A small group experience where participants are met with the redeeming love of Jesus in their deepest areas of suffering and sin.
H I S T O R Y . . .
For the last four years, The Project Church has been running Redemption Groups and has watched God use this ministry to connect gospel truth and healing to people’s deepest areas of sin and suffering. The Project’s Redemption Group leaders received training from founder Mike Wilkerson, including a trip a Redemption ImmersionTM training weekend in the US. The Project is the first and only church in the country that is licensed to run Redemption Groups, and is passionate to serve the broader church across Australia. This year we are launching an Australian expression of the ministry, called Restoration Groups.
H E A R T . . .
In our leader’s three years’ experience running Redemption Groups, we have noticed cultural nuances and perspectives of sin and suffering unique to the Australian psyche and feel by launching Restoration Groups, we can develop the process to more effectively minister to Australians, while maintaining warm working relationships and content sharing with Mike Wilkerson and the Redemption Groups team in the US.
We believe God uses this ministry to strengthen church communities, connecting people to Jesus and each other in a way which encourages greater depth of relationship than one ordinarily experiences in church culture. Could Restoration Groups be something which would serve and strengthen your church family?
R E S P O N D . . .
The Project would like to invite you to express your interest in attending a Restoration Group Intensive, one part of the process to become licenced to run the ministry in your church.
At a Restoration Group Intensive, you will hear teachings following the eight chapters of Mike Wilkerson’s book Redemption, experience Restoration Group sessions and receive insights from the leaders of The Project Church about the ministry and how to run it effectively. The Intensive will run over four days (from a Wednesday night to a Saturday afternoon).
A short course of teachings, personal contemplation and small group sessions with a specific focus on identity, shame and personal value in light of God’s story.
S T R U C T U R E . . .
Renovate is an eight-week round teachings, personal study and contemplation, and group work. Each week participants are asked to read and reflect on scripture in the form of five devotionals. They then gather to hear a half an hour of teaching before breaking off into gendered small groups for facilitated discussion.
H E A R T . . .
There is a tendency for people to curve in on themselves regarding personal value. When we are doing well we curve in on ourselves in pride and self-confidence and think we own the world. When we are doing poorly we can curve in on ourselves in despair that we will ever be of value and lament this reality to others around us. But these are not the only two options when it comes to personal value.
Have you ever noticed how the self seems to be silent or at the very least in the background for those who are travelling well in this particular area? There is a sense in which those who are travelling well tend not to think poorly of themselves nor highly of themselves. C S Lewis writes that the humble person will not be proud, nor will they be putting themselves down and calling themselves a nobody but will in contrast not be thinking about themselves at all – “Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him … He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”
So we are aiming for a silent and even perhaps a ‘singing’ self. It has been said that before the fall of humanity the self was singing and after the fall it began to scream. Renovate attempts to have an introspective look at ourselves in a way that leads us to be extrospective. It is good to accept yourself and feel good about yourself but we are aiming for something better than that. In fact the scriptures propel us towards something better. That we would curve outwards in our relationship to God and the worship of him.
R U N . . .
Is this an area you are passionate about? Do you desire to see people looking outward, to God and others, rather than curving in on themselves? If you're interested in finding out more about how you might facilitate the Renovate groups in your church, fill out the form below. Look forward to hearing from you!