Teen Challenge and Living Free have been associated in ministry since 1988 when Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee launched Living Free under the name of Turning Point Ministries. Prior to this, Jimmy founded Teen Challenge centers in Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also served on the national board of Teen Challenge for a number of years. The bond between the ministries is strengthened further because many Teen Challenge associates have helped develop Living Free materials and have served on the Living Free faculty and Board of Directors.

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Many Teen Challenge programs use Living Free groups to supplement the core Teen Challenge curriculum. The Living Free groups give the students a structured environment to encourage one another, talk about their lives and choices, care-front delusion in each other, discuss the Bible, and listen to what God is saying to them. Groups that are especially useful for Teen Challenge students include those dealing with addictions, overcoming disappointments and failures, conflict resolution, family violence, eating disorders, and sexual purity.

Some Teen Challenge centers use the groups as a community outreach by helping churches establish small groups to minister to inmates and to provide help for people who cannot enter a residential facility. These outreach ministries are known by the name Lifeline Connection. These groups build goodwill in the community, create safe places where graduates can find ongoing help, and provide referrals to Teen Challenge residential ministries.

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Teen Challenge centers in the USA which have found the groups helpful include Southern California, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. Overseas,Teen Challenge centers in countries including Colombia, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, and Macedonia, to name only a few, have incorporated Living Free groups into their programs for many years.

Living Free small group materials are available at the Teen Challenge USA online store or at the Living Free website. Materials are available in English, Spanish, Russian, French, Polish, Arabic, Czech, Macedonian, and Urdu, and a few titles are available in other languages. The training videos can be viewed online in English, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. If you are interested in using these materials, or if you want permission to translate them into other languages, contact Living Free for more information.

Today's Living Free News

  • Living Free Outcomes Results

    Please click below for Living Free Outcomes Research:

    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!


    For the newest results, 2016, click here

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  • 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."


    Jean de Dieu

    Rwanda- Central Africa

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  • 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.