How to Begin

Conduct the Living Free Training

Numeral 1 graphicInvite your entire fellowship to the Living Free video-based training. Nearly everyone will find the materials interesting and helpful. Conduct your own training event, or invite one of our nationally-certified faculty to assist you. Sign up members of your first Insight groups during the training session.

 

Conduct Initial Insight Groups

numeral 2 graphicBegin your first groups as soon as possible. Select facilitators and co-facilitators from those who show interest and seem qualified according to the guidelines given in the training. These initial Insight groups give new facilitators confidence in their abilities, and new members grow comfortable with the group process.

 

Form Your Leadership Team

numeral 3 graphicAppoint a Living Free team leader (Coordinator) and staff your Core Leadership Team. After conducting the first Insight Group, you should know who is gifted and called to be in your Core Team. The Core Team Manual along with resources in the Using Living Free section of this website provides contains resources for this team to guide the Living Free ministry in your church.

 

Plan Your Next Groups

numeral 4 graphicInsight is the first group, and everyone should begin with it. Schedule new Insight Groups at regular intervals. Plan which groups you will offer after completing Insight. Typically, Free to Grow is the recommended second group.  Base your decisions on the needs of your congregation and community. There are more than 25 group options produced by Living Free. Consult the flowchart on page three of the Living Free brochure.

 

Establish an Intercessory Prayer Group

numeral 5 graphic— or incorporate prayer for Living Free into an existing prayer group. Prayer is essential to helping people overcome life-controlling problems. Many participants write anonymous prayer requests that are forwarded to intercessory prayer groups. Remember that overcoming life's problems is more than learning new information and coping techniques. It also involves spiritual warfare. See Ephesians 6:12.

 

Plan for Outreach

numeral 6 graphic Make plans to take Living Free ministry outside your church walls before you even plan your first training. The ministry is so flexible it can be used in jails, halfway houses, community outreach events--wherever you can find people struggling with life's problems. Many churches have found that segments 1-5 of the Living Free DVD training and the Insight Group are excellent entry points for community outreach.

 

Develop a Communications Plan

numeral 7 graphicDetermine the most effective ways to get the word out about your new Living Free ministry. The Living Free promo DVD, testimonies, bulletins inserts, and flyers are all excellent ways to publicize. Some churches require all new members to attend the Living Free training and/or participate in an Insight Group. Remember, this is a ministry that is good for everyone and not just for the "really messed up" people.

 



Today's Living Free News

  • 2013 Living Free Outcomes Results

    We are excited to announce the 2013 Living Free Outcomes Research Findings. Over the last three years, we have collected questionnaires from participants in several different ministries in many different states. This year we gathered the questionnaires from 5 different ministries who are reaching out to their communities through non-residential support group settings in 5 states. There were 181 people in 22 different groups represented.

    The data confirms the effectiveness of Living Free because of what God is doing through His Word, His Spirit and His people. The data reflects that no matter the location or facilitator, lives are being transformed and families restored by God through many local Living Free and Living Free Community ministries. We give God all the glory!

    Click here to see the 2013 results

    For the 2012 results, click here

    For the 2011 results, click here

     
  • Lead Pastor of Megachurch Endorses Living Free

    Click here to listen in on Lead Pastor John Lindell of James River Assembly in Ozark, Missouri sharing the reason why the Living Free discipleship program works.

    To hear the full message, go to www.jamesriver.org and click on the "Messages and Resources" menu and find the message titled "Faith and Freedom."

     
  • Testimony from Rwanda

    God does heal the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). Read the following testimony we received today regarding today's Living Free Every Day devotion provided by Living Free ministries.

    "Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thank you so much for the message of forgiveness. Jesus Christ recommend us to forgive if we want to be forgiven. For us Rwandans, we are experiencing forgiveness and now we are free from the bondage of unforgiveness. When you forgive, even physically, you are released. I am telling you this because I have forgiven those who killed my parents and relatives. But, ask to be led by the Holy Spirit who will enable you to forgive those who sin against you."

    Blessings,

    Jean de Dieu

    Rwanda- Central Africa

    Click here if you would like to subscribe to the Living Free Every Day devotions and start receiving them every weekday in your email inbox.

     
  • May 2013 Message from Living Free President

    Please read an important message from Dan Strickland, President of Living Free by clicking here.  
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities

    Interested in learning more about Living Free Ministries and how God can use you to impact your community? Check out upcoming training opportunities by clicking here.