Pastor’s Toolkit

A biblically rooted discipleship tool to equip your church to address the growing Christian porn problem.

Only 7% of Pastors surveyed say their church has a program or solution to help their people with pornography…

… yet further statistics report that nearly two-thirds of Christian men (and rapidly increasing numbers of women) regularly use pornography monthly or more. Pornography is entangling our generation of men and women at levels never seen before and is keeping believers from running the race that God has for them (Heb 12:1). Yet, more and more pastors are feeling under-equipped and over-loaded to truly address the whole problem of this silent epidemic in our churches.

No one breaks free from pornography on their own. We know that embarking on this journey with 1:1 accountability or even others in a small group is the fastest way to find freedom. That’s why our program serves as a discipleship tool using a holistic approach to enable Christians to outgrow porn by addressing 6 key roots of a porn/sex addiction. We consider biology, psychology, and spirituality–all from a deep and committed Biblical perspective. Our toolkit below is an instant resource for your local church to see men and women find freedom that truly lasts.

 

John O’brien, Pastor, The Avenue Church

 

Don’t stay part of the 93%…

Launch a ready-made program today to serve your church by taking advantage of our tools below, made available by generous donors and other churches who are paying it forward for you and your people to be equipped. You don’t have to be overwhelmed any longer. Consider how you, or other faithful leaders in your church, can readily minister to those who are desperate for a solution that truly works.

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The Pastor’s Toolkit
A comprehensive discipleship program to minister to those in your church to outgrow pornography.
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The Freedom Fight Program

Our comprehensive program blends brain science, clinical practices, and biblical wisdom to guide men and women to freedom. This no-cost mobile and web app use a systematic approach of dozens of 5-8 minute videos, tools, and scripture studies that guide the participant through key principles that address the 6 roots of pornography addiction. Although built to be accessible by the individual, this program is most helpful when embarking on this journey with others, whether in 1:1 accountability or in a small group. Learn more here about what makes our program so successful. The full program is commonly a 25-week journey.

Get Started: Create a free account here and download the app to get online in minutes.

 
 

 

Leader’s Guide

We understand Seminaries don’t come with Sex Addiction Therapist certifications! Our Leader’s Guide takes the guesswork out of leading both individuals and small groups through the Freedom Fight program. With a week-by-week outline, the Leader’s Guide includes content discussion guides, coaching questions, and homework to assign for the following week. Once in the free app, a Leaders’ Portal section has further tools available to guide you as you help others.

Get Started: Download the guide here and follow the first 3 “How To” sections to get your group up and running.

 
 
 
 

 

The Freedom Fight Book

A great resource to read for yourself, in a book study, or to share with others so they can be equipped with the truth about pornography addiction and what must take place to find lasting freedom. This book distills years of learning from founder Ted Shimer as he has helped countless men and women to address the 6 roots of pornography addiction. Equip yourself to further understand the principles unpacked throughout the Freedom Fight Program.

Get Started: Copies are available here and also available in bulk discounts for as much as 40% off. Also available in Kindle(R) and audiobook versions.

 

 

The 30-Day Challenge

This free email service delivers 10-minutes of biblical, clinical, and practical content that mixes video, scripture, articles, and testimonies to support the challenge to go 30 days without porn or other unwanted sexual behaviors. Just as with our more comprehensive Freedom Fight Program, this ‘mini course’ can be done by an individual or with a small group. Our 30DC Leader’s Guide helps you facilitate a group through a 5 weeks period with simple discussion questions. This resource is particularly helpful for helping and equipping others in a non-shaming way who might be lacking conviction or may not be quite ready for a bigger commitment.

⇒ Get Started: Sign up for free here or as a YouVersion reading plan by searching “Freedom From Porn Begins Here” in their bible app.

How to move from a toolkit to a sustainable Freedom Ministry in your church

Launching the Freedom Fight in your church can come in many shapes and sizes, and greatly depends on your church’s needs and culture. Our tools can be used in multiple contexts from 1:1 discipleship to small groups to even larger group settings. Pastor, your endless list of responsibilities can make taking on another “program” seem overwhelming or even impossible. The Freedom Fight doesn’t have to be a big initiative at your church, rather it is effective as an instantly available discipleship tool either you or your leaders can use to minister to those in your church body struggling with pornography. We want to encourage you with a few tips to help you bring genuine and lasting freedom to your congregation without having to drop everything to organize and facilitate some new program.

Pray for a faithful man to lead this ministry in your church

As a pastor, you may not have any more capacity at this moment to tackle this alone. We have seen great success when faithful men in the church spearhead leading a Freedom Fight small group in their church. Pray and look for someone in your church body who God has given a heart to help other men in this area. Oftentimes it’s the men who God has delivered from this sin that He mobilizes to help others. But the Freedom Fight program and leader’s guide is also designed to equip those who haven’t struggled in this area to be able to effectively lead others to freedom with this ready made discipleship tool.

Equip yourself or the Faithful Man

Once the point person for leading this ministry is established, whether as a pastor or a layman, getting familiar with the program is the next step. The best way to do this is to

  1. Read our Leader’s Guide,
  2. Create a new account and use it to access our mobile or web app, then
  3. Watch the leader’s videos in the Leader’s Portal area of the online app.

Doing these three things will give you or your men a great overview and training of how to launch a group and use our program.

Build awareness for the new ministry

Every church is different in how it introduces new ministries. Consider how you will let your congregation know about this new ministry and how they can get involved or discreetly get help. Presenting the ministry opportunity in a non-shaming way is vital for participation. The shame that surrounds someone who is using pornography is burdensome and will often keep those who are struggling from getting help. Avoid having public signup sheets after service or in front of other people. Make it easy to reach out in a safe way.

It is vital to present this as an equipping issue for everyone versus just a recovery issue for those who struggle. Some begin with using the 30-Day Challenge as an equipping class. It is presented as “this is such a pervasive and destructive issue today that we need more people equipped to understand this issue so we can help others walk in freedom.” This will bring both the struggler and the non-struggler who wants to help others walk in freedom. At the end of the 30-Day Challenge, you might identify one or more leaders and transition into launching Freedom Fight small groups that have 4-6 men. Using 30-Day Challenge groups or the Freedom Fight book discussion groups has proven to be an effective on ramp for the FF six month program. The topic is de-shamed, people gain understanding about why they are stuck and they gain hope that freedom is possible. Initially, however, just focus on the first group (see next point).

Focus on the first group

Once you have a leader willing to lead the first group, focus on getting that group started! It is easy sometimes to get focused on the bigger vision without taking the first step. Getting the first group started will help your church determine the best way to start future groups. The best way to learn to launch a group is following the 3 steps above to “Equip yourself or the Faithful Man.” Our Leader’s Guide takes you step-by-step in launching and leading a group.

If you are a pastor or ministry leader and would like to speak with a Freedom Fight staff person about launching a Freedom Fight ministry in your church please contacts us here and we would love to connect with you.

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Finding freedom that lasts will multiply servant leaders in your church

We have seen God move in unbelievable ways when men or women have the opportunity to connect in a small group. The confidentiality, being fully known, developing authentic relationships, spurred on to a deeper walk with Christ, meditating on His word as a lifestyle, growing in their identity in Christ, and learning practical tools creates an opportunity to disciple men or women at a deep level. David’s testimony below is representative of countless similar stories for which we praise God:

“I’ve been addicted to porn and masturbation for around 15 years. I actively tried for many years to break free by joining accountability groups, recovery programs, biblical counseling and even saw a certified sexual addiction therapist. All of these solutions were helpful in some ways, but none of them offered the resources I needed to heal and find lasting freedom from my addiction.

It wasn’t until I joined a Freedom Fight course offered through my church that I began experiencing freedom. I’d never before come across a more well rounded and comprehensive recovery program as Freedom Fight. The program addresses all facets of porn addiction and provided me with very practical as well as biblical resources to help uncover wounds of my past and grow in my awareness of internal emotions and external triggers making me vulnerable to temptation.

Before using Freedom Fight I struggled to open up to my wife about my sexual sin. After committing myself to the core practices in this program, I learned the power of living in honesty about my addiction. Through regular confession to my wife, I was able to rebuild the trust that my porn addiction threatened. She now walks with me as a partner and encourager in my fight for purity.

Furthermore, God has used Freedom Fight to transform my walk with Him. Before going through the program I was still a slave to the bondage of my sin. Now I walk confidently in my purity as Christ calls me to. I’ve now had seven months of abstinence from porn and masturbation and am helping other men find freedom as well.”

When men and women in your church find freedom and get more grounded in their identity in Christ, your church gains leaders ready to multiply the ministry. David is now leading others through the Freedom Fight and is going through his church’s Pastoral residency program.

See other Freedom Stories here.

See testimonies from pastors and ministry leaders here.

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