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Freedom Seed Q&A

What are the PEMS? The PEMS stand for Physical Emotional Mental and Supernatural. They are the way the Freedom Seed has chosen to verbalize the steps that we take to reach and share freedom in Christ.

Why do we use them? They give us practical steps to walk out on a daily basis and a way to clean up our “garbage”.

Where did the basis of how we learn/train come from? Both the 12 Steps of AA and the years that the Pembertons and later Freedom Seed spent traveling and serving.

What do we think about honesty? Honesty is essential, both with God and with others. We cannot stress enough how important honesty is.

How important is community to us? Community is the way we have chosen to walk out our lives so that we are able to practice on a daily basis the PEMS and to be continually challenged in our walk. It also gives us lots of room to practice service. Community is a growing place for us, and our refuge. It is very important.

What goes to Heaven or what do you take with you? The only thing that you take with you, are your relationships.

What do we think about manipulation? Manipulation in all it's forms is plainly and simply sin. It is not tolerated for any length of time in the group. Manipulation destroys relationship.

What is manipulation? The dictionary defines manipulation as: “To manage or influence skillfully, esp. in an unfair manner.” and “to adapt or change to suit one's purpose or advantage”. Manipulation is using people to get what you want.

Responsibility and __________ go hand in hand. AUTHORITY!

Why? If you are not responsible with small things you cannot handle larger things. The more responsible you are the more people will trust you.

How do chores show readiness for ministry? Once again if you are not able to do the small things you will not be able to do the larger things. Ministry is hard work and often involves a lot of menial jobs. Often times it is hard work that breaks the ice with people so we are able to minister to them. Chores prepare you for this.

Why do your leaders choose to stand aside and let people learn without direct supervision? We believe that natural consequences are often the best teachers. You will not constantly be supervised throughout your life so why start that way?

What kind of churches do we intend to plant? Circle style churches. Churches that function like our small community.

Why don't we have “traditional” teaching? Everyone has something to share and it is important that everyone is given a chance to share during a meeting. Different things touch different people.

What do we think about the “Church”? We love the Church and know that it spans through time and we are a vital part of that.

What do we think about the Bible? It is truth and inspiration. It is inspired.

Do we have any interest in becoming a status quo church? No.

What is our mission philosophy on how to reach people? Relationship, relationship, relationship.

Why do we choose to do this in community? In community we learn how to grow and maintain healthy, Godly, relationship.

How did Freedom Seed start? Freedom Seed started with a family knowing that there was something more. This family spent lots of prayer time and decided as a family to start doing. And they have done ever since.

How did the “Pembertons” become ministers? By stepping out and doing. The next thing, and the next thing…and the next thing!

What is the FS mandate for the leaders? Serve!

Why do we share with other people? We share with others because it is what keeps us alive and vital. And it is selfish to keep silent about water in the desert.

Why? Without reaching out we do not have anything new running through our lives. We dry up.

What do we think about young people and children in ministry? They are a vital part of our lives and therefore our ministry. Young people and children can speak profoundly in to a ministry. They should always be included and listened to.

What do we think about the supernatural? It is very real and active in our lives.

What are some of the supernatural things have we have seen? We have experienced many spiritual things including healing, deliverance, multiplication... etc.

Why do we meet regularly? We meet on a regular basis to gauge where everyone is at and to check up on each other. We also meet to pray and worship. It is one of the ways that we stay connected with God and others.

How important is discipline? Very. If you are not disciplined you will not be able to live in community or a foreign country.

Why do we care about people's motives in ministry? Motive is everything. There is no point in ministry if there is wrong motive.

Why do we have our potential teachers/leaders/church planters work the 12 steps over and over again? So in AA terms they “carry the message and not the mess”. Also so that they commit the Steps to memory so they are able to recall what they need to assist them while ministering to others.

What do we think about taking on other people's responsibilities? Why? It's not to be done. It becomes unhealthy when we take on responsibility that does not belong to us.

Do we think this is the only way to learn/teach? No. There are many different ways to learn and to teach. For some people there very well may be a better way.

Are we interested in another way? No. Though we choose to remain teachable and incorporate new things in to our ministry and lives we have established a way that works for us and are not interested in changing that.

What is the most important thing in our lives? Christ. And Him crucified. Christ in us and through us. Christ behind and before us. Jesus.

True teachers are those who continue to learn.

The "A" Team

Freedom Seed’s “A” team is our events organization and execution team. We have a highly trained and motivated group of people, run by an experienced crew director, who will put on your event. Our team organizes the event, manages the grounds, and/or sets the aesthetics of your event depending on what you need. Some of the events that our team has participated in putting on the ground are LifeLight music festival, Nomads Conference (Heart of God Ministries), music tours, youth events and summer camps.

If you would like to discuss what we can do for your event, or get a quote, please get in touch with us through e-mail or by telephone at 218-854-7327. We look forward to meeting you!


Aromas is the newest venture of Freedom Seed. It is a coffee business designed to sustain Freedom Seed as a ministry and provide a door to even more local and international opportunities. We recently obtained a mobile trailer and are working on getting it ready for service. We are a distibutor of Peace Coffee, you can support us by purchasing whole bean coffee as well. Contact us for more info!

What We Do...

Here at Freedom Seed we learn/teach responsibility, character, perseverance, love, a willingness to work together, work ethic, and to cultivate selflessness. We do this through living together family style, eating, working, and doing daily life together.

We help to create opportunities for people to serve and exercise their talents and develop new ones. Through serving we are challenged mentally, emotionally, physically, and supernaturally.

As the Freedom Seed mobile team we are able to provide vital encouragement, refreshment and help to other ministries and ministers, as well as impacting the lives of post-modern youth in the USA and around the world.

Our Invitation

Our invitation is to those who would like to experience Christ, and life in Him, in a holistic and communal environment. People spend either a few weeks or a few months, up to a year, living with the Freedom Seed team as we live, eat, work, minister, and worship together. Through this we are all able to build character, perseverance, love, a willingness to work on a team, and work ethic. Living with others is the perfect way to cultivate selflessness. On a daily basis we provide encouragement, refreshment, and challenges to the members of our group.

Our team also makes a concentrated effort to assist other ministries and ministers, and to discover and practice ways of reaching out to others. This may include local outreach, sub-culture outreach, USA travel, and/or foreign travel.

As a very dear friend always says, “ministry is the person in front of you”. Never does that idea become more concrete than when you do life with others, in order to show life to those who don’t have it. You have to have it to give it!

Daughters of Exile

DOE is the music side of the minstry, lead by Jasmine (visit our bios page to learn more about our peeps). Other members include Tracy, Aubrey and Matthias. Check out more info on DOE by visting our facebook page. Or by checking us out at Reverb Nation.