School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Charlie N. Davidson, Daniel W. Hirchhman
Brainwashing, Cults, Love Bombing, Steps, Worldwide Church of God
Christian Denominations and Sects | Ethics in Religion | New Religious Movements | Other Religion | Religion
Waters, Brandon, "Breaking Free from Cults: A Guide for Pastors to Lead Individuals to A New Christian Identity" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1157.
The spiritual scars inflicted on individuals who severed relationships with religious cults or legalistic institutions are widespread. This research will show former cultist experienced spiritual, mental and physical abuse in the Worldwide Church of God (WCG). Through a survey of 150 former members of the WCG and thirty evangelical local pastors, this research will validate the need for support for those individuals seeking personal recovery and the formation of a new spiritual identity. This thesis project produced a manual to assist pastors in understanding the needs of former cultists, specifically in assisting them in developing a new spiritual identity.