TPM is TPM and Not Anything Else
TPM is NOT…
TPM differs from other forms of helping ministries or counseling in significant ways. First of all, the process of TPM is NOT counseling, therapy, biblical instruction, guidance or direction in any form, but rather a prayer ministry. There are also many ministries out there that have the look and feel of TPM, but they are not. Since its inception in the mid-nineties there have been many off-shoots from TPM that have morphed into approaches similar to TPM. These other approaches may be very effective, but they are NOT TPM.
TPM follows a precise system that is based upon seven possible locations a person can be in any given ministry session. There is no guiding or directing, but only following the person and identifying where he is on the “MAP” and asking the ascribed questions designed to help him identify what he believes.
The implementation of TPM depends only upon the person receiving prayer. TPM does not require the facilitator to diagnose anything, figure things out, come up with solutions or answers, give direction, lead or direct, or present the truth that is needed. The TPM facilitator never offers counsel or advice, shares his opinion, provides spiritual insight, gives prophetic words, or speaks for God. He never gives direction by asking the person to envision anything, go to a “happy place,” or remember where he may have experienced the Lord before, etc. These practices are all forms of guided imagery, which should never occur in a TPM session. The role of the facilitator is to follow and never lead or guide.
The TPM facilitator limits himself to a specific and prescribed set of questions, which never changes from one session to the next, and these are only asked at the appropriate time and place in each session. The TPM process is very consistent and reliable.
Learn more by reading the article: Ministry Session Guidelines