One-on-One Usage of Curriculum

Freedom That Lasts® Canada is a curriculum meant for discipling participants in a church-based, chartered chapter's weekend addiction program that involves both a small group accountability session and a large group teaching session, as well as times for sharing testimonies, giving awards, and eating and having fellowship together.

Nevertheless, the curriculum can be a highly useful discipleship aid for working with a person one-on-one, whether he is trying to overcome an addiction or painful circumstance in his past or is seeking to progress in his discipleship generally.

Both the Freedom That Lasts® Canada Student Manual and the Freedom That Lasts® Canada Spiritual Life Journal are essential for the disciple in a one-on-one context. In the case of one newly saved or of one whose relationship to Christ is uncertain, the book Welcome to Freedom That Lasts® Canada (sixteen pages long) should serve as his introduction to the study.

The weekly meetings can follow the pattern of a weekend program with a viewing of the next Freedom That Lasts® Canada Virtue Video segment at the beginning. Including these ten-minute segments in the study will help to maintain the emphasis on Peter's key virtues. The study participants should keep going through the series of ten video clips until the disciple has finished the student manual.

Following these viewings, the discipler can review and sign off on the disciple's progress over the past week. This will involve having him recite the scripture verses he has memorized and reviewing his service projects, journal activities, written reports, and the blanks he has filled in, as well as responding to any lesson-related questions.

One major part of this process is Scripture memorization. For one with an average education, at least, requiring word-perfect recitation of the verses is critical for ensuring that the truths they teach become part of his outlook.

For the rest of the meeting time, the discipler can discuss with the disciple how he can work out the truths he is learning in his daily living and then pray with him.

Both the discipler and the disciple can benefit more fully from this process if the discipler also is working through the curriculum, as each will be able to help the other in his pursuit of Christlikeness. Each can go at the rate best for him.

It is true that this one-on-one approach will lack some of the components of a regular program, such as group fellowship and the sharing of testimonies. However, the curriculum still makes an excellent tool for a disciple-maker's individual efforts.