The Shepherding Movement was a movement back in the 1970’s which arose in response to the cultural disintegration of the 1960’s. In place of rebellion, it emphasized authority. With time, however, this emphasis on authority became a recipe for control for many.
Many of the worst shepherding churches and abuses disintegrated in the 1980’s but the influence of shepherding ideas and doctrine is still around in many places. Some of the Church networks which have had difficulty due to their shepherding heritage are listed here.
Inclusion on this list does not mean that the church is a cult, but most of those here have had issues with control of some kind and if you are affiliated, we encourage you to look more closely at what is going on at your church.
Every Nation — Formerly known as Morning Star International. It is the successor to Maranatha Campus Ministries, with a few churches were brought in from His People in Africa. Just like Maranatha, Every Nation has an emphasis on reaching the campus, to train leaders, to change the world. The problem has been with the value system which placed a heavy emphasis on personal discipleship. This led around 2007 to a major leadership shakeup and several key leaders leaving the movement, due to their refusal to fully and honestly deal with the problems.
Victory Churches International – Canadian group led by founder George Hill. Now expanding to US. They emphasize “Covenant relationships” while claiming to try to avoid control, but the covenant relationship doctrine itself is dangerous and the root cause of control.
Christian Fellowship Ministries – Formerly known as the “Potter’s House” Founded by Wayman Mitchell. This group has had numerous complaints over the years, but their current website does not show any particular controlling beliefs.
Praise Chapel – Led by Larry Neville, an offshoot of the “Potter’s House.” above (or CFM). Although it was supposed to be a reformist movement it seems that the reforms only went so far. They definitely have some abused former members out there complaining about them.
New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) – South Aftrican Apostolic movement started by Dudley Daniel. There are a number of disgruntled members, showing this is likely heavily shepherding influenced as well. Rob Rufus the prophetic voice who has had some involvement with New Frontiers movement came from here originally.
Sovereign Grace Ministries – aka SGM. This used to be People of Destiny International, which was Larry Tomczak and CJ Mahaney. Recently they have taken a new direction which is hard core Calvinist and also more heavy handed leadership approach which has left a lot of members burned, including Larry Tomczak himself(!) who has now left. There is a major site up now with people hurt under this change. With the fall of C.J. Mahaney and several top leaders in this movement in connection with a sexual abuse scandal, it appears that God is dealing with some of the issues here. Check out SGM Survivors
Kingdom Community Network – aka Congress or World Breakthrough Network (WBN), headquartered at the Elijah Centre. Led by Dr. Noel Woodroffe, a black leader from Trinidad. He must be fairly influential. We have received many queries and concerns from around the world about this church group, which is usually a pretty good indicator that something is not right.