Faith Baptist Church is pleased to charter Freedom That Lasts® local chapters in like-minded churches.
Chartered chapters will be able to obtain promotional materials (site banners, door hangers, brochures, posters, name tags, business cards, etc.), training materials, apparel and gear, student awards, and program software for tracking student attendance and progress.
Interested churches should preview the downloadable charter application at the top left of this page. They will also want to read the Freedom That Lasts® Leader’s Guide which provides details for staffing, structuring, promoting, and operating a local chapter. The Leader’s Guide is available through our onlinestore.
SUGGESTIONS IN PREPARATION FOR CHARTERING
A key component in the program is the accountability and encouragement offered to the addicts and participants through weekly small group meetings led by a care-group leader.
Program start-up always involves training these care-group leaders first. The most important part of that training is for the would-be care-group leader to work through the curriculum himself in a gender-specific small group setting of six to eight participants where he is held accountable for his progress and where he will experience the dynamics of working through the material with others. He will not be an effective care-group leader if he has not done the memory work, Bible study, service projects, and written work which every addict who sits in his group will go through. The instructions in the student manual and the journal are self-explanatory.
Churches and organizations considering being chartered can begin this small group training experience immediately. We recommend that the meetings be held on Friday evenings, which is usually the best time for addiction meetings of this type. The participants can also get a feel for the level of commitment necessary to be a small care-group leader. We also recommend that as much as possible the group follow the normal class format for a Friday night chapter.
If more than one small group works through the curriculum as described above, they can meet together in a large combined group as the class format shows and break up at the appropriate time for small group meetings.
The combined meeting can begin with a showing of the FTL Virtue Video for the week followed by a prayer and testimony time.
The “Teaching Time” when all groups assemble again can either be dispensed with during this training time, or the future director of the program can bring an appropriate challenge or lesson.
This time spent training can be a rich time of spiritual growth for everyone involved. When the Charter is granted, groups who have been working through the program in this way will have a wonderful jump start to the launching of their own Freedom That Lasts® program.
To start the process of becoming a FTL Chapter, download the above Charter Policies and Procedures PDF, read and fill it out, and return it electronically or by mail.
Keep in mind that Freedom That Lasts® is a trademark of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, SC. While the Freedom That Lasts® published materials may be used by any organization or individual who wants to have a ministry to others, no one may use the Freedom That Lasts® name for a program or study without authorization to form a chapter from the Freedom That Lasts® headquarters at Faith Baptist Church. This preserves the integrity and mission of the Freedom That Lasts® program.