FAQs

What kind of church is Freedom Church?

People would typically consider Freedom to be a charismatic, evangelical church, if these sorts of groupings are helpful to you. If they’re not, we’re a lively, passionate, contemporary church, where we try to make church fun, engaging and accessible to people of all backgrounds, especially those who wouldn’t usually come along to church.

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Is Freedom Church part of a denomination or larger ‘movement’ or ‘stream’ of churches?

Like many churches around the world, Freedom is a non-denominational ‘free’ church, which means we’re not part of a church denomination, and we’re not currently a branch of another church ‘movement’ or ‘stream’.

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Is Freedom Church a youth church?

Freedom Church is a church for everyone, irrespective of age, background or belief. Our locations are attended by all generations, including children, young people, students, single people, families, empty-nesters, and older people.

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What is the background of the people who attend Freedom Church?

Lots of people in the Freedom Church family (or congregation) made a decision to follow Jesus after attending Freedom. The majority however didn’t, having been part of other churches before.

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Why did you decide to start Freedom Church locations in other countries?

In the Bible (see The Bible, Matthew 28:16-20), the last thing Jesus says to his disciples was that they should ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’.

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When did you start Freedom Churches in other locations?

In 2010, Freedom Church was a single-location church, in Hereford UK. We had around 200 people attending each week, the church was growing and we’d recently been able to refurbish a new facility. It was against this backdrop that God gave us a vision to multiply.

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How does Freedom Church identify new locations?

The Bible cautions that ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain’ (see the Bible, Psalm 127:1), and so at Freedom Church, we’re committed to following God’s direction. Our leaders spend time praying into and discussing where God is calling us to establish new locations and we visit potential cities before a decision is made.

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Why do you use video messages / sermons?

Freedom was one of the first multi-site churches in the UK to adopt video messaging, however the approach is not unique. Many churches around the world use video messages to deliver a single message to an audience that is spread out over multiple cities or locations.

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Are the songs you sing your own or do they come from somewhere else?

Worship at Freedom Church includes our own songs and songs that have been written and recorded by other people.

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My child wants to come to Freedom Church. Who can I speak to to find out more about the church?

Freedom Church is growing in every location, and from time to time, we see children or young adults come along with friends. It is very important to us that they do so with the consent of their parents, and (as many of us are parents ourselves at Freedom Church) we understand that parents who are not part of the church may have questions.

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What is ‘Ownership’ in Freedom Church?

Ownership in Freedom Church is similar to the ‘membership’ or ‘partnership’ model that operates in many churches around the world, where people who are attending a church ‘join’, to help the church understand who is and who isn’t a committed part of the church family.

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What are you doing to serve the community?

Freedom Church is involved in serving the community in a number of different ways, from Freedom Heroes, our street kids project in Kampala, Uganda, to a Saturday morning cafe for refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff, to community programmes that provide practical care and support to financially poorer communities in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Does Freedom Church give money to other causes or organisations?

Freedom Church has been giving money to other causes and organisations for many years.

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If I have questions about Freedom Church, or want to give feedback, who should I contact?

If you have questions or feedback, please do get in touch. Every Freedom Church location are led by ‘Campus Pastors’ and we encourage you to get in touch with them in the first instance, as they will be able to signpost your enquiry to the right person, or respond to you most easily. They can be contacted via the email addresses on the location information pages.

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I would like to discuss renting one of your buildings. Who is best to speak to?

Rental of the locations where we meet as a church is managed by the local team. They can be contacted via the email addresses on the location information pages.

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How is Freedom Church funded?

Freedom Church has a number of sources of income, although like almost all churches, the majority of our income is given by people who are part of the church.

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How does Freedom Church manage its finances?

Freedom Church is a registered charity (Freedom Church Hereford, CIO No.1161926) and good stewardship is very important to us. We have policies and processes in place to ensure integrity, transparency and excellence in the use and handling of finance. Decisions relating to spending are never taken by one person alone (unless within pre-agreed budgets), requiring the approval of others at every level (including for every member of our Leadership Team).

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Do you expect everyone at Freedom Church to give to the church?

People are welcome to come along to Freedom Church without an expectation that they should give and we take care to present a balanced perspective on giving in Freedom Church. Although we encourage people to live generous lives and to give, believing both to be principles taught in the Bible, it is very important to us that people give because they freely choose to do so, not under compulsion (see the Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

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Where can I get information on giving and Gift Aid?

The giving page of this website provide more information on giving. You can sign an online Gift Aid declaration at www.freedomchurch.cc/giftaid.

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I’m interested in your Leadership Academy, where can I find out more?

The Academy pages of this website provide more information on the Freedom Academy, including a prospectus and a link to apply. You can also contact our Academy team on [email protected].

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I’m the parent, friend or relative of someone interested in doing your Leadership Academy. Where can I find out more information?

The Freedom Academy offers a ten-month course, based in Hereford (UK). Each year, around 25 students enroll for the UK Academy. The Academy also runs in a number of other Freedom Church locations.

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