Exit & Support Network™ began in 1993 as a complete resource for individuals exiting from and researching the Worldwide Church of God or its affiliations. The founder of ESN was former WCG member L. A. Stuhlman, with a background in business management, mental health nursing, and crisis intervention counselor. We are not associated with, nor funded by, any particular church, denomination, organization, or splinter group.
Many Begin Exiting
As a result of WCG’s new doctrinal changes, many began exiting the organization in massive numbers. Our OIU Newsletters™ were written to help readers understand and to expose the decades of corruption, deception and lies. They look look behind the scenes at the real activities and associations pertaining to the WCG “transformation” and their New Age agenda.
From 1993 to 1998 ESN was available full time for phone calls, consulting, and exit counseling. References and referrals were offered to those who were seeking information and/or help and assistance. During that time, over 180,000 copies of printed material (with important info on WCG and Herbert W. Armstrong) were mailed to researchers, professionals, ministries, and exiters.
Worldwide Church of God Expose` (GCI) (covers History / Exposure / New Changes / Doctrines / Testimonies)
First Website Launched:
In 1997, the first ESN website was launched. The historical background of the WCG organization was reported on, including the last six decades. This information is helpful for anyone researching the organization and seeking to understand the personal history of its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong. Information has come from a diverse multitude of sources and experts. These include prominent former members who held high positions in the Worldwide Church of God, and the National Archives in Washington D. C.
In February 2000, a reorganized and new website went up with a much expanded Recovery section, along with Mike’s Page. Mike’s Page (originally entitled Mike’s Enlightenment Page) offers many articles and expose` critical information on Philadelphia Church of God and Gerald Flurry, including letters and testimonies.
In 2002, the Child Survivor section was added to aid and encourage those who had been raised in WCG, PCG, or any controlling offshoot. It includes articles, poems, and testimonies.
More Info About ESN:
ESN is composed of a few loosely-knit former members and survivors of WCG and PCG who have networked together across the country. They have willingly donated time to research, write, and review articles.
Several in ESN have attended conferences concerning destructive cults and received counseling from professionals who understood controlling churches, trauma and spiritual abuse.
ESN has been in contact with social workers, researchers, crime investigators, attorneys, and ex-members in order to exchange information and gain input.
ESN believes Christ Jesus’ love and grace is able to heal spiritually and emotionally and that a personal, loving relationship with Him is what He desires, not our performance, or striving for perfection.
Your prayers for the protection and guidance of this website are needed and greatly appreciated.
Exit & Support Network™
- Report the true history of WCG and Herbert Armstrong
- Provide education on thought reform and exploitive WCG offshoots
- Furnish information on healing from emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse
- Offer support, validation and encouragement
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be empathetic toward survivors’ struggling faith
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”