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Immanuel Training Program

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Jessica Handy and Margaret Webb, Immanuel Prayer Trainers

IMMANUEL PRAYER is connecting personally and interactively with the Lord and removing barriers and hindrances to an intimate, interactive lifestyle of connection with Him. The goal is to build and deepen a securely attached relationship with the Lord, one that increases capacity to stay connected to Him, even in difficult life situations or painful memories.

Immanuel Lifestyle Training

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Immanuel Lifestyle Training is an eight-week introductory training program that includes classroom teaching, dyad/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. The Lifestyle Class provides students with an intellectual and experiential understanding of joy and appreciation, secure attachment, and connection with the Lord. Cost: $150 for live classes.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Relational Circuits
  • Securely Attached Relationship
  • Connecting with God
  • Trauma and Capacity
  • The “Big Six” Negative Emotions
  • Returning to Joy
  • Immanuel Journaling
  • Receiving Immanuel Prayer Ministry


Lifestyle students interested in serving others as Immanuel Prayer Ministers may then continue on to take Prayer Minister Training, which is designed specifically to teach, demonstrate and give mentored practice in guiding someone else into an Immanuel experience.

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The list below includes all our live and video classes that are open to the public. To take the class at home with a few friends, buy the DVD set or downloadable videos in our online shop.

2018 Winter Immanuel Lifestyle (Video-Based Course) – Wheaton, IL

Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm
January 11 – March 1, 2018
Trainers: Phyllis Ericksen and Catherine Penney
Cost: $75
Rather than live teaching, this course will primarily be video teaching with live experiential exercises guided by experienced prayer ministers.
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2018 Immanuel Lifestyle – Other Locations

If you would like to host an Immanuel Lifestyle class at your church or organization, contact


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Immanuel Prayer Minister Training

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Immanuel Prayer Minister Training is geared to those who want to learn to offer Immanuel Prayer to others in a setting like a church prayer ministry, a mental health professional practice, a Thriving Recovery Group leadership, or in conjunction with another healing ministry such as spiritual direction or small groups. The training will build on the skills learned in the Lifestyle Training and will include how to guide the process for a recipient and how to handle blocks to experiencing the presence of Jesus. The structure of the class will incorporate classroom teaching, live demonstrations, dyad/triad exercises, and mentored small group practice.  Cost: $200.

The Immanuel Lifestyle Class is a prerequisite to Prayer Minister Training.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Capacity, Joy, and Securely Attached Relationship
  • Guiding the Connection Process
  • Deepening the Connection Process
  • “Reading” the Body
  • The 5 Brain Levels
  • Handling Blocks to Connecting with Jesus


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2017-2018 Immanuel Prayer Minister Training – Wheaton, IL

Class has closed for the fall/winter season. Please check back in spring 2018, and/or join our contact list to receive upcoming class info by email. To receive our monthly email, click the blue “Contact List” button near the top of the right sidebar.

2018 Immanuel Prayer Minister Training – Other Locations

If you would like to host an Immanuel Prayer Minister Training at your church or organization, contact


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Advanced Prayer Minister Training

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Advanced Immanuel Prayer Minister Training is for students who’ve taken Prayer Minister Training and want to continue developing their facilitator skills with feedback from one of our most experienced mentors. This four-week, four-person small group allows each participant to facilitate, receive and observe ministry. Because mentor feedback is targeted to students’ experience, skill levels, and session content, each practicum is unique. All sessions count toward the recommended preparation hours for facilitators, and students may sign up for more than one advanced training. Join an advanced training in formation or find your own group of four (or three, five, or six) PM Training graduates and set up an advanced training together. Class dates and times determined by student and mentor availability. Cost: $80. Contact to set up a class or ask about availability.

2018 Advanced Training – Carol Stream, IL


2018 Advanced Training – Westmont, IL

Class possible pending interest. Contact Wai-Chin Matsuoka ( to indicate interest.

2018 Advanced Training – Other Locations

If your group would like to host an Alive & Well trainer for advanced training, contact


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2018 Live Demos

Come to one, two, or all three live demonstrations of Immanuel Prayer! After a live session of Immanuel Prayer Ministry, an experienced trainer will lead a discussion about the session. These demonstrations and discussions serve a dual purpose – to introduce new people to Immanuel Prayer in a firsthand, experiential way, and to continue equipping those trained in Immanuel Prayer with additional skills for facilitating and receiving ministry. The demonstration and discussion usually last about 1.5-2 hours. No advance registration required.

We may be offering live demos again in summer 2018. Please check back in spring 2018, and/or join our contact list to receive upcoming event info by email. To receive our monthly email, click the blue “Contact List” button near the top of the right sidebar.

Want to know what to expect? View a videotaped live demo


2018 Parenting Workshop

No live workshops have been scheduled. Our Parenting Workshop is available in interactive video format (preview below). Purchase and download it at

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2018 Leader Training Workshop

No live workshops have been scheduled. Our Leader Training Workshop is available in interactive video format. Purchase and download it at


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Other Training Events

The following Life Model Works programs draw from the same sources and research as Alive and Well’s Immanuel Prayer Training Program.

THRIVE Brain Skills Training is a program designed to train our brains in the 19 Joyful Relational Skills that are necessary for developing maturity in our relationships with God, with others and ourselves. This is a 3 year track of week-long trainings along with a workbook of ongoing practice throughout the year.

More information about THRIVE

Connexus (formerly known as Thriving: Recover Your Life) is an innovative and comprehensive life training program comprised of 3 modules that will help you: learn skills to engage God in order to grow spiritually; recover from painful addictions, trauma and attachment pain; learn to create community and healthy relationships around you; discover how to experience the presence of God in a way that heals; experience how God can heal the barriers that we put up in our relationships.

Connexus/Thriving: Recover Your Life incorporates the latest advances in neuroscience with the Life Model concepts and the 19 relational brain skills needed to thrive. This program is revolutionizing churches, recovery programs and other ministries all over the world.

More information about Connexus

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