Weekend Experience FAQ
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.”
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.
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 also has served for years in numerous ministry roles in churches as well as 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 30-day devotional in the back to help you dig further into the truths of the Word of God as it relates to your heart. Denise also provides a one year, or longer if you choose, subscription to the 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 an experience, 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.
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, leave without having 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 housing. 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 is spent in finding the perfect locations to accommodate these specific needs. Much thought and research go into 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. Much thought, planning, and personal touches goes into making the experiences all that they are. We, as a ministry, feel that the way in which these experiences have been designed is the way we have been called to do them in this season.