Launching the FF in Your Church
Launching the Freedom Fight in your church can range greatly depending on your church’s needs and culture. Our tools can be used in multiple contexts from one to one discipleship to small groups or even in larger group settings.. As a pastor you have many responsibilities and taking on another “program” may feel overwhelming or even impossible. The Freedom Fight does not need to be a big program at your church, but a discipleship tool either you and or your leaders can use to equip your church body. We want to encourage you with a few tips to help you bring genuine freedom to your congregation without having to drop everything to organize and facilitate this ministry.
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 Freedom Fight small groups 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.
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 download our Leader’s Guide, download our app and create an account then watch the leader’s videos in the Leader’s Portal. 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 with how they introduce new ministries, consider how you will let your congregation know about this new ministry and how they can get involved or 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 times keep those who are struggling from getting help. Avoid having public signup sheets after service or in front of other people.
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 can identify leaders and transition into the Main FF small groups for those who need freedom. If that seems too much, just focus on the 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.
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 let us know here and we would love to connect with you.