More about SOZO Ministry

What is Sozo?

 Isaiah 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.


Sozo 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

You can download a SOZO application and when complete please fax to: 770.751.0334 or email to: sozo@restorationchurchna.org

that 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?
Prayer 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?
Sozo 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?
Sozo 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.

Scripture 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?
1. Make sure you are ready! Are you really willing to be completely honest and transparent?
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.

For inquiries, please e-mail 

sozo@restorationchurchna.org