Weekend Experience FAQ

conference is a place where information is simply deposited, taken in and then accessed when needed. 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, space and freedom to dig deeper into 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 extravagantly and hugged often by a team of dedicated servants. 
● You are given deep Biblical truths and invited into meaningful worship. 

At a Weekend Experience 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.

Because Reclaiming Hearts is a firm believer that adequate time for receiving and processing, beautiful locations, restful accommodations and good food are key elements of engaging on deeper levels and the places we have chosen determine the cost of the experience.

We as a team spent much time in researching the perfect locations to accommodate these specific core values. However, we also are willing to work with individuals to create payment plans to help with their budgeting. We as a ministry have made the commitment not to let cost prevent anyone from attending who needs to be there. 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. Please contact Tina Hicks for any further questions or need. [email protected]

· Room and Board for 3 nights

· 1st night dinner

· 3 Breakfasts

· Registration Fee

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.

Not at all. However, it is the principles of this book that are unpacked through the course of the weekend.

No. Because of the time allotment it would be impossible to cover all of the hearts in the book. So, Denise is exceptionally prayerful and chooses the hearts she feels the Lord has chosen for that weekend, specifically for the hearts that will be there. That is why if you come to multiple experiences you will hear hearts covered that you didn’t hear before. God knows which hearts will be at each experiences and He designs the messages accordingly.

Completely casual and comfortable.

We believe we will provide an environment where you will:

● Be ministered to and refreshed in every area of your being: body, soul and spirit.
● Receive vulnerable teaching and tangible tools for both the reclamation and guarding of your heart.
● Encounter encouragement from the stories of others and your own personal discoveries for the next season of your journey.

But ultimately what you take away will be up to you. Some come with expectations. Some come not even knowing why they are coming. We have discovered that the best way to come is to come open and willing to simply listen to what God wants to speak to you and to be greedy in all that is offered. This weekend was created for heart hunger; simply ask God to stir it up before you arrive and then assume freedom in receiving all that He provides.

Most conferences take place over a weekend. But again, that is why we don’t call this a conference. Much is offered and provided for you inside of our time together. Because of that, your heart needs time to process and time to play. That is why we do our experiences at location that provide the beauty to do both.

At the experiences we hold in Watercolor in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and in Franklin, Tennessee you do stay in large and comfortable homes with others. People enjoy this in different ways. Sometimes entire homes come together and cook meals together and play games. Other times people connect with a few people and spend much of their time with them. Others choose to stay more to themselves and make it a more personal time of reflection and retreat. But what we have learned is that people are ministered to often just as profoundly by the stories and relationships with the other attendees inside their homes as they are by the Reclaiming Hearts team.

This is a question we have pondered over and over again and come back to the same answer, a participant simply does not “get-away” if they stay home. So, we do not believe this is the best way to engage in all intentional elements of the Experience, so, for this reason, we ask all participants to “trust the process” and stay in the homes chosen for them.

For many this is a frightening thought that can prove the make it or break it moment of attending an experience. So, we have structured this experience with the opportunity for you to engage as little or as much as you want. We do have a short icebreaker at the beginning of our experience simply to allow you to meet each other. So far, no one has passed out from this! And it has proven to be a real gift to everyone by the time the weekend is over.

We also have men only sessions, women only sessions, couple only sessions and single only sessions. Inside of these sessions only the people who want to verbally engage do. Again, we have a saying around here that Ken coined quite a few years ago, “Assume Freedom.” We give people the complete freedom to choose how much they want to engage in any aspect of the experience.

However, in the break out sessions we ask that you honor those around you as this is a time to process and encourage, not counseling. Time is limited so sharing our life stories is simply not an option. Our team is around the entire weekend to get to know you and your story and those are the environments and encounters in which to offer your story.

These weekends are so intimate and holy that we choose not to record them in any way. And we ask that sessions not be recorded either in video or audio.

We know that often, after you have had a deep and impactful encounter, sometimes it feels like, “Now What?”

● Each attendee is given a journal at arrival
● Each journal has a 30-day devotional in the back
● A year-long subscription to Denise’s Monday Musing’s, short video devotionals.
● The opportunity to purchase an 8-week DVD study of Reclaiming Your Heart to take back and start your own small group with.

The team of Reclaiming Hearts goes as deep as people need, though. 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 consider those who come as now a part of our family. Many relationships still exist in beautiful ways from our very first experience including attendees relationships with each other.  

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. 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.

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 many 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.

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 ministry’s foundational message.

Denise Jones is the President and Founder of Reclaiming Hearts Ministries and 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 teach 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, author of God’s Not Dead and Steve Murrell. She has authored ten books. 
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.  He has also served for years in numerous ministry roles in churches as well as with 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 is the CEO and partner in an investment advisory firm called FiduciaryVest. He held an active leadership role in FCA during both High School and his years at Furman University. It was in these years he developed his passion for the Lord. He has faithfully served as his children’s Sunday school teacher for many years and serves in an active role with Denise in leading Reclaiming Hearts Ministries and serves as the Chairman of the Board.

Because single family homes are booked for our Watercolor Experience and multiple attendees will share these homes, all of the homes are booked through RHM with no exceptions.  If you want to come a day early or stay a couple days later you will need to make those reservations on your own. They cannot be booked through RHM. There are many places to stay in the area, including the Watercolor Inn if the Weekend Experience you are attending is held at Watercolor.  The same policy applies at the Winshape Retreat Center.

We received more than what we came expecting. You could tell that much prayer and fasting was invested for this experience.

Great to have time to explore, be with my spouse, ponder God’s creation and the teachings.

I was impacted greatly by how quick and genuine the community among the attendees emerged.
I felt the free time was just the right strike of balance with the depth and richness of what was offered in the teaching times.
Free time felt like church outside! Communing with God and nature and the beauty and peace… Jesus just met us in this place.
The meals were outstanding. I looked forward to each one.
Appreciated the honesty and transparency of the team. I have never encountered this. It created in me a desire to be more real with others.
The vulnerability of Denise and Philly is inspiring and encouraging. It’s easy to trust people who trust you enough to be real with you.
The worship! Just when I thought I was on overload then we would worship.
God reminded me that I am unforgettable, noticeable and not missed.
I thought I hated journaling. Until now. This opened up to me something I never even knew I needed, but now see both the gift and power of such a simple act.
This weekend was far more than I expected. God met me where I was, answering almost immediately questions I had asked on the drive down. The RHM Team does such an amazing job at facilitating an encounter with God.
Just wished the weekend was longer.