it back to our church in Rocky Point, NC.
Like others whose comments I’ve read, I hope to find a facilitator. Are there any in Northern New Jersey or Central Florida. Please help
We are very sorry and we wish we could help, but we cannot make a referral concerning any person that may say that they are doing TPM. We have no way to know what anyone is doing in ministry so we do not have a listing of people who are equipped in TPM. It has been our experience that just because a person takes the training and says that they are doing TPM is not a guarantee that this is so. Since we have no way to verify what any person is doing, we are unable to make any recommendations.
We do encourage you to be very careful about from whom you receive ministry. Be sure that they are under the authority of a local church or Christian ministry. Also, while you wait for the Lord to open the door, take the time to equip yourself with the TPM training. It is freely available to you at https://www.transformationprayer.org It is vital that you understand TPM so that when you do find someone you will be able to determine if what they are doing is indeed TPM or something else.
In the INTRODUCTION of the training there is an article title Ministry Session Guidelines that will give you a good overview of what you should expect from a person who says they are using TPM.
From the HOMEPAGE menu, Click the START TRAINING HERE button and follow the suggested path of training. Begin with the INTRODUCTION and then proceed to the rest of the training.
We will pray that the Lord opens doors for you to find the right person.
As of this post we do not have any live training scheduled. However, we are looking at the possibility of doing some this next fall or the spring of 2019. Keep watching this website for any announcements that will be made.