How can I learn the Immanuel


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Alive & Well offers training in the Immanuel Lifestyle. Our training program is based on the collaborative work of Karl Lehman and Jim Wilder, who co-founded the Immanuel Approach. It also incorporates elements from Margaret’s training as a therapist and Jessie’s training as a teacher and pastor.

Immanuel Lifestyle Training is an eight-week introductory training program that includes classroom teaching, triad exercises, and small group Immanuel experiences. This course is intended for those who want to increase their ability to recognize and experience God’s presence, grow in intimacy with Him, deepen and mature their relationships with others, and continue their own healing journey. It is available at the Free Resources tab above.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Relational Brain Circuits

  • Joy and Secure Attachment

  • Connecting with God

  • The “Big Six” Negative Emotions

  • Returning to Joy

  • Trauma and Capacity

The Immanuel Encounter Guide Training is now available ONLINE for those who have completed Immanuel Lifestyle and want to learn to offer Immanuel ministry to others. This course includes how to guide the Immanuel Encounter for a ministry recipient and how to handle blocks to experiencing the presence of Jesus. The class structure incorporates  classroom teaching, live demonstrations, and mentored small group practice; all of thi sis available in an online platform.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Capacity, Joy, and Secure Attachment

  • Guiding and Deepening Connection with Jesus

  • Handling Blocks to Connecting with Jesus

  • “Reading” the Body

  • The Five Brain Levels

WHAT PEOPLE SAY about our training


This might be the missing link in many churches, a simple introduction to having an ongoing interactive relationship with the Father, just as Jesus did. We are very excited about this!


Our team is now equipped and confident to minister in Immanuel Prayer. In the two short months since our training, we have seen many people experience the loving presence of God in a way that they never have before.


"What a profound, yet easy to learn, relational model for transformation, spiritual growth and healing! The best 8 weeks of spiritual training I’ve experienced. This material is changing me, my ministry, and my community."

how can i take these classes?

Find a trainer.

See if someone on our list of trainers is offering courses in your area. No trainer near you? Visit our Training and Free Resources pages for downloadable or streaming content for use in your own home or church.

Develop an Immanuel Lifestyle community.

We highly recommend finding a few other people who will learn the Immanuel Lifestyle with you. For one thing, the Immanuel Lifestyle is inherently relational, and learned best in practice with other people. Secondly, you’ll have a core group of people from the beginning who will understand each other’s new discoveries and language, and who can practice together everything you’re learning. You’ll be developing the essential support system and ongoing learning community necessary for living the Immanuel Lifestyle.

Take the Immanuel Lifestyle Course.

The Immanuel Lifestyle is inspired by the scripture that calls Jesus Immanuel, the God who is with us. It involves an important paradigm shift in Christian discipleship and healing that focuses on regular, interactive connection with the real presence of Jesus. The Alive and Well Immanuel Lifestyle Course is informed by the work of Dr Jim Wilder of Life Model Works and Dr Karl Lehman of the Immanuel Approach, as well as the professional experience of Margaret Webb and Jessica Duisberg. The Course includes teaching and experiential practice of the core elements of the Immanuel Lifestyle. It is also a helpful introduction to the wisdom and practices of the Life Model. It is designed to be run in groups with a minimum of three. The video series of 8 sessions can be offered with or without an experienced trainer. We consider this Course to be an important prerequisite for those wanting to train as an Immanuel Encounter Guide. In January '22 we will launch our online version of the Lifestyle course that will include video teaching and live mentored practice groups on Zoom.

Experience an Immanuel Encounter.

What we mean by the Immanuel Encounter is an individual ministry session with a trained Immanuel Encounter Guide. There are many ways to encounter Jesus, the God who is with us. But in our study with Wilder and Lehman, we have learned a process of facilitating an encounter that often results in deeper connection with Jesus and the resolution of hindrances to a lifestyle of intimacy with him. On the homepage you can find many video demonstrations of the Immanuel Encounter under Free Resources. Our Trainer Directory can help you find people around the country who have trained with us and offer ministry.

Train to be an Immanuel Encounter Guide

Alive and Well has redesigned our Encounter Guide program (formerly known as Immanuel Prayer Minister Training). The new online program involves teaching videos and pdf handouts on our Thinkific platform, live Zoom practice groups led by trained mentors, and live demonstration sessions. If you have learned and are living the Immanuel Lifestyle and you feel led to help others experience the presence of Jesus in this way, please go to the Immaneul Encounter Guide Training page for information about current and upcoming courses. Subscribe to Alive and Well to get updates on upcoming courses.