Wow! A full free course about the Immanuel Approach by trainers from a great ministry called Alive and Well They have a retreat center in our neck of the woods in Newton County. That’s exciting! I find them to be kindred spirits, with one of their teachers having experience with coordinating an intentional community.
Here’s the course.
Margaret Webb of the organization Alive and Well shares her experience of the Immanuel Approach along with an overview of this healing prayer method which can be found at www.immanuelapproach.com
An unscripted, unrehearsed session using the Immanuel Approach, a prayer ministry that helps people connect more deeply with God and heal emotional trauma.
“One of the best ways to introduce people to the Immanuel approach. Inspiring, encouraging, and faith building!” from the website www.immanuelapproach.com
I find it very exciting and encouraging that the developers of the Immanuel Approach figured out that it is safe to facilitate large groups using this method. This is an excellent overview of how to help groups from three to three hundred.
One of the biggest blocks to healthy relationships in community is the emotional baggage that most of us bring into the mix. David Janzen, the author of The Intentional Christian Commmunity handbook, recommends this method which has been used with very effective results in Christian Communities.
I have studied and practiced emotional healing extensively during the past 33 years, and this sounds like it really makes sense especially for Christians. I am going to delve deep into learning about this.
I am in alignment with all of these. But I wonder–does our way out in the sticks location classify as abandoned? I think so.
1) Relocation to the abandoned places of Empire.
2) Sharing economic resources with fellow community members and the needy among us.
3) Hospitality to the stranger
4) Lament for racial divisions within the church and our communities combined with the active pursuit of a just reconciliation.
5) Humble submission to Christ’s body, the church.
6) Intentional formation in the way of Christ and the rule of the community along the lines of the old novitiate.
7) Nurturing common life among members of intentional community.
8) Support for celibate singles alongside monogamous married couples and their children.
9) Geographical proximity to community members who share a common rule of life.
10) Care for the plot of God’s earth given to us along with support of our local economies.
11) Peacemaking in the midst of violence and conflict resolution within communities along the lines of Matthew 18.
12) Commitment to a disciplined contemplative life.