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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


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.

The list below includes all our live classes that are open to the public. To take the class at home with a few friends, buy and download our Immanuel Lifestyle for Small Groups video course. Use the yellow “Shop” button in the sidebar to get more information or purchase the course.

2016 Immanuel Lifestyle – Chicago, IL


2016 Immanuel Lifestyle – Carol Stream, IL

6:30 – 9:00 pm Wednesdays, June 15, 22, 29, July 13 & 20
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturday, July 30
Location: Alive & Well’s Chicagoland Office (map & directions)
Trainer: Leren Chamberlain
Cost: $150 individual / $225 married couple
This class is open to everyone, including repeat attenders. Students must commit to attending at least 6 of the 8 sessions (Saturday includes 2 sessions).
Register now!

2016 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

2016 Immanuel Prayer Minister Training – Chicago, IL

3:30-6:30 p.m., Sundays, April 10 – May 29 (no class May 8)
Lawndale Community Church, Chicago, IL (map)
Trainers: Wai-Chin Matsuoka and Jessie Handy
Cost: $200
Prerequisite: Completion of Immanuel Lifestyle

2016 Immanuel Prayer Minister Training – Wheaton, IL

This class will probably be offered again in the fall of 2016.

2016 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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Facilitator Practicum

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Immanuel Facilitator Practicum is for students who’ve taken Prayer Minister (PM) 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 practicum. Join a practicum in formation or find your own group of four (three to five) PM Training graduates and set up a practicum together. Class dates and times determined by student and mentor availability. Cost: $80. Contact to set up a class or ask about availability.

2016 Facilitator Practicum – Carol Stream, IL


2016 Facilitator Practicum – Westmont, IL

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

2016 Facilitator Practicum – Other Locations

If your group would like to host an Alive & Well trainer for a four-session practicum, contact


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Summer 2016 Live Demos

Alive & Well trainers and mentors will lead a series of live demonstrations of Immanuel Prayer this summer. Each live demo date will include one or two sessions of Immanuel Prayer ministry each followed by a discussion/debrief time. Facilitators and recipients may be determined in advance or volunteers selected from those in attendance. This format provides a perfect opportunity to introduce friends to Immanuel Prayer, to continue your own learning and growth, and possibly to receive ministry or get feedback on your facilitator skills. Come when you can. Bring a friend. Pay at the door by cash or check – $10 per person per date. See you there!

June – Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00 pm
June 9 – location TBD
June 16 – location TBD
June 23 – location TBD

July – Saturday mornings, 9:00-11:30 am
July 9 – location TBD
July 16 – location TBD
July 23 – location TBD

Location will be at the Alive & Well office (address & map) unless otherwise noted. Check back closer to July 9 for location details TBD.


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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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