“THE TPM STUDY GUIDE”

What You Need to Know:

Most of what has been posted on the TPM website will be replaced by the two books “The Essentials of TPM” and “The Process of TPM.” This was the plan from the beginning. The vast library of articles, videos, and practice sessions is the culmination of nearly five years of development and refinement which completely replaced the 2007 edition of the TPM training. The information found on the TPM website was to serve as a stopgap between the 2007 edition and the training that is currently being released (The “Essentials” and “Process” books). Any online articles that discuss concepts that are not covered in these two volumes will remain available on the website. We believe they will prove to be extremely beneficial to those who seek to “dig deeper.”

This new training consists of several basic texts, supporting videos, and practice exercises which are all formatted within the “TPM Study Guide.” This study guide is designed to help you to navigate through the TPM training.  The two primary texts are “The Essentials of Transformation Prayer Ministry” (SECOND EDITION) and  “The Process of TPM.”  You will need to obtain your own personal copies of these two books.

Additional training resources include the introductory book entitled, “Effortless Forgiveness,” the TPM MAP, ministry process demonstration videos (where Ed and Joshua role-play ministry scenarios), the new TPM Compass (which can help you determine where you are in a TPM session), the TPM Coach training exercises, and much more!

Both the “Essentials” book and the “Process” book, along with the online articles, videos, and practice sessions, will all be available in digital format to everyone at no cost! Everything you need to know regarding the Purpose, Principles, and Process of TPM will be made freely available online. This is thanks to the generous support of those of you who have chosen to donate to this ministry!

We strongly encourage you to have your own physical “hard copy” of these books. You are welcome to print your own copies from home, but it is likely much less expensive to simply order them. And the company we use to print the material (Blurb.com) regularly offers sales and multi-copy discounts! We pray that God uses the TPM training material to bless and enrich your walk with Him! Purpose to learn it well and apply it according to what is presented in the texts!

The TPM Training Material

The Essentials of TPM (2nd Edition)

“The Essentials of TPM” introduces the TPM Process, but it primarily discusses the Purpose and Principles of TPM. You will learn some of the history behind TPM, become familiar with the principles that it is built upon, discover the intended purpose for which it is to be implemented, as well as be introduced to what is involved in applying this ministry process. Within its pages lie several paradigm shifts that may potentially challenge some of your currently held beliefs, but they also potentially offer a fresh perspective on experiencing the fruit of the Holy Spirit, practical applications of Scripture, explanations for the various trials we face in life, and reliable method for attaining genuine, lasting freedom through God’s loving involvement in your life. 
320 Pages – Published Sep, 2019
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The Process of TPM (1st Edition)

“The Process of TPM” is the companion text to the book entitled “The Essentials of TPM.” These two books are the primary training resources of Transformation Prayer Ministry (TPM). Both books are necessary to fully understand and apply TPM. This book focuses primarily upon the application of TPM, what occurs in a ministry session, the roles of the people involved, the questions that are asked, and the proper use of the TPM MAP. This book will serve as a “field guide” for your future TPM sessions.  . This Process is a tried-and-true approach that has reportedly had positive and consistent results since its inception in 1995 for the many people using it. Any variation from this protocol, either through addition, augmentation, or reduction, is not to be considered “pure” TPM. 
276 Pages – Published Dec, 2019

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Effortless Forgiveness

Forgiveness from the heart is not something we can do by mustering up our willpower and just choosing to do it. The success rate of this model is sorely lacking. If we try our best to forgive and yet still feel animosity, offended, or remain angry with those who have hurt us, then something is amiss. Forgiving from the heart as Jesus forgave is an outcome of genuine compassion felt toward those who have hurt us (Matt. 18:27). This occurs effortlessly when we rightfully view the person and his offense through the eyes of truth. Forgiveness from the heart is a work of God accomplished in us by Him alone in the same manner as He produces the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). This “fruit” is an effortless outcome of knowing God’s truth with the heart. Only the Spirit can persuade us of the truth in this manner. By reading “Effortless Forgiveness” you will discover how to cooperate with the Spirit as He refines your faith/belief by persuading you of His truth, and thereby, releasing you to forgive effortlessly from your heart.
204 Pages – Published Feb, 2018

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The TPM PRocess MAP

The TPM MAP

At any point during a TPM session, you will be in one of the seven locations on “The MAP.” You will either be in the EMOTION Box, MEMORY Box, BELIEF Box, TRUTH Box, TRANSFORMATION Box, SOLUTION Box, or ANGER Box. And when you know where you are on “The MAP,” you will know what question needs to be asked. Initially, you will probably need to look at the Map as you practice applying the process, but at some point, you will master it and use it spontaneously.
Notice: You are encouraged to print-out your own copy of The MAP to use during your training and future ministry sessions.

The TPM PRocess Flowcharts

Much like the TPM Map, the TPM Process Flowcharts should prove helpful in your efforts to learn the TPM Process well. They can also be used to further equip any Mentees that you are Mentoring. These flowcharts illustrate the protocols that are discussed in “The Process of TPM.” Use them in your training to help keep everyone on track and as a guideline for role play exercises.

The EMOTION Box Flowchart

This flowchart serves as a visual representation of the protocol which is outlined in the third and fourth chapters of “The Process of TPM.”

Notice: Each of the TPM Process Flowcharts are to be used to supplement your reading of “The Essentials of TPM” and “The Process of TPM.” You are encouraged to print-out your own copy of The EMOTION Box Flowchart to use during your training and future ministry sessions.

The MEMORY Box Flowchart

This flowchart serves as a visual representation of the protocol which is outlined in the fifth chapter of “The Process of TPM.”

Notice: Each of the TPM Process Flowcharts are to be used to supplement your reading of “The Essentials of TPM” and “The Process of TPM.” You are encouraged to print-out your own copy of The MEMORY Box Flowchart to use during your training and future ministry sessions.

The SOLUTION Box Flowchart

This flowchart serves as a visual representation of the protocol which is outlined in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh chapters of “The Process of TPM.” (The next update to “The Process of TPM” will include the minor changes and additions shown on this TPM Flowchart.)

Notice: Each of the TPM Process Flowcharts are to be used to supplement your reading of “The Essentials of TPM” and “The Process of TPM.” You are encouraged to print-out your own copy of The SOLUTION Box Flowchart to use during your training and future ministry sessions.

The ANGER Box Flowchart

This flowchart serves as a visual representation of the protocol which is outlined in the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of “The Process of TPM.”

Notice: Each of the TPM Process Flowcharts are to be used to supplement your reading of “The Essentials of TPM” and “The Process of TPM.” You are encouraged to print-out your own copy of The ANGER Box Flowchart to use during your training and future ministry sessions.

SUPPLEMENTAL Training

TPM Process Demonstrations

In this library of videos, Dr. Ed Smith and his son Joshua demonstrate what it might look like to apply the TPM Process. They also role play various scenarios you might encounter in a TPM session.
Notice: Many of these videos were recorded before the release of the book, “The Process of TPM.” As such, if at any point the videos seem to differ from what is presented in the text, default to what is written in the training texts. This video library will be updated and expanded in the future.

TPM Coach: “Michelle”

This is Michelle, your own virtual TPM Coach! She is here to help you learn the TPM process well and apply it with confidence! This exercise provides you with a safe place to practice using The MAP and asking the various questions found in the TPM process. “Michelle” offers a challenge to those who are experienced in TPM while also extending a helping hand to those who are learning the basics.
Notice: If at any point these exercises seem to differ from what is presented in the book, “The Process of TPM, default to what is written in the training texts. This training tool will be updated and expanded in the future.

The TPM Compass

The “TPM Compass” is a training tool that is designed to help you determine where you are on “The Map” and clarify what you should do at any given point during the ministry process. It is not designed to tell you where to go, but only where you currently are on the “MAP.” However, if you know where you are, you should then also know what question needs to be ask next in the session.
Notice: Using the TPM Compass does not replace the need to learn the Purpose, Principles, and Process of TPM. It is intended to be used as a training tool.

How the Training Works

The “Essentials” book and the “Process” book work hand-in-hand as the centerpiece of your training. However, there is much more information that you will need to fulfill your training. This study guide will direct you to other sources of information (including articles, videos, and practice exercises) as you work through each of the chapters in the “Essentials” and “Process” books. This guide has been compartmentalized and organized into a twenty-week format.

Each week lists the training material that is to be read, viewed, or practiced before the corresponding week’s meeting. The articles, videos, and practice lessons are arranged in the order that you are to work through them. 

The items labeled “Going Deeper” are not mandatory, but they can be very helpful in expanding your understanding of various topics covered in the TPM training. You can print out this page in order to help you keep track of your training assignments.

Suggestions for “Leading” a TPM Training Group

Although it is possible to work through the training material by yourself, why would you? It would be better to work through it with a team of like-minded friends who are committed to finding the freedom that God has to offer. The ideal setting is your church group led by an organized leader who will keep the team on target and who can lead the way by example. However, the leader is NOT the teacher.

No Teacher Needed

There is no need for a “teacher” to be in the room. The training leader is him or herself a fellow learner traveling together with other fellow students. If someone takes the role of “teacher” then he or she has positioned him or herself between the group and the primary TPM source materials. Even the “best of the best” teacher will be reinterpreting the materials when he or she becomes the medium between the primary source of information and the student. No one needs to stand between the training itself and the rest of the class.

The assigned leader may facilitate the open discussion of the text, check to make sure everyone is completing assignments, facilitate during training exercises, ask deeper questions that pertain to the materials, assure that the team is staying on track, etc. but the materials should speak for themselves as well as the videos without further interpretation. No one needs to be the teacher since the training is self-taught.

Flexible Structure

We have deliberately chosen to not provide a ridged format for the training structure, but rather we allow each group to decide what their particular training “class” will look like. We have offered this study guide to give you a path to follow, but with the freedom to travel at your own pace and to structure what you do according to what is best for you.  There is no need to get in a hurry. Take your time. The goal is not to “finish” the course, but to retain, comprehend and master the information along the way. If you read the all of the TPM books, watch the videos and work through all of the exercises and yet only comprehend and retain 35% of what is there, can you really say that you have been trained? No. But you are on the way! Keep going!

Most of the videos are downloadable and can be put on a flash drive or all can be played directly on your computer or phone or shown through your video projector.  

2-Hour Block of Time

We suggest that you plan on a two-hour block of time for your weekly training. The first hour would be spent on watching the assigned videos, discussing the assigned chapters, and answering and discussing the study questions. The second hour should be spent on the practice exercises, role playing the TPM Process, making homework assignments, etc.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice the Process with your team as soon as you have worked through the chapter that introduces the MAP. The key word here is PRACTICE. Practice through role-playing a ministry session with someone in your group, not through an actual “real” session. There is no need to do live sessions when you first begin. It is more important that you understand the TPM Process and have a good understanding of the intention and purpose of every question than dealing with real life issues. Over time you will begin to do real sessions with people within your group. If possible, you should allow for practice every time you meet. Make an effort to learn the TPM Process well.

TPM as the Culture of the Church

TPM is for all members of the church. T.P.M. is not the “Troubled People’s Ministry” for helping the “wounded”, nor is it a pain managing ministry. It is a ministry of mind renewal and transformation designed for all people seeking to know truth that can transform them. TPM is a means by which ALL members of the Body of Christ can intentionally and purposefully cooperate with the work that God is doing in each of us. The focus of this ministry is to equip every member of the body of Christ with the tools and understanding necessary to intentionally cooperate with God as He refines our faith and transforms our lives.

You are encouraged to allow any member to participate in this training. However, carefully select those who will become Mentors with others within the ministry of your church. All members should be trained in the Purpose, Principles and Process of TPM for their own journey, but only a few should be assigned the role of Mentor. In the same way that all members are not called to be pastors, deacons or elders, not all are called to be Mentors in TPM.

It is our heart’s desire that church leaders would see the potential for dynamic church transformation, should the principles of TPM ever become a part of the fabric or culture of the church. What might it look like if the church body was applying the principles of this ministry as a lifestyle and a way of viewing life’s troubles and crises?

Free But Not Without Cost

Everything that you need to be fully trained in TPM has been made freely available in digital form on this website. However, just because it is free does not mean it is without cost. The ongoing investment of time, labor, and operational costs are all very real and require a continual influx of financial support. The training you are about to begin has been provided for you as a gift made possible by others who feel called to be sustaining supporters of this ministry. Will you consider becoming a sustaining partner with us as we seek to take TPM to the global Body of Christ? (Click here to show your support for this ministry.)

Translations

If your particular training group does not speak English, then for now, you will have to do as well as you can. We desire to make this training available in all languages, however, this will require the TPM community to rise up financially to make this happen. If the Lord places it upon your heart to be the one who makes TPM available to a specific language group let us know and we will make it happen.

NOTE: The blue text contains links to articles and videos. If an article contains videos, we highly recommend that you view them, as they supplement and expand the written portion of the article!

Also, there have been significant changes made in the SECOND EDITION of the book Essentials of Transformation Prayer Ministry. It is best if your group all uses the same edition if possible. If they have an older version of this book they can upgrade to the newer edition online without cost by clicking the link above.

TPM STUDY GUIDE

(Again, if any of the supporting articles, videos, or exercises differ from the “Essentials” book and the “Process” book, default to what is written in the printed text. All of the supplementary material will be updated and expanded in the future.)

Week One

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: “Introduction”

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter One: “Fake it ‘til you make it!”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: “Introduction”

-WATCH: “Introduction to Transformation Prayer Ministry

Going Deeper:

-READ: “The Benefits of TPM

-READ: “Discovered, Not Created

Watch: Additional Introduction Video

 

Week Two

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Two: “The History of TPM”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter One: “The Process: What Occurs in a Ministry Session”

-WATCH: “Introduction to the TPM Process Demonstrations

-WATCH:Simple Session

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Ministry Session Process (Part 1) – Overview

-READ: “Look to Jesus Before You Panic

-WATCH: “The Map Presentation

 

 

Week Three

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Three: “What TPM IS and IS NOT”

-READ: The Process of TPM: Chapter Two: “Knowing Where You Are on the Map”

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Understanding the Process Questions

-READ: “Expanded Explanation” (From the beginning of the article up to “Emotion Box” section)

 

 

Week Four

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: “Introduction to the Primary Paradigm Shifts”

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Four: “From Performance to Genuine Transformation”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Three: “The Emotion Box – Part One”

-PRACTICE:TPM Coach: Simple Session 1

-WATCH: “Brief Overview of Emotion Box for New Mentee

Going Deeper:

READ: “Transformation or Conformity

-READ: “Trying Harder to Overcome Sin Doesn’t Work

-READ: “Understanding the Emotion Box Questions

-READ: “The Purpose of the Second Emotion Box Question

-READ: “Expanded Explanation” (The Emotion Box Section)

 

 

Week Five

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Five: “From Double-mindedness to Purified Faith”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Four: “The Emotion Box – Part Two”

 -WATCH: “Asking the Emotion Box Questions Until the Mentee Repeats

Going Deeper:

-PRACTICE: “TPM Coach: Simple Session 1” (explore the “wrong” options)

-READ: “More Precious than Gold

-READ: “Peitho: Faith that is Pleasing to God

-READ: “Mind Renewal and the Spirit of the Mind

-READ: Association: By God’s Design

-READ: “Association: Basic Principles

-READ: “Association: When It Seems to Not Be Working

 

 

Week Six 

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Six: “From Battle to Victory”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Five: “The Memory Box”

-WATCH: “Asking the Looping Question in the Memory Box

-WATCH: “Minimal Information Needed in a TPM Session

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Controlled Behavior is Not a Fruit of the Spirit

-READ: “Transformation or Controlled Behavior

-READ: “We Do Whatever We Believe

-READ: “Expanded Explanation (Memory Box)

 

 

Week Seven

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Seven: “From Toxic Emotions to Trustworthy Emotions”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Six: “The Belief Box”

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Controlling Emotion is Not Spiritual

READ: “Clarifying and Identifying Heart Belief

 -READ: “Expanded Explanation” (The Belief Box Section)

 

 

Week Eight

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Eight: “From Enduring to Benefiting

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Nine: “From Blaming the Past to Owning the Present”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Seven: “The Truth Box”

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Running the Race without the Extra Weight

-READ: “The Divine Exchange: Affliction for Glory

-READ: “Our Value with God

-READ: “Illumination and Faith

-READ: “Expanded Explanation” (The Truth Box Section)

-READ: “Understanding the Truth Box Questions

 

 

Week Nine

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Ten: “From Satan as an Imposing Threat to a Beneficial Tool”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Eight: “The Transformation Box”

 PRACTICE: “TPM Coach: Simple Session 2

Going Deeper:

-READ: “The Clock Principle

-READ: “Understanding the Transformation Box Question

-READ: “Satan is Well Pleased with Our Best Effort

-READ: “Expanded Explanation” (The Transformation Box Section)

 

 

Week Ten 

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Eleven: “From Sinful Solutions to God’s Way of Release”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Nine: “Introduction to Solutions”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Ten: “The Solution Box”

-WATCH: “Problem, Solutions, and Why Diets Don’t Work

-WATCH: “Video Demonstration: “Solutions in a TPM Session

-WATCH: “Video Demonstration: “Solution (No Emotion) and Heart Belief (Helpless)

Going Deeper:

-PRACTICE: “TPM Coach: Simple Session 2” (explore the “wrong” options)

-READ: “Cooperating with God in His Handiwork

-READ: “God Completing the Work He Started

-READ: “Turn the Light On!

-READ: “Solutions: How they are Established

-READ: “Overview of the Solution Box

 

 

 

Week Eleven (CURRENT “TPM LIVE” READING)

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: “Introduction to the Three P’s of TPM”

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Twelve: “The Purpose: Why Do TPM at All”

-READ: “Trust and Authority

Going Deeper:

-READ: “What is Faith?

-READ: “Not All Faith is a Pure Faith

-READ: “Walking in a Pure Faith

-READ: Avoiding Workarounds

-READ: “When the Questions Don’t Appear to Work

-READ: TPM and Free Will

-READ: “The Solution Box Questions

-READ: “Solving the Problems of Heart Belief

 

 

Week Twelve

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Thirteen: “The Principles: The Foundation of What Should Happen in a Ministry Session”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Eleven: “Solution and Sin”

-WATCH: “Video Demonstration: “Solution (No Emotion) and Heart Belief (Helpless)

-WATCH: The Constant Effects of the Lies We Believe (Pain and Solutions)

-WATCH: “The Problem with Only Addressing Solution Behaviors

-PRACTICE: “TPM Coach: “No Emotion

Going Deeper:

-READ: When the Truth Does Not Feel True

-READ: The Sanctification of Belief

-READ: Faith is When Your Feet Touch the Bottom

-READ: “The Mentee’s Role in the TPM Process

 

 

 

Week Thirteen

Training Assignments:

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Twelve: “Introduction to Anger”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Thirteen: “The Anger Box”

-WATCH: “The Basics Principles of Emotion (Anger)

-WATCH: “Anger Role Play

-WATCH: “Video Demonstration: “Solution (No Memory, Anger) and Solution (Powerless, Weak)

-PRACTICE: “TPM Coach: Angry at Somebody

 Going Deeper:

-READ: “Anger in a Ministry Session

-READ: “Introduction to Anger

-READ: “Orientation, Process, and Explanation

-READ: “A Biblical View of Anger

 

Week Fourteen

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Fourteen: “The Process: What We Do in a Ministry Session”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Fourteen: “Truth-Based Pain”

-PRACTICE: “TPM Coach: Angry at God

-WATCH:Anger is a Stop Sign

Going Deeper:

-READ:  If you haven’t already, you are encouraged to begin your study through the book “Effortless Forgiveness” so that you have a good understanding forgiveness and how is an expected outcome of knowing the truth ourselves within our hearts.

-READ: God Is…

-READ: “The Anger Family

-READ: “Anger: Summary and Review

-READ: “Truth-based Pain: Principles

-READ: “Truth-based Pain: Process

 

 

Week Fifteen

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Fifteen: “Who Is Doing What in a Ministry Session”

-WATCH: “Taking the Holy Spirit out of the TPM Process

-PRACTICE: “The TPM Compass” (This is an invaluable tool! Be sure to practice using it so that you can use it effectively in a ministry session.)

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Characteristics of Heart Belief

-READ: “Troubleshooter’s Guide

 

 

Week Sixteen

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Sixteen: “General Overview of the TPM Process”

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Fifteen: “Demonization and Manifestations”

-WATCH: “Demonic Manifestation in a TPM Session

Going Deeper:

-READ: “When Our Conscience Condemns Us

-READ:Waiting for the Waters to Stir

 

 

Week Seventeen

Training Assignments:

-READ:  The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Seventeen: “Understanding the “MAP” and the Questions”

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Eighteen: “The SOLUTION Box and ANGER Boxes”

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Solving the Problems Caused by Heart Belief

-READ: “Heart Belief Supersedes Intellectual Belief

-READ: “Without Faith We Cannot Trust and Obey

 

 

Week Eighteen

Training Assignments:

-READ:  The Process of TPM: Chapter Sixteen: “Extended Discussions”

READ:  The Process of TPM: “Conclusion”

-WATCH: “Telling Yourself the Truth in a TPM Session

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Belief Series: Introduction

-READ: “Belief Series: Experiential Belief

-READ: “Belief Series: Intellectual Belief

-READ: “Belief Series: Assumptions and Conclusions

 

 

Week Nineteen

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Nineteen: “Becoming Aware of Our Triggers”

-READ: “Belief Series: Heart Belief

-READ: “Persuasion, Faith, and TPM

Going Deeper:

-READ: “Intellectual Belief is a Precursor to Faith

-READ: “Two Types of Heart Belief

-READ: “Is Heart Belief Experiential?

 

 

 

Week Twenty

Training Assignments:

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: Chapter Twenty: “Ministry Session Expectations”

-READ: The Essentials of TPM: “Conclusion”

-READ: “The “Sense” of the Heart

-READ: “Summary of All We Believe

Going Deeper:

-READ: “The Role of Memory and Heart Belief

 

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