Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Collegedale Community Church Offers "Living Free" Classes to Deepen Christian Walk

Attendees enjoy a potluck while they learn more about the Living Free classes.
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A small group goes through the Insight class.
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Collegedale Community Church (Ooltewah, Tenn.) launched the international ministry Living Free earlier this year, with nearly 80 people enrolled. The class consists of a small group working specifically on uncovering life-controlling issues that adversely affects their relationships with Christ.

Jimmy Lee and Dan Strickland, founder and president of Living Free, were on-hand for an introductory potluck in January to introduce the ministry to the members. Classes begin with the introductory nine-week class called Insight, followed by the thirteen-week class called Free to Grow. After those two classes are completed, specific classes dealing with relationships are offered, such as Committed Couples, Godly Parenting, Growing through Divorce, Peacemaking and others. 

Ken Poston, church ministries leader at Collegedale Community Church, said his relationship with Christ was strengthened after completing the first two classes.

“Going through the Living Free classes forced me to look inward and face things in my life that are not as Christ-like as they should be,” Poston said.

Classes are available for all ages, from mature teenagers and above. To learn more about the classes and new session start dates, visit


Written by Nathan Lewis

Photos by Tom Hayes