Sozo Ministry and Training
Sozo In Depth
Sozo is a Greek verb often translated “to save.” It’s full meaning is to “save, rescue, heal and deliver, and make whole.” The word can be found 110 times in the New Testament.
According to the ‘first mention’ of Sozo in the Bible, Matthew 1:21, Jesus came to ‘sozo’ his people from their sins. Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, we can expect him to be involved in sozo now and in the future, even as he has been in the past.
Sozo Ministry History
Sozo ministry started at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 1997 and has spread across the globe to over 140 nations in the past 20 years. The International Bethel Sozo Organization (IBSO) was formed in 2005 to support the rapid expansion of sozo ministries in the world.
Sozo In Action
Sozo is primarily a church-based ministry. Those who join a church sozo team find it becomes a lifestyle of helping to heal individuals of the effects of wounding, lies and sin. Delivering people from the enemy’s snares and from generational influences that have affected the family line for years is easy and effective. Sozo guests experience the reality of Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18-19
18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the LORD's favor has come."
We think of sozo ministry as having a tool belt upon which various personal inner healing ministry tools and techniques are hung. Through practice and training, the sozo minister learns to utilize the tools as the Spirit leads. Each tool may be used independently or in concert with any of the others tools to meet any situation. The more skilled we become in following the Holy Spirit in using the tools, the more skilled and effective we become at helping others. Sozo guests learn how to carry on two-way dialog and “sozo conversations” with the Lord. This deepening intimacy with the Lord easily becomes a natural part of an individual's normal Christian lifestyle.
As the Lord does his work of sozo, people are restored, set free, made whole and many find they are able to step out of bondage and captivity into the destiny God has for them.
What to Expect
Sozo ministry is not counseling. It is not a “therapeutic process” or psychological procedure. Since each sozo guest is unique, the sozo minister seeks to follow the Lord in using the appropriate tools to bring about the desired goal -complete connection with the Godhead -Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each sozo session lasts about an hour to an hour and a half.
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Sozo Ministry Training
Basic Sozo Training
Basic sozo ministry tools are easy to learn and practice. This ministry may be one of the easiest and most effective ways to bring wholeness, inner healing and deliverance to God’s sons and daughters. One primary thing that sets Sozo apart from other ministries is this: it’s identity focused, not demon focused. The sozo tools are easy to teach and impart to any believer in Christ who feels called to serve the Lord in inner healing and deliverance ministry. Believers who have no counseling experience or inner healing background have found they can be effective in facilitating life giving Sozo Encounters with the Lord.
Basic Sozo training can be accomplished in about twelve hours which can include a live demo and practical application exercises. Basic Sozo training on DVD is available from the Bethel Sozo ministry at https://shop-sozo.ibethel.org/. A comprehensive Basic Sozo manual and numerous handouts are generally available at live training events. We encourage trainees to do practice sessions in the week(s) following the initial training. This helps them become more familiar with applying each tool and gaining personal confidence in following the Holy Spirit.
Request Sozo Training
To request a Basic Sozo training team for your church or ministry, you may contact Pastor Bill Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor Bill is the Rocky Mountain Regional Sozo Facilitator. He is a certified Bethel Sozo trainer. He oversees support and development of sozo ministries in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, and western Kansas and Nebraska. You may find more information here or by calling 970-616-0012.
We also encourage those who desire to use the sozo tools to remain connected with their church sozo team or with the regional sozo facilitator. The IBSO is a relational network which means we support, encourage, share with one another and hold one another accountable.
After being trained in Basic Sozo, you may contact Pastor Bill at the number above to learn about becoming a short term observer on the Sozo Freedom Steps team.