Immanuel Encounter Guide Training

For 10 years Alive & Well has been effectively training both professionals and lay-persons to lead others into the presence of Jesus using the approach learned from Dr. Jim Wilder and Dr. Karl Lehman.  Alive & Well's commitment has always been to train not only with information and observation but with intensive practice in small groups led by trained mentors.  This approach has worked well through the years for an in-person format, as we impacted individuals from over 100 churches in the Chicagoland area.  At the beginning of 2021, we redesigned the program in an online format and successfully ran a Beta course in the spring.  We have also renamed our approach The Immanuel Encounter and the facilitators are called Encounter Guides.

This new online program and involves teaching videos and pdf handouts on our Thinkific platform, live Zoom practice groups led by trained mentors, and live demonstration sessions.  The program is led by Margaret Webb.

The 10-week curriculum includes topics such as:

Joy and Capacity,

What the Immanuel Encounter Is and Isn't,

The Basic Elements of the Encounter Process, and

Encounter Guiding Skills: Attunement, Reflective Listening, Open-Ended Questions, Finding a Connection Experience and Maintaining Connection, and How to Handle Disconnection and Reconnection. 


We also look at how understanding the Pain Processing Pathway and the Brain Levels impacts the Encounter process.


Each student has several opportunities throughout the course to practice guiding a session with feedback from the mentor.


The Immanuel Encounter Guide Training (IEGT) requires completion of the prerequisite course: Immanuel Encounter Lifestyle. This course is available on the Immanuel Lifestyle Training page and is free with a request for a $100 donation to Alive and Well, Inc.  It is a video-based 8 lesson curriculum designed to be taken by a small group of 3 or more. The online version of Lifestyle will be offered in January '22.

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Immanuel Encounter Guide Training Sessions

Enrollment is closed for the 2021 sessions.

New sessions are coming in 2022.

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