CFM 101, 110, 201, and Practicum
Community Freedom Ministry Classes and Training
Who’s it for?
Open to those who want to help others in their church and community.
What’s the goal?
Designed to teach someone how to set-up a freedom ministry in their church or local nonprofit.
Coordinator Track Includes
50 multiple choice/true-false questions over the books Victory Over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker
Your-Own-Pace Video Courses
3 online, self-pacing video courses (CFM 101, 110 & 201) presented in an interactive learning System—3 training manuals included
All Coordinator Track courses must be taken in sequence.
4 days of in-person training! Gain practical experience in leading someone through The Steps to Freedom in Christ with the supervision and insight of a coach.
Frequently asked questions
Is there any prerequisite coursework for these youth specialist training courses? (E.g. CFM 101, 201, 210…)
No. Even though CFM 301 and 302 are complementary to all other CFMU courses, these youth specialist courses, along with the youth specialist practicum, are designed to equip registrants without requiring any preliminary CFMU coursework.
What if several of us who are working together in youth ministry want to take these courses together? Can that be worked out? Can we all get the materials? Will there be some kind of discount?
To explain your situation and get answers to these questions, call (865) 342-4000 and indicate you are interested in taking CFM 301 and CFM 302 with a group within your church or organization. Inquiries can also be made by contacting Chris Campbell at email@example.com.
We won’t! The courses are there for your benefit – a self-learning experience. Only if you want to complete the Practicum and become FICM certified as a youth specialist will we know anything about your knowledge and expertise. Since gaining certification requires completion of these courses prior to the Practicum, it is important that you complete them, if you want to complete the certification process.
No! Taking some other CFMU courses requires a Moodle account, but CFM 301 and 302 do not. As an alternative, these two courses are offered through a website, since there are no assignments, quizzes or tests to track. However, if you do have a CFMU Moodle account already, you will be able to access the courses through Moodle.
After you register for CFM301/302 through the FICM-USA bookstore, you will receive the website address and password, unless you already have a CFMU Moodle account. If you already have a Moodle account, you will be enrolled in the courses through Moodle, rather than through a separate website.
Please allow a day or two to receive your registration information.
To register for either or both of the courses (CFM 301, CFM 302) and the Practicum, you register through the FICM Bookstore. After you register, within a day or two, course access information and materials will be emailed and/or mailed to you.
You can register in any of three ways:
1) click here for more registration information,
2) contact the Bookstore at https://freedominchrist.com/CFMU.aspx, or
3) call the FICM office at (865) 342-4000.
Do I have to become a youth specialist to take a teen or young adult through “The Steps to Freedom”?
No! You don’t have to become a youth specialist to help a teen or young adult process “The Steps”. However, as mentioned in all our materials and courses for Encouragers (the term used for persons leading freedom appointments), you should not try to lead someone through “The Steps” until you have gone through the process yourself. Also, it is wise to observe someone else lead the process before attempting it yourself. (You will have opportunity to do both in a Practicum, if not elsewhere.)
We strongly recommend having someone with you as a prayer partner in any freedom appointment. (You will learn about the role of a prayer partner in the courses.) And, we encourage you to serve as a prayer partner before taking on the role of Encourager. (You get opportunity to “practice” both roles during Practicum.)
So, becoming a Freedom in Christ youth specialist requires completion of CFM 301, CFM 302, and a Practicum. What is a Practicum?
A Practicum consists of 4 days of instruction and interaction with Chris Campbell and others, like yourself, who are seeking to become youth specialists. Practicums are held at various times and various places in the U.S., depending on the number and geographic locations of participants. Check the Events page for information.
The cost of the Practicum is $399.00, and you will be responsible for your own transportation, housing, and some meals.
NOTE. If COVID-19 persists, a scheduled Practicum may have to meet virtually with a shorter schedule. In that case, the cost and schedule will be adjusted.
NOTE. It may be possible to schedule a Practicum in your church or community, if 10 or more youth leaders and workers from one or several churches or organizations decide to go through this training together. Inquiries can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost for each course is $159.00. Included in that cost are
a. access to the online videos,
b. an online copy of the course workbook/text,
c. a hard copy of the workbook/text,
d. a hard copy of Dr. Neil Anderson’s book “Restored”, and
e. a hard copy of “The Steps To Freedom For Young Adults”.
When you register for a course, hard copies (c, d, e) will be sent to you, and your course confirmation and how to access the course will be emailed to you. If you decide to take both courses and register for both at the same time, your discounted cost will be $286.00. You can either register and pay for both courses initially ($286) or register and pay for each course separately ($159 per course). There is additional cost for the Practicum ($399), required for those who want to become Freedom in Christ youth specialists.
For CFM 301/302 you have a choice of three options:Only the full CFM 301 course with videos, the course workbook, and some exercises for checking your understanding of each course module.
Both CFM 301 and CFM 302 courses with videos, both course workbooks, and some exercises for checking your understanding of each course module. Note that CFM 302 requires CFM 301 as a prerequisite. The Freedom in Christ Youth Specialist path consisting of the full CFM 301 and CFM 302 courses with videos, both course workbooks, and some exercises for checking your understanding of each course module, and a Practicum leading to FICM certification as a youth discipleship counseling specialist. You must take CFM 301, CFM 302, and the Practicum to become certified.
CFM 301, Leading Teens to Freedom in Christ, is about today’s teens and young adults (Generation Z) – how they think, what they value, what their concerns are, what their emotional and spiritual issues are, and how you might go about enabling them to gain their freedom in Christ.
CFM 302, Identity Based Spiritual Formation, focuses on developing a spiritual formation program based on participants’ understanding of their new nature – their identity in Christ. (You can learn more about the courses by clicking here – course descriptions.
A Community Freedom Ministry (CFM) is a teaching environment of grace and truth, started by an individual, couple or group of individuals under church authority seeking to establish and coordinate a “freedom presence” in their home church or hometown.
This “freedom presence” involves teaching the biblical message of freedom (as taught in Dr. Neil Anderson’s books); taking people through The Steps to Freedom In Christ and; training individuals to use The Steps to Freedom in Christ.
The primary vehicle for training CFM Coordinators is CFM University. Utilizing state-of-the-art online technology (through the “Moodle” learning management system), students are required to take an entrance exam, two courses (CFM 101 and CFM 201) and also attend a three-day, in-person Practicum in order to be equipped to undertake the development of a CFM, as well as to fulfill the training requirements for becoming part of the CFM Network. CFM University is academically invigorating, visually engaging, and deeply rewarding as the Lord touches students’ hearts through the challenging content and rich relationships developed.
Please go to the Events page in order to find out the latest updates on Practicum dates and locations.
We have a Pastor’s Information Kit (includes a DVD explaining the FIC) which we will gladly send out upon request. Just contact our FICM office at 865-342-4000 or email us at email@example.com
Yes, there are some great benefits! You immediately become a member of our National Prayer Network; you receive a 30% discount on all resources sold in our FICM bookstore; you receive personal encouragement and ministry support from our Regional Coordinators and Regional Prayer Coordinators; you receive an automatic invitation to all FICM international and national retreats; and much more!
A CFMA is someone who has gone through the CFM University Coordinator Track and who has made successful application to become part of the CFM Netwrok. This includes having a positive referral in the form of The Church Leader Questionnaire submitted confidentially from your church leader to the FICM office.
This is truly our desire and we hope to receive scholarship funding for this purpose at some point. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer scholarships.
No, but it points you in the right direction. To be part of the FICM Referral Network, you must complete the CFM University Coordinator Track, go through a a successful CFM Network interview (at Practicum) and receive a positive church leader referral (through The Church Leader Questionnaire you receive during the Practicum and which is filled out later by your church leader and submitted confidentially from your church leader to the FICM office).
Even though it is our desire to see more Community Freedom Ministries developed across the country, you are certainly free to use this training in whatever way the Lord leads you.
The Entrance Exam is a random sampling of 50 multiple choice and True/False questions that cover the material found in Dr. Neil Anderson’s bestselling books, Victory over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker.
A Practicum is held over 3-4 days beginning in the morning on the first day; concluding before dinner on the last day. Under certain circumstances, the Practicum may be held virtually. Those may be shorter in length, but will still cover all the same materials. If you are traveling by air to an in-person event, we recommend you come in the day before the start of the Practicum. We also recommend not scheduling your return flight until after 6PM on the last day of the in-person event.
No, you have 18 months from the time you enroll in the CFMU Coordinator Track to attend a Practicum. Our website, www.ficm.org keeps an updated schedule of events so you can find the upcoming Practicum that best suits your schedule.
Just contact the FICM and CFM University office – 865-342-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to take care of you!
No. There is no live streaming. You can get online and work any time day or night right from the comforts of home or the convenience of any Wifi Hotspot.
It takes an average person 20-25 hours to complete each class, though it is possible to complete a course faster.
If you are interested in starting a Community Freedom Ministry (CFM) in your home church or hometown, you will want to enroll in the CFM University Coordinator Track. That track automatically enrolls you in CFM 101, CFM 110, and CFM 201.
CFM 101, “Establishing & Nurturing a Community Freedom Ministry”, provides the basic building blocks for launching a CFM and includes essential information on the distinctives of FICM; starting a prayer ministry to undergird your CFM; working effectively with church leaders; building a leadership team; developing a teaching and training template; and much more.
CFM 110 educates one in the use of a discipleship tool called The Steps to Freedom in Christ. During this course you will be familiarized with the tool and given helpful instruction in how to use it effectively. The course is divided into four modules with each module divided into four lessons. The textbook content is designed to follow the basic flow of the online training without simply duplicating what you will be learning online. This course is not a stand-alone course, it is only available as part of the Coordinator Track package.
CFM 201, “Building & Strengthening CFM Leadership” is a like a powerful personal retreat for CFM leaders. You will be encouraged to live out of and protect the new heart you have in Christ; you will understand principles of waging and winning spiritual battle in your CFM; you will learn the differences between freedom and maturity so you stay focused on God’s calling.
CFM 301 and CFM 302 are courses designed for those working with youth. CFM 301, “Leading Teens to Freedom in Christ” will equip you to minister effectively to teens in crisis through the Freedom in Christ approach. CFM 302, “Identity-Based Spiritual Formation” will guide you into how to establish an environment for youth (i.e. a youth group) where understanding one’s identity in Christ is foundational so that students grow up healthy and strong in Christ. Taught by FICM staff and Generation Freedom director, Chris Campbell, you will be challenged and encouraged in your own walk with God as you help teens in theirs.