Frequently Asked Questions
The simple answer is "no". We have decided to hone all of our energy into equipping local churches to walk beside those who are hurting and addicted. Dividing our time to oversee a rehab center would hinder our ability to accomplish our goal. Having said that, we do have some biblically based rehab centers that we do highly recommend. Click here to read our recommendations.
FTL chapters do not offer individual counseling, HOWEVER, there are some churches who have FTL chapters that do provide individual counseling. You will need to contact the church that hosts the FTL chapter closest to you to find out if they offer individual counseling.
Additionally, you can head on over to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors to locate a counselor who either close to you or is willing to counsel online.
In most circumstances, an FTL chapter needs to be attached to a local church. Multiple times throughout the New Testament, Jesus referns to the Church as His bride. Freedom that Lasts wants to come alongside the bride of Christ to equip to equip her members (Ephesians 4:11).
There are circumstances such as College Campus and Prison Ministries that are not housed within local churches. In cases such as these, contact the Freedom that Lasts headquarters to find out how to start a chapter.
Freedom that Lasts exists to equip churches. The goal of our ministry is come alongside local churches to provide them with all the tools that they will need to effectively engage those who are hurting and caught up in life enslaving sins, commonly known as addictions.
We accomplish this by providing the following:
FTL does not follow the 12-Step model commonly found in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, and other groups that percieve addiction as a recovery program. Typically these groups understand addiction to be a disease from which one recovers.
In contrast, Freedom That Lasts believes that addictions of all sorts is primarily a sin problems that requires repentance, not recovery. FTL also believes that someone can find complete freedom from addiction and does not need to take on the identity of someone who is in recovery for life.
The answer to this question depends upon the definition and criteria for success. FTL considers success to be when some moves from being an unbeliever enslaved to different passions and desires to a believer who has been forgiven of their sins, created in the likeness of Christ, and lives for the glory of God.
In order to do this, FTL uses the following criteria to determine success:
A program's ability to qualify for drug and alcohol counseling rests with individual judicial systems. You will need to check with your local judicial system to find out if Freedom That Lasts qualifies for state certified drug and alcohol counseling.
If it does not, we would encourage you to ask if the court would consider allowing FTL to be including as an option for drug and alcohol counseling. If more info is needed by your defense attourney, the state prosecuting attorney, or your preciding judge, please reach out to us at Freedom That Lasts to let us know. We would be honored to have discussions with anyone who needs more information in order to make an informed decision.
The answer to this question is going to sound simliar to the question regarding success. The word "work" requires a definition before an answer can be given.
Many might understand the word "work" to mean that the one struggling with addiction no longer struggles with addiction. While this idea would be outstanding, this understanding of the word "work" would not be embraced by anyone who provides help and hope for those struggling with addiction. There is no program that can provide this kind of promise.
Most 12 Step programs would define "work" as providing the student with all the tools needed to remain sober as long as someone "works" the steps in the program.
FTL defines the word "work" in stages. Initially, FTL would say that if someone is looking for a welcoming group to belong to, FTL works. All of our FTL groups work hard at welcoming those who are hurting and struggling with addiction.
Secondly, if someone is looking to be a new creation by having their sins forgiven and becoming completely new, FTL works. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is woven all throughout the FTL material.
Additionally, if someone is looking for a biblical counseling approach toward addiction which deals with sin, the spiritual heart, and true freedom, then FTL works. FTL material deeply considers all of the BIble and what it has to say regarding the origin of addiction, the effects of addiction, the antedote for addiction, and the freedom found in Christ from addiction.
FInally, if someone is looking to grown in their ability to reflect Christ and live a life defined by biblical wisdom, then FTL works. Most 12 step and rehab programs have sobriety as their only goal. FTL goes beyond sobriety to help students look, sound, and even think like Jesus as the face the ups and downs of life. We believe that this goal not only will provide a sober way of living, but it will also provide a wise way of living.
FTL will provide each chapter with as much training and support as required. For some chapters, the training and support needed is minimal, while other chapters, for whatever reason, might require more trainign and support.
Regardless of the amount needed, the goal for FTL is to ensure that each chapter flourishes for the glory of God as well as the good of those hurting and struggling with all sorts of addictions.
The minimum amount of volunteers required is 5 if you have both men and women to whom you will be ministering. If your church is blessed with more volunteers, you can obviously be more hospitable.
While FTL requires the senior pastor's approval, FTL encourages the senior pastor to relegate his time to the teaching only during the FTL meeting, only if no one else is avaiable to teach.
A halmark of FTL is that the entire church has the ability to get invovled during the FTL meeting so that no one is tasked with a large amount of work. When the body of Christ pulls together to accomplish ministry, monumental feats can be accomplished without burning out a small percentage of peope.
FTL doe not offer counselor training. We partner with other like minded biblical counseling ministries to provide indepth counselor training. Those ministries include:
We would highly encourage you to check into these ministries and seriously consider becoming certified.
The answer to this question really depends on what your church wants to offer for the FTL group meeting. Each definitely needs to follow volunteer positions filled prior to starting a group:
Additional volunteer positions could include:
The time commitment for volunteers really depends upon the role that the volunteer takes on for the ministry. Here are some of the roles to consider and weekly estimated time commitments for each role:
In order to allow for as many churches as possible to gain access to FTL material, we have implimented a multitierd approach which is driven by the size of the church. Here is how it breaks down:
The chapter fee includes:
FTL books are $17 a piece when purchase through Amazon. There is a 5% discount when ordered in bulk through the FTL website.
Churches with an FTL membership recieve a 15% discount on all book purchases when purchased through the FTL website.
One suggestion is for your church to start a benevolence fund to help provide books for those men and women who cannot afford to purchase books on their own.
This is a harder number to nail down as there are many variables that factor into upfront costs. For illustrative purposes, if a church of 100 people wanted to start an FTL group and planned on ministering to 5 people struggling with addicts, start up costs could break down in the following way:
If nothing else were to be provided such as childcare and food, then the first month start up would cost approximately $194.50. Each additional month for the first year would then be $49, bringing the annual cost for the first year to 733.50. If the church were to take advantage of paying for the year upfront, then the total annual cost would be $645.50.
To put this cost into perspective, the average American spends $1,097 per year on coffee. If one person in your c hurch redirected their coffee money away from coffee and toward helping those struggling with addiction, your FTL group would be fully funded.
FTL offers the course cirriculum both the King James and English Standard Versions.
If you are looking for another translation, we would love to know about it. If there is enough interest in a particular translation outside of the KJV and ESV, we would definitely consider offering our material in that particular translations as well.
The FTL cirriculum really addresses all life-enslaving sin as opposed to one or two different types of addictive behavior. So instead of focusing on just drugs and alcohol, FTL material addresses:
There really isn't an addiction that falls outside the perview of the FTL material.
The FTL material would make a good bible study as it is focused on the Bible. Howerver, it is written with the addict in mind as opposed to the average Bible study student. The main difference between an average bible study and the FTL material is that the FTL material is aimed at life change as opposed to gaining more knowledge. For sure, FTL students will gain more knowledge, but the the knowledge gained is intended to be put into action so that one's life is changed more into the image of Jesus. As a result of this focus, FTL material is extremely practical.
The FTL tools and materials include:
FTL provides you with tools and training to provide your church members so that they are equipped to play a vital role in your FTL group.
Really the best recruiting tool is your senior pastor. We have seen time and time again, when a senior pastor becomes passionate about ministering to the hurting and addicted, God moves in the hearts of His people resulting in enough volunteers to accomplish the tast at hand.
Combining the passion of the senior pastor along with the tools that FTL provides, your church will be more than ready to walk alongside anyone God might bring your way.
In almost every community in the US and around the world, the need far exceeds the amount available...both in manpower as well as in financial dollars. Where hands are genuinely stretched out offering help, the outside community usually accepts the help wihtout much of a fuss.
Realizing that, the following ways have proven to be very beneficial for spreading the word about starting an FTL group: