Life Model Works is a nonprofit organization which has identified a set of 19 relational brain skills that are rapidly dropping outside of society. The lack of these skills is a major cause for all sorts of trauma and societal and relational chaos. Equally important, the lack of ability to live these loving character skills in relationships is a major contributor to the inability for churches to build better community and sustainable transformation, as well as leadership failures. Based on the peer-reviewed research of multiple respected neuroscientists, Life Model’s unique trait is the application of insights from the field of neuroscience to the task of living as Jesus taught.


Everyone who encounters the Church is transformed into the image of Christ.


To equip existing networks to create identity transformation into the likeness of Christ in Church culture.


Life Model Works’ applications are at work in thousands of churches across six continents.

Three Distinctive Features of the Life Model



When multiple generations use their combined attention to amplify whatever is good, lively, praiseworthy and honest, particularly for those who are weak and tired, joy is sustainable.

Immanuel Lifestyle

Learning to recognize and interact with the God who is with us is essential to experiencing a joyful journey through life. Nothing brings joy like an Immanuel centered relationship!

19-Relational Brain Skills

Relational brain skills provide a full range of life functions for our minds and relationships. Processing these skills, our emotional capacity increases and our relationships thrive.


Jim Wilder

Dr. Jim Wilder (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, and M.A. Theology, Fuller
Theological Seminary) has been training leaders and counselors for over 27
years on five continents. He is the author of multiple books with a strong focus on maturing and relationship skills for leaders. His coauthored book Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You has sold over 100,000 copies and is printed in eleven languages. Wilder has published numerous articles and developed four sets of video and relational leadership training called THRIVE. He is the founder and chief neurotheologian of Life Model Work, a nonprofit working at the intersection of brain science and theology that is building contagiously healthy Christian communities through equipping existing networks with the skills to thrive. Dr. Wilder has extensive counseling experience and has served as a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary, Biola, Talbot Seminary, Point Loma University, Montreat College, Tyndale Seminary and elsewhere.

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