Research, Apologetics & Countercult Ministry
Our mission since 1979, has been to fill a crucial need in the Church as a Christian counter-cult and watchdog ministry. We have three primary goals: to educate the community, to equip the church, and to evangelize the cults.
– Source: Mission Statement, Watchman Fellowship
As a counter-cult organization, Watchman Fellowship primarily deals with groups, movements and issues from a theological perspective — but also takes sociological cult-like behavior into account.
By contrast, anti-cult organizations tend to operate almost exclusively from a sociological perspective.
For a more detailed look at these distinctions, see
- Anticult, Countercult, and ‘Value-Free’ Perspectives
- Sociological vs. theological definitions of the term cult
Watchman Fellowship operates from an evangelical Christian point of view:
Watchman Fellowship endorses a biblically based, conservative, evangelical position, proclaiming that all must turn from sin to trust the death, burial, and resurrection of the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, as the only remedy for sin and the sole foundation for true religion.
– Source: Statement of Faith, Watchman Fellowship
Based in Arlington, Texas, the ministry has several regional offices in the US.
Watchman Fellowship has 10,000 files and a research library of over 25,000 books and periodicals on religions, cults, new religious movements and related teachings.
The organization sells and produces a wide array of research and educational material, including the recently published Concise Guide to Today’s Religions and Spirituality
Watchman Fellowship’s Profiles provide a four-page overview of new and world religions, popular alternative religious teachers, and new spiritual practices. Each Profile contains an historical background, beliefs and unique practices, and a biblical response to the subject. You can request a free, one-year subscription, or order Watchman Fellowship’s Profile Notebook with 100+ Profiles published bimonthly since 1993. View the Table of Contents as well as several dozen samples online.
Considered by many to be the foremost Christian countercult and apologetics ministry, Watchman Fellowship is among the organizations, ministries and individual cult experts/counselors recommended by Apologetics Index. See also our Guidelines for Selecting a Cult Expert/Counselor.
- Watchman Fellowship Official website
- Watchman Fellowship Blog Operated by Preston Condra, Associate Director of Watchman Fellowship.