So, exactly what is it that we partner with church’s to do? Basically, three things. The first is called “Connecting People.” There are many believers that are faithful to attend their local church on a regular basis. A percentage of these even attend a weekly small group meeting. And yet, many of these wonderful Christians do not have anyone that knows who they really are. Which means that most churchgoers continue to suffer from mankind’s biggest problem: Isolation.
We are convinced that the greatest spiritual problem for every man and woman is sin, which always leads to isolation. Genesis 3 makes that clear when we see the bottom line of the first sin. Verses 7-10 say, “Adam and Eve saw their nakedness, became afraid, and…..hid.” We have been hiding ever since. This is the cause of almost all of our pain and struggle. When we attempt to follow Jesus by ourselves, it never works.
We were created for intimacy. Spiritual health comes through intimate relationships with God and others. Our strength as a ministry is empowering believers to repent of pride and fear that keeps them from the deep connection that they strongly desire.
The second thing that we do to serve churches is called “Freeing Hearts.” This is a natural step that occurs once believers come out of hiding. When a man or woman sheds all of their masks, what remains? The needs of the heart. We spend much of our time training ordinary church members on how to help others find spiritual freedom.How does this happen? We believe that the primary purpose of God’s Word is for repentance or a “change of mind.” We have discovered that most Christians don’t have a problem with their “belief system.” Their theology is solid. The problem lies in the actual beliefs in our hearts.
It is very easy to know God’s truth in our heads while believing lies in our hearts. For example, all Christians would be quick to acknowledge that they believe Philippians 4”19: “My God shall supply all my need, according to His riches in glory.” And yet, some believers will struggle with fear this week concerning their personal finances. This is bondage, not freedom.
Biblical repentance means living our lives aware of the lies that we are believing about ourselves, God, and others. And most importantly, allowing God to speak His truth to our hearts through His Word, the Holy Spirit, and other believers.
The third thing that we do to serve the church is called “Multiplying Leaders.” This is equipping for relational disciplemaking. Look at what Jesus did with twelve unschooled men. He changed the world. And now we get to do the same.
God’s will for every person in every church is the same: Find out who God has called you to relationally disciple and train them to do the same. Let’s help our church members get off the spiritual growth treadmill and begin to experience the adrenalin rush of multiplying disciple-makers!
“This has been a radical experience and a reminder of the man God has called me and empowered me to be. I am free to be myself. I am not defined by what I do, but by who I am.”
These are the Big Three that will empower any church to make the transition from being a program-based church to a relationship-based church. Every member of your church is hungry for each of these Kingdom essentials: intimacy with others, spiritual freedom in the depth of their hearts, and the joy of playing a crucial part of a Kingdom purpose that will truly turn the world upside down.
It is not church as usual with the Freedom Trainings family of churches. If you are curious about what we do to serve the church, we would love to spend some time and get to know you. All of our ministry flows through the local church. Pastors are our priority. Please let us know how we can serve you or your congregation!