At Sacred Tree, we believe that there are two pivotal decisions in a Christian's life. The first is Salvation, which is where we are freely given the gift of eternal life at the moment we accept that Jesus is our one true saviour and commit ourselves to making him lord over our life. The second is the process of sanctification. This is where we engage in the continuous process of becoming more and more like Jesus. This happens when we begin to shape how we think, act, and live by intentionally building personal relationships with God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. As a byproduct, we begin walking out biblical principles in all aspects of our life - leading to true healing and lasting freedom.
We have found that many Christian women get lost somewhere between steps 1 and 2 and end up with a wrong view of God or a wrong view of how God sees them. At Sacred Tree, we have made it our mission to help women find true healing and lasting freedom by correcting these wrong views, identifying and removing barriers to true identity, and teaching biblical foundations that help us navigate life.
We are ALL called to make disciples, preach the gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demonic oppression. We believe our specific focus of discipleship at Sacred Tree is to help women who already know of God but don't necessarily have a right relationship with Him. At Sacred Tree, we are called to "The Lost among the people of Israel" to teach them how to access the Kingdom of God, bring them closer to Him, and daily walk in the authority and freedom that comes from being a healed and made whole daughter of the King.
“Jesus commissioned these twelve to go out into the ripened harvest fields with these instructions: “Don’t go into any non-Jewish or Samaritan territory. Go instead and find the lost sheep among the people of Israel. And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.’ You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others." - Mathew10:5-9 Passion Translation
What We Believe...
We believe in the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
1 Timothy 2:5
John 14:16, 26
We believe the Bible is God’s infallible and authoritative word that was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of these work together in our lives to reconcile the relationship with our Father that was damaged in the Garden of Eden.
We believe in Jesus Christ; in his virgin birth; in his sinless life; in his miracles; in his payment for our sins on the cross, his death, and his resurrection where he ascended to the right hand of the Father; in his intercession for man, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe in the present power, authority, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; we further believe His miracles, power and gifts are available to believers today.
What started in the Garden ended in the Tomb.
We believe that in the Garden of Eden man chose to partner with Satan and exposed humanity to knowledge that led to their spiritual and sometimes physical death. This decision led to the painful and disparaging separation from God in a way that He never intended. We believe this can only be redeemed by the teaching, death, resurrection, and assertion of Jesus Christ. We believe that by partnering with the Holy Spirit, following the teachings of Jesus and making him Lord over our life, we not only have access to eternal life but the ability to know the Kingdom of God in present. We believe that God's eternal love is shown in His pursuit of our reconciliation back to a full and unhindered relationship with Him demonstrated and made possible through the cross.
Freely we give because freely we have been given.
We acknowledge that we have been saved by grace and redeemed by Jesus in a way that we did not earn and could never repay and by that we are called to pay it forward. We established Sacred Tree as a pay-what-you-can ministry in order to be able to help those who are not able to help themselves. People just like us. Each session is as much as a gift to us as it is to those we help. Pay what you can, pay extra if you feel called. We want this to be a preasure free zone accessible to all.
" You won’t need a lot of money. Travel light, and don’t even pack an extra change of clothes in your backpack. Trust God for everything, because the one who works for him deserves to be provided for.” - Mathew 10:5-10:
What We Value...
Yielded to the process of sanctification.
"God’s marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone. This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age.”
Titus 2:11-12 TPT
Truth in love.
We are committed to furthering the faith by leading you to fully understand the truth, love, and grace revealed through God’s word which leads to Godliness and rests on the hope of eternal life through Jesus. Titus 1:1
Commitment to discipleship.
With generous love and patient endurance, we are committed to helping others live disciplined lives full of solid faith, dignity, and self-control. Titus 2:2
God's truth over man's opinion.
We are not going to speak of our own opinions or the opinions of the world. Everything we teach will be grounded in and point back to God’s word. 2 Corinthians 10:5, 2 Timothy 3:3-4
Leaders are Continual Learners.
We hold ourselves accountable for maintaining a firm grasp on the trustworthy message of God’s word that we have been taught, enabling us to both encourage others with healthy teachings and provide strong evidence of God’s truth to those who oppose His teaching. Titus 1:9
Living Set Apart.
Our lives should reflect our walk with Jesus. We are committed to living set apart, righteous, and practicing what we teach. We work always to maintain our walk with Jesus. This is not a one-and-done thing. Nor do we claim perfection. True transformation is a lifelong partnership with the presence of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are committed to that process in our own lives and are here to help you. Titus 3:8, Titus 1:7-9, Titus 2:7
Protecting the Purity of God's Word.
We are not afraid to confront corrupt teaching. We are committed to teaching the purity of scripture and to correcting false teachings and messages of counterfeit healing. We don’t go down rabbit holes. We don’t fill in the holes of the mysteries of God with the opinions, theories, and commandments of men. If God hasn’t revealed it, we understand that His thinking is above our own and not everything is for our understanding Titus 3:9, Titus 1:10-14, Titus 2:8
Submission to Authority.
We submit to local and national authorities. Sacred Tree has a board of advisors that help guide and hold us accountable to each of these values. We obey the local and national laws where they do not contradict with God’s values. Titus 3:1
This is a judgment-free zone. We commit to a humble heart being not wise in our own eyes, (Proverbs 3:7) Remembering that we also were once where you are. Titus 3:3.
We believe that it is not by works, but by grace, we are transformed. There is nothing you can do to earn right living. It is the connection to God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the commitment to being more like Jesus that transforms us. Titus 3:5
Serving is an Honor.
As humble servants, we believe that helping others is an honor and a privilege, we are committed to proving ourselves trustworthy and ensuring we provide a safe place in which you feel seen, heard, accepted, and loved. Titus 2:9-10
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:16-19 NLT
We focus on the following areas of healing...
Past & Family Matters...
At Sacred Tree, we believe that there are times when the problems we experience are passed down through generations or a result of words spoken over us throughout our life. This can be spiritual in nature or behavioral patterns passed down from one generation to the next. Through the guidance of scripture and the Holy Spirit, we can identify and help correct these generational barriers that keep us from repeating unhealthy family cycles.
2 Corinthians 10:5
At Sacred Tree. we believe that most of our roadblocks to living a life free from the bondage of condemnation and shame rest in a wrong view of God or a wrong view of how God sees you. We work with you to identify these wrong belief systems and help you replace them with the Truth of God's word, renewing the mind and aligning your identity with God's faithful and enduring love.
Hurts & Unforgiveness
At Sacred Tree, unforgiveness is the main reason we encounter that prevents people from moving forward into healing. It may seem productive, but the festering boil of holding on to how others have wronged you negatively impacts your thoughts, and emotions, and acting out of unforgiveness causes us to behave in ways that we otherwise wouldn't. There is no getting around the fact that Unforgiveness is a sin and separates us from God. But scripture also tells us that He is waiting and ready to heal our deepest pain if we will let Him. Forgiveness doesn't heal our hurts but it releases us from the bondage it has over our lives and allows God to pave the way for true, lasting, and complete healing. At Sacred Tree, we get to the root of unforgiveness and demonstrate how when we choose to forgive others it paves the way for God to heal wounds they never thought could heal.
1 Peter 5:8
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
The above problem areas can leave us open and susceptible to spiritual attachments and demonic oppression. Many people believe that at the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit evicts all demonic oppression. However, in Ezekiel we can find an example that illustrates the fallacy of this argument. At Sacred Tree, we believe, based on scripture, that although Christians cannot be possessed which involves ownership, we can be oppressed which involves bondage to demonic influence. We see examples of this play out in everyday life through seemingly unexplained problems, unexplained losses, and people who are angry, irritable, or sad without cause. At Sacred Tree, we are very careful to rule out other causes before we label anything demonic oppression. By process of elimination, the identification of the above open doors, and through careful consideration, we will at times recommend clients go through deeper inner healing and deliverance sessions.
Certified Biblical Foundations Counselor
Faith Counseling Institue | Bachelor in Arts Emergency & Disaster Management with a concentration in Disaster Psychology from AMU
Susanne is the Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Tree Ministries. She specializes in leadership development and helping women overcome destructive life patterns by focusing on their spiritual health.
Master of Social Work with a focus in mental health from North Carolina State University.
Elyssa Lee is a partner at Sacred Tree Ministries and a practicing psychotherapist. Her passion is to help people heal from past hurts and restore their true identity in Christ so they may live loved, whole, and free.