about SOZO Ministry
What is Sozo?
61:1-4 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for
the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the
year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all
who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a
crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of
righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
is a ministry of seeing people freed from the influence and control of the
enemy (Isiah 61). This is accomplished through a prayer session with a team
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As the team prays, the Holy Spirit
uncovers past and present lies
the enemy has caused the individual to believe (at least subconsciously) as
well as points of entry or access. (Points of entry tend to be past sin we
have committed or sins against us, or wounding the individual has been
through, causing present consequences.) When we remove the ground for this
access, the lies lose their ability to influence and control our lives. It is
then that freedom from ongoing unhealthy strongholds and issues can be
released in the individual’s life.
Where did Sozo come from?
and deliverance ministry have been around since Jesus demonstrated His power
on earth as he healed (sozoed) many that came to Him. The term
"Sozo" is a Greek word from the New Testament that means to save,
make whole, heal, to be whole, rescue from danger, and deliver (basically, to
save in every imaginable way!). Matthew 18:11 says “the Son of Man is come to
save (sozo) that which was lost.” Jesus came to completely restore back to us
all that the lies of the enemy have stolen from us! This particular style or
format for ministry has evolved from roots in the Argentine revivals, the
understanding and writings of various practitioners of inner healing and
deliverance, and from the experience of several churches and individuals
including Randy Clark's ministry and Bethel Church in Redding, California. Some
of our leadership has been trained through Daystar Church in Atlanta.
Is Sozo like professional counseling?
ministry is not "professional" in that Sozo ministers are not
degreed counselors, but simply Christians with a desire to help each other
overcome obstacles and strongholds in their lives. Sozo ministers at
Restoration are Christians from a variety of church affiliations and
backgrounds and all of them have had training and experience as an observer
and assistant before being in charge of a session. Sozo is not counseling, in
that it may only consist of one or a few sessions, which tend to be
approximately one to two hours in length. Each session is designed to help
remove roadblocks and hindrances to spiritual growth, relationships, and
intimacy with Jesus. One of our favorite things about Sozo Ministry is that
it helps you focus on the issue the Holy Spirit seems to be “highlighting” at
the time, without keeping you “navel-gazing” too long. We all have areas we
need more freedom in, but we believe it comes most easily when the Holy
Spirit surfaces something by bringing it to the forefront in our lives. Even
though we may come into a session feeling overwhelmed and desperate, He most
often deals with the things that He knows we will have the grace to maintain
freedom in. He knows the pace we can handle. He also knows and reveals the
little keys from our past that open big doors!
What is a session like? What is the approach?
is an approach to inner healing and deliverance that is directed by the Holy
Spirit. As facilitators, The
Sozo ministers use various “tools” to help the Sozoee get free so they can
walk in freedom and greater intimacy with the Godhead. Just as a builder would use different
tools to dismantle an old house and remodel, the Sozo minster uses whatever
tool is needed to dismantle
Satan’s lies, heal inner wounds, and rebuild identity and
relationships with others and the Godhead based on truth and freedom.
is clear that the enemy takes advantage of our wounds and sin to hold us in
bondage. He is able to gain access at specific points in time through
"open doors." When we find those doors and close them, we remove
any right of access. As a result, we are finally able to gain freedom. We can
become free from wounding through uncovering the lies that we have believed
and embracing the truth. We are then free to forgive and bless. We become
free from sin's effects through recognizing our part in it, confessing, forgiving,
renouncing, repenting, and/or breaking ties and past covenants. Sozo
typically operates through the ministry of a two- to three-person team in one
or more sessions. Sessions are gentle, confidential, friendly, relaxed and
informal. The session involves prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit to
1) identify past and present points of the enemy’s access into a believer's
life, 2) remove these grounds for access through confession, forgiveness,
renouncing, repenting, etc., 3) bring light to the darkness and 4) bless him or her through
ongoing prayer and encouragement. Every Sozo ministry session is different
because, in each session, the Sozo team relies on the leading and revelation
of the Holy Spirit to guide the direction and steps. However, some general
goals and approaches are in place to help provide breakthrough.
What do I do if I want to receive Sozo ministry?
Make sure you are ready! Are you really willing to be completely honest and
2. Are you a Christian or do you desire to be one? We will not minister to
those who are not professing Christians or who are not willing to give
Lordship of their lives to Jesus Christ.
3. If you are at Restoration, you can get an application and return it in the
file marked “Completed Sozo Applications” on the same table. If you are not
at Restoration, you can e-mail the address below for an application. Your
name will be added to the waiting list when we have received a completed
application. Please note that it may be 1 or 2 weeks before you are scheduled
for an appointment. You will be contacted once there is an appointment available.
4. Please note we will try to schedule appointments on Wednesday nights from
(6:30 to 8:30pm) or Tuesday or Friday (12:30-2:30pm) afternoons.
5. You may want to ask a couple of your family members or friends to cover
you in prayer prior to your session, during the actual appointment, and in
the days to follow. Oftentimes, individuals experience anxiety or extra
warfare, but be encouraged that you are taking new ground in the spirit!
6. Please do everything possible not to cancel or be late.