Re:generation began out of the vision of Watermark Community Church that life change happens best in an authentic community of people helping one another live out God's plan for life by working through biblical principles together.
The Bible says that the local church should be a place of healing for its members and the hurting people of its community. God uses imperfect people who are willing to live authentically and follow His instruction to transform each other's lives (Galatians 6:2, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, James 5:16, 1 John 1:7-9, 2 Timothy 3:16).
Watermark began its recovery ministry in 2002 as one way (of many) to fulfill this vision. In the following years the ministry grew to serve several hundred participants weekly with many lives being transformed by God. After much prayer, in 2011, Watermark's recovery ministry set out to develop new curriculum that would provide daily, structured opportunities for people to heal and grow in their relationships with God and others. We believe that a daily connection with God provides the best opportunity for all of us to understand God's love, how He sees us and realize His plan for our lives. The result of this effort is re:generation recovery, which was fully launched at Watermark in 2013 and began expanding to other locations in 2014.
The word regeneration means "new birth." The colon in our name, re:generation creates double-meaning for the word: "regarding" or "concerning" a generation. At re:generation, we are people who have been given new life by God and long to share the freedom, love and joy we have received from Him with this generation.
C.S. Lewis wrote:
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospel, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and amibition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
What does re:generation cost?
There is no charge to attend re:generation. Once you decide to start the curriculum, you will need to purchase books at different stages of the ministry (about every six weeks). There are a total of six books. Costs can vary slightly at locations. Most of the books run between $10-$15, except for the Inventory Workbook which accompanies Step 4-6 and costs about half the price of the other books. Total cost is between $55-$75 for a year of curriculum with costs spread out through the year.
How long does re:generation take?
The entire re:generation process takes about a year; newcomers and groundwork groups take about 2 months, step-groups take 8 to 10 months. The groundwork curriculum lessons take about 10 minutes per day while step-group curriculum takes about 30 minutes per day. 30 minutes a day with God for one year working on your recovery will change your life.
Is childcare available?
Some locations do provide childcare for leaders and participants. Contact your local re:generation group for more information. Find a re:generation location near you.
Can I come if I don’t have a chemical addiction?
Yes! Re:generation is for everyone. God's steps of healing can free you from any addiction, struggle or hurt. Many people come in order to discover the source of their pain. You will always be welcome regardless of the struggle.