What is the minimum age to participate? We are currently serving women in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties and even seventies! Eighteen is the minimum age to participate. We love the diversity of ages and look forward to offering a teen program soon.
Where do you stand regarding whether someone can actually ever be fully recovered? We believe that as fallen humans this side of heaven, all of us will struggle with various things until we leave this life for our eternal home. That said, 100% of our core team have personally experienced eating disorders and now live free from them. We are living proof that such freedom exists. To defend our freedom, we humbly recognize our need for grace while at the same time celebrating the freedom that is ours through the blood and power of Christ. We will be cheering you on toward that same freedom.
You talk a lot about the “Christ-centered” thing but I’m not a Christian. Does that mean this program is not for me? While the core principles of what you will be learning in the program are founded on Biblical truths, we welcome people of all faiths (or no faith) to join and see how the practical aspects impact your recovery journey. We are not here to force you to believe in Jesus. We just share the belief that faith in Christ is a powerful healing tool for many, and want to be an example of Christ’s love and grace in action.
Do you have anything to do with the Weigh Down Workshop? No. Lasting Freedom is a program of FINDINGbalance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We offer a grace-based approach to those seeking to repair their relationship with food. We are not part of any other group, ministry or organization.
What is your statement of faith? We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; that he was born of a virgin, knew no sin, died on the cross as the atonement of our sins, was buried, descended into hell, and on the third day rose again, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding on our behalf. We believe in the Holy Spirit who indwells, sanctifies and empowers every believer in Jesus Christ. We believe that man was created in the image of God, fell into sin in Adam, and that now all human beings are born with a sinful nature and do not have the power to save themselves from sin, including addiction. And we believe that salvation is a free gift of God, provided by grace through faith in Christ alone.