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. Click the following link to view the Community Freedom Ministry brochure: view the PDF.

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 four-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. Click here to find out more about CFM University or click here to enroll in CFM University now!

Please go to the “Events” section on the homepage of our Freedom in Christ website,, 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

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 NETWORK. This includes having a positive referral in the form of The Church Leader Questionnaire mailed confidentially from a 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.

The CFM Coordinator Track gives you the best package rate for our basic training. There is also a group discount available. You also have the option of paying for one class at a time, though the “a la carte” method of taking courses is ultimately more expensive.

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 mailed confidentially 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.

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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 four days, with the first day beginning in the morning and the last day concluding over lunch. So, if you are traveling by air, you should probably plan to arrive the day before the Practicum begins to avoid possible travel delays and get enough rest. And we recommend you not schedule your flight to return home before 4 pm on the day the Practicum ends.

No, you have 18 months from the time you enroll in the CFMU Coordinator Track to attend a Practicum. Our website, 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 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 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. Presenter: FICM-USA President Rich Miller.

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 to stay focused on God’s calling; and much more. Presenter: FICM-USA President Rich Miller

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.

CFM 310 is a powerful course for married couples. Learn how the principles of freedom in Christ apply to this most precious of all human relationships. Taught by former FamilyLife Ministries staff and current FICM leaders, Dr. Howard & Aileen Ostendorff, this warm, practical teaching will enrich any marriage.

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