A training course on the Immanuel Approach

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.

http://vimeo.com/album/1868168

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Exercises for Groups and Beginners for Immanuel Approach

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.

http://www.immanuelapproach.com/pdf/ExercisesGroupsBeginners.pdf

Overview of the Immanuel Approach: First chapter of the book

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.

http://www.outsmartingyourself.org/pdf/Chapter1Website2011.pdf

12 Marks of New Monasticism

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.