He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Isaiah 61:1 NIV
Go on, Be Free.
Emotional and relational healing is a crucial part of the discipleship process and was modeled by Jesus as He taught His disciples.
Alongside the Holy Spirit, the RYH group experiences and workbooks help people through a healing process whereby they will have healthier relationships, including their relationship with God.
Restoring Your Heart was developed because people were getting “stuck” in their spiritual growth.
Jesus modeled restoration. He modeled healthy relationships and often implored His disciples to love one another sincerely, explaining that this would be how people would know they were His disciples.
Today, however, it is not hard to find someone who associates the Church with hurt more than with healing. Church leaders want to help, but are often overwhelmed or ill-equipped to help build emotionally mature disciples who can also perpetuate healing, restoration, and reconciliation. In fact, 2 out of 3 U.S. church pastors admit that their church could be better equipped to assist those who are hurting or having thoughts of taking their own life. (Lifeway Research, Suicide and the Church, 2017). And 80 percent of people in the Church are hindered in their spiritual growth either significantly or severely due to unaddressed emotional issues. (see How Emotional Problems Develop)
80% of Christians are hindered in their spiritual growth either significantly or severely due to unaddressed emotional issues.
In response to this, WDA developed a ministry known as Restoring your Heart (RYH) which focuses on providing emotional and relational restoration and healing to an individual, as a crucial part of the discipleship process. This ministry is delivered through the church and other organizations via trained lay leaders who facilitate safe, gender-specific small groups to their congregation and surrounding community.
RYH was developed by Jack Larson, an Atlanta-based pastor, and a team of theologians, mental health professionals, and lay leaders who collaborated to produce workbooks and group experiences geared toward helping individuals process past pain, understand emotions, and conquer shame. Jack authored the book “How Emotional Problems Develop” to present the reality of the need for emotional healing in the Church and surrounding communities.
Over the past 12 years, the Restoring Your Heart ministry has transformed thousands of lives, made the Church a place of healing again, and offered marriages and families an emotional toolkit that has led to greater freedom in Christ.
Go on, Be Free.
How is RYH changing the local and global community?
changing Metro Atlanta
Over 2500 people have participated in RYH groups and utilized RYH workbooks
An Answer to Addiction
Over 350 men have experienced RYH through A Better Way Ministries, helping them find the root of their addiction and pursue freedom as well as greater emotional and relational healing.
The Rippling effect of healing
Over 100 people were so impacted by RYH that they decided to become facilitators and lead groups, averaging 2 groups per year.
Restoring Your Heart has miraculously translated over into several countries, cultures, and languages, including in Indonesia, Zambia, Kenya, India, and the Philippines, to name a few.
Meet the Team
Did you know that all of our staff and missionaries raise their own support? If you are interested in financially supporting one or more of our RYH Team members, click on the ‘ i ‘ icon underneath their profile.