The History Of Freedom Trainings
Our Story & Staff
It Started With Two Ordained Ministers
Paul Roberts and Brian Childres
Freedom Trainings was born out of the frustration of two ordained ministers, Paul Roberts and Brian Childres in February of 1999. Were these two men burned out and wounded? No, it was just the opposite. They had experienced much success in ministry. But they had a conviction that ministry success was not a biblical goal. When they closely examined the Biblical model of disciplemaking they had a wake-up call. The ministry that Jesus modeled was all about: Intimate Relationships.
A break from traditional forms of ministry
The Jesus Model
The two close friends decided to take a break from traditional forms of ministry and began to experiment with the Jesus Model of making disciples. They knew that the way Jesus did ministry worked powerfully 2,000 years ago. So why would it not work today? They grabbed a small handful of men and began to make disciples in a brand new way.
Many of their efforts failed but they kept moving forward. The two brave pioneers would not give up easily. In 2008, they invited a small group of men to Paul’s ranch outside of Lindale, TX. It was there that Men’s Bootcamp was born and men’s lives were transformed in amazing ways.
A men’s spiritual renewal was underway in East Texas. Men from churches of all denominations began to participate in this masculine revival. Pastors were excited to see the men in their pews come alive. The question was asked, “What exactly are you doing to disciple these men in such a powerful way?” It was a good question. It was then that we discovered that the primary ministry activity was: destroying isolation in the lives of men. It was that simple. The men’s movement was, in essence, giving men the spiritual brothers that they needed to be spiritually healthy.
Since then, many exciting things have happened. The women’s side of the ministry began to take off in 2013 with the addition of Soft Warrior, our weekend God encounter for women. We have added several other God encounters that serve as tools for any local church that is committed to the Jesus method of making disciples: relationally, experientially, and one person at a time.
Currently we have two full-time church trainers, a full-time executive director, and a part-time administrator.
Board of Directors
We are a 501(c)3 with a very active Board of Directors.
John Mark Rogers
Most importantly, we have hundreds of powerful, yet ordinary believers, representing dozens of wonderful local churches. These simple warriors are truly changing the world, one person at a time.