Making the Life Model Contagious

In this session, Dr. Jim Wilder will participate in a discussion with several leaders around making elements of the Life Model more contagious. The ultimate dream of Life Model Works is to see the 19 relational brain skills become so contagious that they spread everywhere and to everyone. These leaders will discuss where elements of the Life Model have become contagious and the factors contributing to seeing these transforming elements spread as measured by how many, how deep, and how fast.

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Making the Life Model Contagious

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Therapist, Spiritual Director

Sungshim Loppnow is a marriage and family therapist and a spiritual director. Her passion is to help people cultivate a deep, authentic and life-giving relationship with God. She is especially called to support leaders to live out Jesus’ new commandment (John 13:34) in their marriage, parenting, family and friendships. Her background in the study of Christian Education equipped her with the skills to develop simple tools like Immanuel Journaling (IJ) in 2011. IJ was introduced in the book, Joyful Journey in 2015 and has helped many people into a profound experience with God’s love. She has been teaching Life Model concepts and training others in Immanuel Journaling in homes, churches and parachurch organizations internationally. She and her husband John have been running an Immanuel Journaling Practice every Monday in La Crescenta, CA. This is their laboratory to deepen their practice of brain skills and the Immanuel Lifestyle. John & Sungshim have two children, Zachariah (11) and Zoe (9).

Small Group Leader

Laura is a stay-at-home mom in San Antonio, TX with her husband of 11 years and two kids. Laura loves tea, shopping, and sitting with her neighbor-moms outside watching the kids play. Laura loves to encourage women on their path to deeper relationship with Jesus and others. Two years ago, Laura led a Joyful Journey book study with her neighbors and friends that transformed her life. She experienced the interactive presence of Jesus and authentic community. Currently, Laura gathers women for Immanuel Journaling nights and peace practice where they interact with Jesus and practice the relational skills.

Founder, Alive and Well, Inc.

Margaret Webb devoted herself to a ministry of emotional healing and maturation in the context of prayer. Margaret has studied with and learned from Dr. Jim Wilder, Dr. Karl Lehman, Chris and Jen Coursey, and Ed Khouri for the past 10 years, and it has changed her personal life as well as her ministry career. Using what she learned from these leaders, as well as her experience as a Christian Counselor, she created the Alive and Well, Inc. curriculum for leading people into the Immanuel Lifestyle and preparing prayer ministers to use the Immanuel Approach. Teaching, training, mentoring and consulting, she is committed to the vision of a network of lay and professional people-helpers bringing the care of souls into the local church. Her website is

Founder Life Model Works

Dr. Jim Wilder has been training leaders and counselors for over 30 years on five continents. Jim grew up in South America and is bilingual (English/Spanish). He is the author of nineteen books with a strong focus on maturity and relational skills. 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. Dr. Wilder has served as a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary, Biola, Talbot Seminary, Point Loma University, Montreat College, Tyndale Seminary and elsewhere.