Central Teaching (CT)
CT meetings are usually held at Bowman Hall on Kent Campus. Follow the Freedom Fellowship twitter for exact time and location every week.
People start arriving Saturday night for CT around 5:30 pm, hang out, drink coffee, and start gabbing! (Sometimes it’s an effort to get people seated!) But the Bible study usually begins around 6:00 pm. At CT we get away from the formalities and traditions which aren’t as relevant to modern minds, because these often interfere with the real, timeless message of Jesus Christ.
Visitors often remark how surprised they are to discover the relevance and usefulness of the Bible. At CT relevant issues like personal growth and relationships in marriage, or with family and friends come alive in the Bible. The teachings attract an audience from diverse backgrounds and ages, mainly because the Bible addresses the deep needs of the human soul which we all share.
The Bible study lasts for about 45 or 50 minutes, then an open-floor discussion begins because studying the Bible usually raises very interesting issues for people. It’s a great opportunity to simply observe and see how easy it is to share and talk in this group. Then people share their burdens or thoughts in prayer to God. Anyone can pray and it turns the meeting into a real Koinonia (the biblical word for “fellowship”). Then Saturday night kicks in! People are in a great mood, and often find CT is a great place to meet new people, make plans, then go spend some time with old and new friends.
Also, there no need to worry if you have children. OASIS offers childcare and classes for all ages during CT, while other student groups carry on their own meetings.
Adult Home Churches
Freedom Fellowship offers home group meetings in the Kent and surrounding areas.
We believe that involvement in a home group is an important way to begin growing and to continue growing as a Christian. These groups provide a place for Christians to develop close fellowship and to learn and grow. They also help non-Christians learn more about what it means to be Christian.
During the meetings, volunteers lead discussion-based Bible teachings. People will stay to discuss how the teaching relates to them afterward. Also, with a focus on building relationships in the church, people come early or stay after meetings to get to know each other and discuss how God has been impacting their lives.
Some meetings will include a potluck dinner or games afterward—and on occasion pool parties in the summer! These home groups are also the launching point for serving others in the community. Many people in the home groups get involved in service ministries, such as offering Bible teachings at local retirement homes, helping refugees and immigrants in Akron, and serving at youth detention facilities.
Our college ministry, called Identity Project, is a collection of student-led Bible studies that meet on Kent State campus. We try to avoid the stereotypical church building approach —we meet on campus in dorms and classrooms to study the Bible.
We don’t just lecture at you about the Bible from a pulpit—we emphasize both teachings and discussion so people can understand the Word of God on their own and form their own personal relationship with God. The New Testament is focused on relationships, not religion.
High School Ministry
Our high school ministry, called Cubed, consists of students from several different cities who meet weekly to study the Bible and participate in fun activities. Anyone is welcome to visit and see what we’re all about. Bible teachings are grace-centered and designed to point students towards Jesus.
A typical meeting involves a 20 to 30-minute Bible teaching followed by an exciting activity. Students are encouraged to love their friends and family and be witnesses for Christ wherever they go.
Students are also given the opportunity to lead aspects of meetings, such as activity planning and teaching. Augmenting the central high school meeting are smaller groups called “cell” groups. These smaller groups give students the opportunity to participate in Bible-based discussion and relate on a deeper level.
The students resist the cliques and live in the secular world with the Bible’s message of hope. Their parties and Bible studies are always open to outsiders. From freshman to seniors, teenagers take initiative, build relationships, resolve issues at home and with peers, and build a future. Jesus gave the word on how it works:
He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” – Mark 9:3