About Free! Recovery
The Free! Recovery course equips and provides resources for churches as they seek to provide compassionate safe communities, where those struggling with addictive, life-controlling issues feel supported and feel as if they belong somewhere. The course leads the participants through major recovery themes, from coming out of denial and ending up serving others in Christ. This course is meant to be explored several times, deepening the participant's sense of community, as they learn to apply the biblical themes and principles to their everyday lives, as individuals, and together as a group.
The Course Materials
Each session has a video teaching segment lasting 10-13 minutes.
The segments link the key verse, the theme of the session and a biblical character to the journey of addictive behaviour. These are presented in a relaxed manner, integrating biblical principles into everyday life. The second video shares a story, linked to the theme of the session. These stories are all based on real life accounts. Participants watch these films together, with some group sharing, before separating into support groups for further interaction.
Session one teaching
Session one story
Session two teaching
Session two story
Session three teaching
Session three story
Session four teaching
Session four story
Session five teaching
Session five story
Session six teaching
Session six story
Session seven teaching
Session seven story
Session eight teaching
Session eight story
Session nine teaching
Session nine story
Session ten teaching
Session ten story
There are two main guides:
The facilitation guide and the participant guide.
These accompany the sessions. the facilitation guide leads the facilitator through preparation right through to the end of the session. It gives optional questions to help with the flow of the support groups, always linking to the theme of the day, and applying to the lives of the participants. The transcripts of the teaching videos are included in this guide.
The participant guide is designed to lead the participant through the session, both the video and support group, finishing with application questions/activities to ponder at home, during the week, maybe with a partner or friend.
FACILITATION GUIDE DOWNLOAD
PARTICIPATION GUIDE DOWNLOAD
PONDER ACTION PRAYER CHALLENGE 1
PONDER ACTION PRAYER CHALLENGE 2
PONDER ACTION PRAYER CHALLENGE 3
PONDER ACTION PRAYER CHALLENGE
These are a series of ponder/prayer
guides to help the participant develop a more personal journey with God as they go through the 10 sessions.
They are 2-5 minutes weekly/daily devotions, with a key verse, with the weekly/daily themes having a significant link with addictive issues, moving the participant along the path of freedom.
These can be done alone, and/or with a friend/ministry leader for deeper accountability.
Ponder Action Prayer Challenge 1
A weekly ponder (useful for a participant just beginning the journey).
Ponder Action Prayer Challenge 2
A weekly ponder on Joy with a focus on identity and the connection between joy and addictive issues.
Ponder Action Prayer Challenge 3
A 70 - day daily journey accompanying the main themes of the 10 Free! sessions. (useful for a returning participant but also at any time in the recovery journey).