What is Living Waters?

“Where can I go to share my pain and struggle? Will anyone listen to me? How can I find hope in my struggle? I’m alone and afraid to tell anyone what’s really in my heart.” – LW Participant

Such thoughts and questions plague many Christians. The discipleship and prayer ministry of Living Waters addresses the roots of relational and sexual issues that ensnare Christians into unhealthy living. Living Waters is about finding a way to admitting brokenness, and finally accepting the only way to wholeness is by discovering what the healing power of a relationship with Jesus really means.

LW OverviewBud WorkmonBrad & Angela OstAlan WengTraci WhitmanJohn Wise

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would someone go to Living Waters?

If there is ANY issue that negatively affects your relationship with God, your intimacy with Jesus or your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, then Living Waters is for you! Common issues are…..

  • Fear and anxiety
  • Insecurity
  • Marital problems
  • Co-dependency
  • Pornography
  • Effects of abuse
  • Poor boundaries
  • Sexual addiction or promiscuity
  • Isolation
  • Inability to trust
  • Anger or unforgiveness
  • Masturbation
  • Gender identity issues
  • Unwanted same-sex attraction
  • Fantasy
  • Shame and self-hatred
  • Emotional pain from past

Living Waters provides a thoughtful and safe place to look at the ways we’ve become ensnared. Through weekly times of worship, teaching and small group prayer, our program leaders walk with participants in their struggle so they can live in freedom and truth. We pray for God’s healing to restore broken areas of life so that people can “love well” as God intended.

Living Waters is a 24 week closed group for men and women seeking healing in their lives. It is an intensive and unique small group. Ultimately, we learn how to press into Jesus more deeply, allowing Him to meet our needs and transform us for His Kingdom purposes. With groups all over the world, and with over thirty years of ministering God’s healing love, the Living Waters program is a proven path of healing.

Through the worship, teaching, prayer and small groups of Living Waters we learn about:

  • God’s powerful love for us and how Jesus is central to our hope for wholeness
  • The depth of our brokenness and our profound need for Him.
  • The power of the cross to restore our souls, sexuality and relationships
  • The process of walking out our healing
  • Our place in the church and loving others honorably
How is Living Waters presented?

Living Waters is a 20-lesson program taught in a closed-group format. The leaders have been trained and a confidentiality policy is in place to help ensure trust and safety.

Each meeting includes:

WORSHIP – We focus our attention and praise on God rather than our problems.

THE WORD – Living Waters’ teachings combine biblical truths and psychological insights that help us to know God and ourselves better.

THE WORKS OF JESUS – Through healing prayer in large and small group settings, we invite the Holy Spirit to heal our various wounds. We bring our sins, and those committed against us, to the Lord who is faithful to set us free.

BOTH GENDERS REPRESENTED – We value men and women working out their healing together. Great healing comes as men and women minister and receive alongside one another in worship, teaching and prayer in the large group (though the small groups are same-sex). This reflects God’s intention and character.  Foundational to Living Waters is the reality that God created us in His image as male and female.

Is Living Waters for Me?

You may want to consider participating in Living Waters if the following statements describe you:

  • A desire to deepen your relationship with Christ
  • A willingness to face the sinfulness of your present state and the painful realities that led you there. This involves exploring hurts from your past specifically related to key people in your life, such as your parents
  • A willingness to be open and honest with others about your brokenness, including sexual feelings and practices, as well as issues of identity and emotional immaturity
  • A desire to grow in the truth that you are God’s gift to others in your gender and sexual self
  • A willingness to receive the healing ministry of the Holy Spirit in these deep areas
  • A desire and willingness to walk out of sinful patterns
  • A desire to grow in your relationship in the body of Christ
  • A desire to become a good gift to your local church
What will I learn?

Living Waters uses a detailed guidebook that includes teachings, questions and additional readings that help us move from brokenness to maturity. Some topics addressed include:

  • Acknowledging our need for God
  • Receiving God’s love
  • Discovering who we are designed to be as relational and sexual beings made in God’s image
  • The power of the cross and confession
  • Renouncing our idols
  • Reconciliation between men and woman
  • How to deal with the pain in your life
  • The power of forgiving others and ourselves
  • Learning how to set healthy boundaries
  • Healing of father, mother and foundational wounds
  • Healing from abuse
  • The roots of gender brokenness
  • Understanding and overcoming addiction
  • Embracing the church as our healing community
  • Building healthy relationships over the course of a lifetime

“God used Living Waters to expose the roots of the broken patterns in my life so I could truly begin to heal for the first time.” – LW Participant

How much does Living Waters cost?

Living Waters upfront tuition is $500 for the 24 week program. This tuition enables the program administration and facilities, and includes materials and dinners. The tuition engages program commitment which benefits individual & fellow participants and leaders, creating a safe environment.   An alternative payment plan will be considered on an individual basis, but will be the exception. Some scholarship funds may be available and awarded, based upon need.

Is Living Waters really a 24 week program? Why?

Yes. Living Waters is indeed a 24 week program. The length of the program allows for participants to deepen trust in God and others, and untangle and heal many years of brokenness.

Does Living Waters have a confidentiality policy?

Living Waters is a closed-group format. A confidentiality policy is enforced to ensure trust and safety in the small groups.

What if I cannot commit to Living Waters or if it doesn’t begin again for many months?

CrossCurrent, a mini Living Waters, runs twice a year, August- September, and January – March. CrossCurrent is an open, Christ-centered support group for those seeking truth and grace in their relationships and or sexuality. Chapters include:  Unfailing Love, Getting Real, The Cross and the False Self, Getting Clean, Getting Healed, Becoming Secure in the Father’s Love, Loving Others and Beyond Brokenness.  Many who complete this class, go on to seek deeper healing in Living Waters, if their schedule allows.  CrossCurrent is a 7 or 8 week, Tuesday night class that cost $10.  No application needed.

Download the CrossCurrent Brochure | Register Here »

Do you have counselors on staff?

Jeanine Dungan, call Gwen Wiley at 404-564-3159 or gwiley@apostles.org
Brian Maxwell, call 404-591-1966 or bmaxwell@apostles.org
Ron Ervin, call Gwen Wiley at 404-564-3159 or gwiley@apostles.org

Online Payment

You can pay the Living Waters registration online here:

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When & Where

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
October 2, 2018 – March 26, 2019
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Application

Download Living Waters Application » Applications accepted beginning NOW and running through September 14. If space is still available, then applications will be accepted through October 5. Interviews begin August 15.

Questions?

If you have additional questions about Living Waters please email

Brian Maxwell | bmaxwell@apostles.org or

Beth Geary | bgeary@apostles.org

Brochure

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What Others Have Said

“Through Living Waters, God gently drew my attention from my imperfections and areas of sin and refocused my attention on Him. I am now defined through Him and not through anything I have or haven’t done.”

“Through Living Waters, God has given me an increasing confidence in my manhood, faith, talents, relationships and my place in the Christian community. I no longer cower away from God and church because I struggle with certain sins, but run to Him stronger because He offers comfort and strength in my weakness.”

“I have felt burdens released through prayer. So many chains were broken, sins forgiven and forsaken, generational sins broken, hurtful words prayed against. . .I will never forget the healing that has taken place in Living Waters.”

“In Living Waters I learned that I need not be afraid and self-reliant, but that God is with me and is my protector. In fact, I am His divine masterpiece!”

“I have struggled with anger at women, but Living Waters healed areas, and helped me honor my wife and women in general. In fact, I have learned that God embodies both the masculine and feminine, and both are blessed.”

“I have learned how important community is. I need to know that God loves me as I am and that others can to. Also, childhood abuse had led to relationship difficulties. But I am now closer to God and others.”