Last fall I mentioned the Transitions curriculum, an excellent new resource to help former Latter-day Saints navigate the journey into a new faith and church life after leaving Mormonism. I had the privilege of being involved in this fine program.
As part of their research into the post-Mormon journey, the producers of Transitions also explored the implications of that journey applied to planting churches in the LDS cultural sphere. Check out these insights here: Notes for Church Planters.
My Book Reviewed
My most recent book, Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor, recently received a very favorable review at the Christian Book Preview site. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can order it from Utah Advance at our store. Click here: Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor.
Western Institute for Intercultural Studies has just released the completed version of Transitions: The Mormon Migration from Religion to Relationships, a multimedia resource including six video sessions on DVD along with a participant workbook. This resource is designed to help former Latter-day Saints navigate the journey from their former religious culture into a healthy new relationship with Jesus in a local Christian church.
The Transitions material tracks closely with my Doctor of Ministry research about following Jesus after leaving Mormonism. I appear in the DVDs and helped to write the workbook. I’m hopeful that this resource will be a great encouragement to former Mormons. It will also help the members of Christian churches to understand what their ex-LDS friends and co-parishioners are going through.
Section 1: Migration covers issues of finding a new individual and collective identity, dealing with relationships, and sorting out a new church culture.
Section 2: Doctrine and Worldview Issues presents traditional Christian doctrine and worldview framed in an understandable way for someone coming out of Mormonism.
Transitions can be used in a variety of settings, from an individual, group of friends or family meeting in a home, to small group meetings in local churches.
The first three of six modules were released to the public earlier this year, and can be viewed HERE.
The complete materials are available at the Transitions Store. They are very reasonably priced, to encourage wide usage.
I encourage churches to attend a Transitions Training to become acquainted with how to use the materials. The next training event is on Saturday, September 17. Find out more HERE.
I’ve been assisting with a new resource that will help people make a healthy transition out of Mormonism into a traditi0nal Christian church. It’s closely related to my doctoral research, which resulted in my study guide called “Jesus Without Joseph.” I strongly recommend that you take a look at the completed modules and spread the word about this project. Here is the recent announcement from John Morehead, the project’s manager:
We are pleased to announce that the video for modules 1-3 for Transitions: The Mormon Migration from Religion to Relationship, are complete and ready for viewing. You can view them on GodTube at these links:
Please consider helping us with this project by doing the following:
First, pray for the completion of this project, and that it might be of help to many in transition out of Mormonism.
Second, please take a few moments to watch these segments and to share your feedback with us.
Third, please help us promote Transitions by passing this email to your Christian friends as well as your pastor, and posting a link or video clip on your Facebook page or through Twitter.
Fourth, we need another $10,000 to complete the editing of the final three modules and to begin marketing for this project. Please consider a gift as an individual, through your church missions committee, or through corporate giving. You can make a donation via Paypal, or by sending a check to the address below.
We appreciate your partnership that has help us complete these modules. We look forward to your continued investment in our ministry and the lives of others as we plan to complete Transitions by this summer.
Thankfully in Christ,
John W. Morehead
Western Institute for Intercultural Studies