Q: What is ISDM?
A: The International Society of Deliverance Ministers (ISDM) is a professional society of deliverance ministers.
Q: Why was ISDM created?
A: ISDM was established in 2003 as an outgrowth of the Apostolic Roundtable of Deliverance Ministers (ARDM), founded in 2000. ARDM was originally convened under the leadership of C. Peter and Doris M. Wagner with the view of helping recognized deliverance ministers connect with each other, build personal relationships, learn from and encourage one another, and create a structure for accountability.
Q: What is the purpose of ISDM?
A: ISDM desires to serve deliverance ministers who perceive value in associating with peers for the purpose of building mutual integrity, establishing personal relationships and learning from each other.
Q: How is ISDM governed?
A: ISDM is a horizontal apostolic network. Bill Sudduth serves as Convening Apostle and President. ISDM is governed by Bill and the Apostolic Round Table of Deliverance Ministers which consists of the original founding members of ISDM as well as several new additions. Individual ISDM members must have their own recognized primary spiritual accountability structure.
Q: What are ISDM’s fundamental positions?
A: ISDM recognizes that responsible deliverance ministers operate across a fairly wide spectrum of beliefs, convictions, techniques, methodologies, points of view, reservations, and opinions. In order to create an environment which ISDM members perceive as safe and comfortable, and in which they can openly relate to peers, it has been deemed advisable to set forth, in writing, a list of ISDM fundamental positions.
By doing this, ISDM in no way is attempting to set itself up as an authoritative guardian of legitimate deliverance truth. ISDM is fully aware that God is using other brothers and sisters in Christ to set captives free who may not agree with these fundamental positions of ISDM. We bless them and pray that God’s power will continue to work through them, even though we recognize that they would not be comfortable as ISDM members. These fundamental positions simply constitute the glue which holds ISDM together.
ISDM agrees that: there are such things as demons; demons are created beings with distinct personalities; demons are active throughout the human population; the ultimate intention of demons is evil; demons are organized under a hierarchy of leaders with Satan as the head; the legal or positional authority of demons has been nullified by Jesus’ blood on the cross; demons have supernatural power to attempt to execute their wicked desires; while demons have been defeated by the cross, they have not been destroyed and they will remain active throughout this present age; demons are vulnerable to confrontation empowered by the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus; Christian believers can be demonized and thus in need of personal deliverance ministry; deliverance can involve truth encounter, power encounter, allegiance encounter or all three; demons may manifest during deliverance; demons can speak in the vernacular, often through the mouths of their victims; some deliverance may occur through events such as conversion, filling of the Holy Spirit, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.
Because of the recently-acquired visibility of the Theophostic approach to counseling and inner healing, and because of questions that it has raised in the minds of ISDM members and other deliverance ministers, ISDM Founders Circle has felt it wise to include a statement of its position:
While recognizing that the system called Theophostic Ministry contains some positive elements and that some individuals find help through it, ISDM, while not rejecting Theophostic Ministry outright, does not recommend it nor endorse the totality of its theology, practices or claims. Since they do not cast out demons, they are not regarded as a deliverance ministry per se.
Q: What is ISDM’s statement of faith?
A: Since it is essential that the members of ISDM be cemented together by a common set of fundamental beliefs, the following doctrinal statement defines the primary biblical and theological parameters of the organization: The International Society of Deliverance Ministers (ISDM) positions itself in the evangelical theological stream of Protestant Christianity. It adheres to the Apostles’ Creed and to the core doctrines of the Protestant Reformation, namely the ultimate and essential authority of the Scriptures for Christian faith and practice, justification by faith, and the priesthood of all believers. It believes that God is a Trinity of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that Jesus was born of a virgin, that He was physically raised from the dead, and that an individual’s personal relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior determines that individual’s eternal destiny in heaven or hell. The fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission to make disciples of all nations is central to the focus of ISDM.
Q: If I am a deliverance minister, how do I become a member?
A: Nomination for new members comes one of two ways: (1) from a current member who knows the nominee and would recommend them for membership or (2) from an application and interview process. We feel that it is extremely important to establish and maintain the highest level of integrity among deliverance ministers in ISDM.
1. All prospective members of ISDM must have read and agreed with the Prospectus.
2. Fill out background information form
3. Interview Process
ISDM Membership Dues & Processing Fee
*New Member Fee reflects $150 dues and a one time processing fee of $35.
*New Member & Spouse Member Fee reflects $200 dues and a one time processing fee of $35.
*New Spouse Membership Fee reflects $50 dues and a one time processings fee of $35.
Q: Where can I go to receive deliverance ministry?
A: Please contact our office by email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a list of recognized deliverance ministers in your area.
Q: Where can I get additional training in the areas of deliverance and inner healing?
A: RAM MINISTRY, INC
CHRISTIAN HEALING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
WAGNER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
HIS CALL MINISTRIES
VISION LIFE MINISTRIES