Today’s episode with Dr. Karl Lehman is part two of our discussion about his work in developing the Immanuel approach for healing. The Immanuel approach was developed as a unique therapeutic tool to heal trauma by accessing God’s presence in the midst of painful memories. Drawing on a history of Christian inner healing work and recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, the Immanuel approach has been used around the world to facilitate permanent resolution for trauma.

Today, I discuss with Karl some needed cautions and disclaimers as people begin using and facilitating the Immanuel approach. We also talk about what I think is an even more exciting outworking of the Approach: it’s what Karl calls, “The Immanuel Lifestyle”. This Immanuel lifestyle is what allowed me to find sustained healing and growth over the last several years as the experience I had in the Immanuel approach took on a life of its own and created a whole new set of behaviors and beliefs about God’s love and presence in my life.

If today’s episode is encouraging to you, I’d welcome you to visit the Immanuel approach website: www.immanuelapproach.org to find more resources. I’d also welcome you to join us on our Immanuel approach retreat in Elijay, GA March 1-3 next year. You’ll get an overview of the science and theology behind the Immanuel approach. You’ll also have the chance to try a number of interactive exercises designed to facilitate an experience of God’s presence in your memories and your daily life. You can get more info at mailchi.mp/6d428b62877e/immanuel-retreat-save-the-date

 

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

The Immanuel Approach: www.immanuelapproach.com

The Immanuel Retreat: https://mailchi.mp/6d428b62877e/immanuel-retreat-save-the-date

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Dr. Harvey Kwiyani is a professor of African Christianity and Theology at Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom. Originally from Malawi, Harvey received his PhD in Theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where I frist met him. He is the author of Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West. He is also the founder of Missio Africanus, a new initiative designed to train global Christians living in the west to engage thoughtfully in mission and navigate cross-cultural barriers. Harvey has become a thought leader on reverse mission in which global Christians from the two-thirds world are living intentionally and missionaly in Europe and North America in hope of revitalizing Western Christianity.

 

I’m personally excited about the conversation because Harvey has been a personal friend for many years and is one the first African friends to help me understand the world of African theology and spirituality. Over lunch one day he told me about the Bantu philosophy of Ubuntu and I ran home so excited to write a blog post on the connections between the humanizing tradition of Ubuntu and the work of making disciples of Jesus. Harvey and I have spent time together on 3 continents and I have grown to appreciate him as a fresh voice in the global conversation on global theology and mission.

 

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

Dr. Harvey Kwiyani: hope.ac.uk/staff/kwiyanh.html

Sent Forth book: a.co/7SvaGVV 

Missio Africanus: www.missioafricanus.org

Nate’s blog on Ubuntu: www.jesusnomads.com/2012/02/ubuntu-humanization-through.html

Nate’s video for Missio Africanus: www.vimeo.com/117239602

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org

Arahdna (music on today’s episode): www.arahdnamusic.com

 

Graham Standish is the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople Pennsylvania. He is also an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh theological seminary and Tyndale theological seminary in Toronto. Graham is the author of several books including in God’s presence: encountering, experiencing, and embracing the holy and worship, humble leadership, and becoming a blessed church: forming a church of spiritual purpose, present, and power.

What fascinated me about Graham is the way he shepherded his own presbyterian congregation in discernment and a spiritual practices. He transitioned his church from a congregational model to a spirit led model in which everything from Bible studies to committee meetings are shaped not by Roberts rules of order, but by prayerful attentiveness to what the Spirit is saying and doing in every situation.

After stumbling accidentally across the presence of Jesus in healing patients at a psychiatric hospital where he served as a therapist, Graham enrolled in a PhD program at Duquesne University, where he studied Christian spirituality from Catholic, Protestant, charismatic, and contemplative traditions. His work and writing is permeated by a deeply Trinitarian theology and a simple confidence that God is at work in every situation and our job is simply to discern and cooperate with his movement.

For more information on resources discussed in today’s episode:

Global Disciple Builder: www.globaldisciplebuilder.com

Global Disciple Builder Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/globaldisciplebuilder/

Worldwide Discipleship Association: www.disciplebuilding.org

Graham Standish: www.ngrahamstandish.org

Graham’s writings: www.amazon.com/N.-Graham-Standish/e/B000APLCY8/

Calvin Presbyterian Church: www.calvinchurchzelie.org/

Duquense University: www.duq.edu/

Tim Coons: www.giantsandpilgrims.com

New Connections and a Bright Future for WDA Africa

Nairobi 2017 finished Friday with the commissioning of 5 new staff, including new country directors for Congo and Ethiopia. Yesterday, those who are still here drove through Nairobi National Park featuring giraffes, one flustered ostrich, and a big lion fresh off her kill.

The conference I think far exceeded everyone’s expectations. Our 13 African associates connected exceptionally well with each other and our 13 American staff and volunteers, promising to pray for each other and to work together whenever possible. I was thrilled to see them think more strategically about WDA and begin to see it as a truly continental movement.

 

A few fun highlights from the week!

  • I bought 13 kindle fires and uploaded ALL our WDA content (bible studies, books, articles, teaching outlines, workbooks, etc) plus a small library of kindle books for their training and personal reading. The response was very gratifying! And more than one of them stayed up til 2AM reading the rest of the week!*I bought 13 kindle fires and uploaded ALL our WDA content (bible studies, books, articles, teaching outlines, workbooks, etc) plus a small library of kindle books for their training and personal reading. The response was very gratifying! And more than one of them stayed up til 2AM reading the rest of the week!
  • We had a very honoring “roast” for Ken, who started the international ministry 20+ years ago. We shared funny Ken stories and had a time to pray for him as he begins to step back and I take on more leadership. He was also very affirming of me to the guys in my new role.
  • Having Dan Horne, the chairman of the board there was a godsend, especially as our teams broke into country groups and developed strategic plans for nationalizing their ministries. He brought a lot of good business sense as well as a deep pastoral heart for the men.
  • It was so fun to have my dad Paul Harkness with me getting to know the guys, sharing a short devotional Friday morning, and then traveling with our group to the safari on Saturday. Of course everyone loved him and it was gratifying to come back with him to Kenya, the first place in Africa I visited with him back when I was in high school!
  • Restoring Your Heart leader, Nancy Higgins put a fire in everyone’s belly for bringing emotional restoration to their countries. Tanzania, Congo, and Ethiopia are ready to roll as soon as possible! Kenya is planning go through the work books as a team immediately.
  • I heard literally dozens of testimonies about how God had changed the lives of our staff and the people they minister to through WDA and how this week represented a new page in the history of WDA for them. They are going back home with new materials, a fresh passion, and a clearer vision for how to develop disciple-making movements in their communities and nations.
  • There are SO many other fun and significant highlights. But the bottom line is this: We connected with God and with each other this week. That was my biggest goal and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Now its off to Zambia! More on that to come!

Nate Harkness

WDA International Director

After 43 years, our mission is STILL the SAME: To serve the church, worldwide, by developing Christlike character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train his disciples.

This past year we lived this mission like never before! I continue to be awestruck as I witness the many ways God is working with and through WDA. Around the world there is a thirst for discipleship; disciple building is in great demand. I am grateful for the many people who are joining with us to provide a progressive and intentional discipleship plan that truly delivers believers who become mature in Christ!

2016 marked a year of tremendous growth, both in the U.S. and the world over. Our teams provided discipleship training to 27 international sites, training over 2,500 leaders who in turn trained and discipled over 170,000 people!

Domestically, we continue to build new partnerships with churches and ministry leaders. We are working with and through the local church to deliver Restoring Your Heart, Cornerstone, Life Coaching and Leadership Development ministries. These ministries are finding their way to Christian schools, men’s and women’s recovery centers, Sunday school classes, discipleship groups and community groups.

Our publishing arm has delivered dozens of new titles and many in multiple languages. We even established a partnership with the Philippine Bible Society for them to design and publish materials for the Philippines! We are also working with translators in Romania, Africa, India, Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines.

There is much to be thankful for and all of us at WDA know that without you, our faithful and dedicated supporters, we would not be able to make the impact that we do. May God bless you greatly for your love, care, prayers and financial support!

It is our desire that the following pages serve to provide evidence of the many good works in which you play a vital role! Please take a few minutes to enjoy and reflect on what God is doing. Already this year, WDA teams have ministered to Ethiopia, Malawi, and the Philippines. I am very excited to see what God will do in the rest of 2017.

Until next time…

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. (II Peter 3:18)

Together in His service,

DAVID PARFITT

Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer Worldwide Discipleship Association, Inc.

Read more about this year in the ministry of WDA in the 2016 Annual Report available as a Free Download.

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