The simple answer is "no". We have decided to focus our energy and resources on equipping local churches to walk beside those who are hurting and struggling with addiction. Dividing our time to oversee a rehab center would hinder our ability to accomplish our goal. We, however, do recommend biblically based rehab centers. You can click "here" to see a list of biblically based drug and alcohol residential centers.
FTL chapters do not offer individual counseling. However, some churches with FTL chapters do provide individual counseling in addition to their FTL ministries. 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 refers to the Church as His bride. Freedom that Lasts wants to come alongside the bride of Christ to equip her members (Ephesians 4:11).
College Campus and Prison Ministries that are not housed within local churches are some exceptions. In these cases, 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 to 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:
The answer to this question depends upon the definition and criteria for success. FTL considers success to be when someone 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:
The word "work" often is understood 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 if someone "works" the steps in the program.
In contrast to the 12-Step explanation of "work", FTL "works" through accomplishing four primary goals. Each FTL chapter (1) provides a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, (2) shares the gospel as often as FTL chapters meeting, (3) uses principles of biblical counseling to address issues related to addiction, and (4) helps addicts to grow in Christlikeness and wisdom in living life. FTL works when all four of these principles are put into practice.
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 training 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 number 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 available to teach.
A hallmark of FTL is that the entire church can get involved 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 people.
FTL does not offer counselor training. We partner with other likeminded biblical counseling ministries to provide in depth 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 depends on what your church wants to offer for the FTL group meeting. Each 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 implemented a multitiered approach which is driven by the size of the church. Here is how it breaks down:
The chapter fee includes:
FTL books are $16.99 when purchased through Amazon.
Churches with an FTL membership receive a significant 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, startup costs could break down in the following way:
• Charter Membership: $49 per month
o Volunteers - 5 at 14.55 per book ($17 - 15% discount as a member) = 72.75.
o Students - 5 at 14.55 per book ($17 - 15% discount as a member) = 72.75
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 church 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 curriculum in 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 consider offering our material in that translation.
The FTL curriculum addresses all life-enslaving sin, not just one or two different types of addictive behavior. Instead of focusing on drugs and alcohol alone, FTL material addresses:
There isn't an addiction that falls outside the purview of the FTL material.
The FTL material would make a good bible study as it is focused on the Bible. 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 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 for church members so that they are equipped to play a vital role in their church's FTL group.
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 task at hand.
Combining the passion of the senior pastor 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 of help available, both in manpower as well as in dollars. Where hands are genuinely stretched out offering help, the outside community usually accepts the help without much of a fuss.
Realizing that, the following ways have proven to be beneficial for spreading the word about starting an FTL group: