You’ve heard it since the New Year, but we’ll say it again: Restart is all about recalibrating our priorities and relationships. We believe God is not only doing a new work in our hearts during the weekend—He’s giving us a fresh perspective on steps we can take to energize our Restart journey!
Read on to find how you can personalize your Restart journey at Willow with workshops that strengthen your relationships with others, God, and yourself.
RELATE: Build Better Relationships
February 25─March 18
Gain insight about yourself and others—and receive practical tools to recalibrate your relationships—in this four-week workshop aimed at helping you identify and overcome barriers to build better relationships. Scott Vaudrey, Willow’s Pastoral Response director, teaches this workshop, which is open to anyone. Topics include:
- When Life is Hard: Making sense out of pain
- Origins: When the past is present
- Triggers and Blind Spots: Your truth may not be true
- Difficult Conversations: Wisdom when it matters most
RELATE is both a helpful first step for anyone looking to navigate relational or emotional aspects of their lives and a great next step for those wanting to strengthen the good things already happening in their relationships. The workshop offers large-group teaching from Scott, followed by table discussions led by trained RELATE facilitators. Participants have the option of continuing the conversation with their groups after the workshop ends via materials written by Scott and the Pastoral Response team.
Click here to register
RESTORE: Hope and Healing for Your Marriage
February 25─May 27 in the Atrium
Marriage is hard work and every couple struggles at times. “Unresolved conflict, emotional disconnect, unmet needs, broken trust, you name it─ even the best marriages have to navigate these things,” says Deirdré Jansen van Rensburg, director of RESTORE.
The RESTORE workshop helps couples whose marriages are in a hard season—or who have experienced a hard season in the past. “When we find ourselves struggling,” Deirdré says, “the tendency can be to isolate. It can be scary to share your struggles with others, but isolation will never bring the movement or change you desire. By engaging the concepts in this workshop with other couples—along with gifted teachers and skilled leaders—you can see your relationship in a new light, find more effective ways to engage each other, and even begin to heal from past wounds.”
Whether you’ve been married for one year or 30, God can breathe hope and life into your relationship. It’s never too late for Him to strengthen and recreate your marriage.
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RECOVER: Redeem Your Past, Reclaim Your Future
We all have hurts, habits, and hang-ups that hold us back from the life God dreams for us to experience. At Willow’s RECOVER workshop, participants gather every Wednesday for powerful large-group teaching and issue-and gender-specific small-groups in a confidential environment where everyone is welcome.
Chris Hurta directs Willow’s RECOVER workshop. “If you spend your days quietly struggling alone,” he says, “my hope is you will show up on a Wednesday night and check out RECOVER. You’ll find a safe harbor filled with people like yourself who are addressing their addictions or wounds so they can be set free.”
Everyone has a unique story—and everyone has experienced struggles that have left a mark on their lives. “RECOVER is a place people can begin a genuine restart,” Chris says. “No matter our past, in RECOVER we walk alongside one another to crush the shame that keeps us in the dark, and advocate for the hope we find in Christ.”
7:30 p.m., Wednesdays
Room: Blue Sky 2
No registration necessary. Click here for details.
REBUILD: Finding Life After Loss
Willow’s REBUILD team offers an assortment of workshops that offer comfort, hope, and practical tools for navigating significant loss, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, ongoing health issues, unemployment, or the loss of a home. Utilizing large-group teaching and small-group discussion, workshops are designed to help you process a variety of emotions such as anger, guilt, sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness.
REBUILD is a safe place to share your pain and receive comfort and hope with others who have been there. “REBUILD group leaders have experienced many types of loss,” says Deb Gerlach, who leads the REBUILD team. “We will walk alongside you as you do the work of processing your grief. Our ultimate goal is to help you heal as you engage a life that’s different but can still be full, rich, and joyful.”
REBUILD offers an eight-week core workshop three times a year (fall, winter, and spring), a three-week summer workshop, and a “Handling the Holidays” workshop late each fall.
- REBUILD: The Basics of Life After Loss (Wednesday, April 8)
- REBUILD: Finding Life After Loss Workshop (Wednesdays, April 15–June 3;
- REBUILD: The Land Between (Wednesdays, July 15, 22, and 29)
Learn more about REBUILD