A conference is a place where information is simply deposited, taken in and then accessed down the road when you need it. But an experience is an encounter, a place where you are impacted in all five of your senses and in all aspects of your mind, heart and spirit. Then, you are given time and space and freedom to dig in deeper to what you are encountering.
You are taken to beautiful environments with the majesty of God’s ocean or the rolling hills of His landscape.
You are refreshed by the smells of salt water or the lingering fragrance of a wood burning fire in the chill of fall.
You are fed really good food that has you lingering around the table.
You are served and hugged often by a team of dedicated servants.
And you are given deep Biblical truths and invited into meaningful worship.
The table is set before you for the opportunity to experience the love of Christ in virtually every way. Many attendees have left saying, “I can’t describe it. You simply have to experience it.”
Our experiences are diverse in offerings and attendees. We have co-ed experiences where singles and couples alike attend. We have married couples only experiences. And we have just created an experience for pastors and their wives.
You will also encounter many ethnicities and people from diverse Christian denominational backgrounds. Some may worship like you and others may not, so it may require of you elements of both openness to those who come expressing their worship in different ways and honoring those differences. But it is a place where all hearts are welcomed and a place where we have discovered that the attendees often have great impact on each other as you share your stories and this experience.
The cost is set up to be as affordable as possible. We have tried diligently to only charge the attendees their actual costs to come. We as a ministry have committed to covering the majority of the ministry costs ourselves so that we can make the events as affordable as possible. That is why faithful people who have been impacted by what this ministry offers become financial partners with us. To help us continue to offer experiences in this way.
Our team consists of staff and volunteers. Our volunteers have been a part of Reclaiming Hearts ministries for many years. They began as attendees of our Bible Study and many serve on our weekly prayer team. They are mature believers in Christ who have spent years serving in ministry areas in their own churches.
Denise Jones has been in full-time ministry for 20 years. She comes from three generations of ministry and is a part of a large family with deep ministry roots. Her desire and gift of teaching began stirring when she taught a College and Career Sunday School class at Christ Church in Nashville. Since then she has traveled across the nation and internationally teaching Biblical truths for most of those years. After graduating college from the University of South Carolina she went on to earn a two-year certificate in Christian Ministry from Every Nation Leadership Institute begun by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell.
Ken Edwards holds a B.S. in education from the University of Arkansas, an M.A. in education from Southwestern Seminary, and a M.Div. and M.A. in marriage and family counseling. He now runs Provident Leadership which focuses on Executive Coaching and Development, as well. He also has served for years in numerous ministry roles in churches as well in a non-profit he helped form called The Genesis Project.
Regi Stone is a worship leader and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. In addition to leading churches across the country in “Worship Weekends”, Regi is the President of Discover Worship, an online church music resource. Regi was the Worship Leader at Christ Church in Nashville, Tennessee for ten years.
Philly Jones held an active leadership role in FCA during both High School and College which developed his passion for the Lord. And he has faithfully served as his children’s Sunday School teacher for many years
Reclaiming Hearts Ministries really began when Denise started a Bible Study of 12 women in a friend’s home. That five-month journey led to one Bible Study after another. But it wasn’t until Denise’s thirteen year marriage ended and she walked the journey of what it was to reclaim her own heart, that she then wrote the book Reclaiming Your Heart: A Journey Back to Laughing, Loving and Living. That book was the catalyst for what this ministry has become and remains the foundational message of this ministry.
We know that often, after you have had a deep and impactful encounter, sometimes it feels like, “Now what?” So, at each experience each attendee is given a journal. That journal also has a thirty day devotional in the back to help you dig in farther into the truths of the word of God as it relates to your heart. Denise also provides a subscription for one year, or longer if you decide to partake of it, weekly Monday Musings. These are short video devotionals that will arrive in your in-box each week. But the team of Reclaiming Hearts goes as deep as people need. After weekends many people have begun personal work with Ken in therapy. Many have connected with different members of our team who still stay in contact with them. We consider what we do at the Experiences holy. And we continue those who come as now a part of our family. Many relationships still exist in beautiful ways from our very first experience.
First, in all the years we’ve been doing these experiences not one of them has been the same. Our team prays and fasts for each Weekend Experience in order to hear what the Lord wants to say for this specific group. So, though certain elements of the weekend will not change, often different hearts are taught on since each heart can’t be taught at each Experience simply because of the element of time.
Also, you may arrive at a Weekend Experience in one of your most challenging seasons. What God does that weekend may simply be the beginning of a deep healing work He is doing. Coming to another weekend can take that work to an even deeper place.
Others may come at a more peaceful season in their life. But we have never seen anyone come, who truly wants to hear what God has to say to them, not leave having had Him unearth something. We simply consider ourselves your partner in your journey.
And as we know, every time we read the Bible God can illuminate something different. And just like with a Weekend Experience, because the Holy Spirit is so present and moving, we are confident that He will reveal something new and different. He will not let you come and not have something for you.
The cost is a reflection of the attendee’s expenses alone. We as a ministry do not pass on to the attendee the cost of the team, their meals, or the host home, or the speaker’s house. But because Reclaiming Hearts is a firm believer that a beautiful location, restful accommodations and good food are key elements of engaging on deeper levels at an experience like this much time was spent in finding the perfect locations to accommodate these specific needs. Much thought and research went in to choosing the locations that we choose. And we have always worked hard not to let cost keep someone from coming who truly needs to be there. We work diligently to create payment opportunities for individuals to help with the expense.
As we shared in the beginning, we believe we have been called to provide an Experience, not a conference. There is much thought and planning and personal touches that go into making the experience all that it is and we as a ministry feel that the way in which these Experiences have been designed is the way in which this season we have been called to do them.