Thinking With God

Enhancing Our Immanuel Lifestyle

Seminar with Dr. Jim Wilder



If you hope to experience a more loving, joyful and sustainable interactive relationship with God and others; if you desire an empowering shift in your true identity in Christ and to be progressively conformed to the image of Jesus Christ; if you want to learn from an expert who has engaged these subjects for many years in the trenches of real-life struggles; then you need to learn to think with God. 

Dr. Jim Wilder presents four keynotes in this seminar covering each of the four domains of neurotheology: fast track attachment, slow track cognitive, somatic/body and group/corporate levels of organization. He addresses many of the differences of Ignatian, Carmelite, African American, Messianic, Plain People, ascetic, mystic and cloistered spirituality as they apply to healing and character change.

Each of the Four Sessions includ strengths, weaknesses, traditional practices, neuroscience, a brief illustrative exercise, and resource recommendations.

A panel discussion with Dr. Wilder’s colleagues, each with needed perspective and insights, bring this seminar together in a fitting conclusion.


Sessions Included

Session 1

Thinking Faster than Conscious Thought

Right-hemisphere to right-hemisphere communication, mindfulness, knowing and mutual mind

Session 2

Conscious Thinking with God

Words, scripture study, journaling, talking and meditating

Session 3

Thinking Slower than Conscious Thought

What our bodies know and try to tell us

Session 4

Thinking with a Group Mind

Group mind states, shared Presence, worship, community practices and traditions

Panel Discussion

Dr. Jim Wilder welcomes four distinguished colleagues to discuss the main focus of the seminar

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Keynote Presenter

Dr. 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.

Panel Discussion Participants

Rev. William M. Watson, S.J.

Fr. Watson has served as Director of Retreat Programs at Georgetown University; VP for Mission at Gonzaga University; and Provincial Assistant for International Ministries for the Oregon Province the Jesuits. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009 from CUA (Washington D.C.).

Fr. Watson is founder/president of Sacred Story Institute. SSI is dedicated to Missionary Discipleship Formation through the promotion of the 15-Minute Ignatian Examen and Confession.

Fr. Watson has appeared on numerous programs with EWTN, Catholic Radio and numerous articles about his programs have appeared in Catholic newspapers and magazines in recent years. Fr. Watson has spoken to many Legatus Chapters in the West in the last 15 years. Fr. Watson also serves as the VPi for Advancement for Rome’s Pontifical Oriental Institute.

Professor William (Bill) Bjoraker, PhD

Rev. Bill Bjoraker, PhD., is an Assemblies of God US missionary to Jewish people. He and his wife Diana have served as missionaries to Jewish people for 35 years; eight years in pastoral and teaching ministries in Tel Aviv, Israel in the 1980s. Two of their sons were born in Israel. Their third son was born in Los Angeles.

Bill a specialist in Jewish studies and holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (2007).

He is also part-time faculty at William Carey International University (WCIU) in Pasadena, CA, and has been adjunct faculty in the Messianic Jewish Studies Department at the King’s University, South Lake/Dallas, TX.

Bill founded Operation Ezekiel, Inc. in Southern California, an outreach and teaching ministry to Jewish people, and to the church at large.

Bill has been employing oral strategies and storytelling as an instructor for Simply the Story, in Jewish ministry and in academia since 2008. His major article on the place of storytelling in Messianic Jewish ministry was published by the KESHER journal in 2018.

Beth Booram

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis, where she leads The School of Spiritual Direction and offers individual and group spiritual direction. Prior to this, she served in campus ministry and pastoral ministry in the local church for more than three decades. Beth speaks around the country on topics related to spiritual formation and contemplative Christian spirituality.

Beth is a deep feeler who loves to think; an extrovert with a penchant for solitude; an artist who sees the hand of God in even the smallest encounters with creation. She has authored several books including Starting Something New–Spiritual Direction for Your God-given DreamsAwaken Your Senses, Picturing the Face of Jesus, and The Wide Open Spaces of God. She and her husband David have recently published their first book together When Faith Becomes Sight (InterVarsity Press, 2019), which received a Readers’ Choice Award for 2019.

Bernard Franklin, Ph.D

Bernard Franklin, Ph.D, provides leadership to the Mount’s cohesive learning community that is focused on student success. He serves as the leader of the student life division, bringing to the president’s cabinet a strong commitment to student success, a deep background in student affairs and an energetic, collaborative and healing approach.

Franklin is considered a national thought leader in the emerging work of cultivating and sustaining a culture of calm and excellence in high-pressured youth learning environments. He possesses considerable experience in supporting students of color and first-generation students in successfully navigating college, a strength that will benefit the increasing number of students from underrepresented populations at the Mount.

Franklin comes to the Mount from Kansas State University where he was special assistant to the president and assistant vice president for student life. Demonstrating his energy and work ethic, Franklin also served as director of the Kansas State College Advising Corps, a program that focuses on assisting low-income, first-generation students in completing their college enrollment process and director of university programs for Shawnee Mission, Kansas School District.

In addition, he founded and serves as president of the Center for Imagineering Leadership, where he applies and integrates through a trauma-informed lens, resilience and the growing research of neuroscience to personal counseling, leadership development/coaching, organizational strategy, strategic planning and consulting.

Earlier in his career, Franklin served as president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and of Junior Achievement of Middle America. As assistant to the president at Donnelly College, he was responsible for the strategic planning of this urban Catholic two-year college.

Franklin holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science, a Master of Science in counseling and behavioral studies from the University of South Alabama, and a doctorate in counseling and higher education administration from Kansas State University.

Exercise Facilitator

Michel Hendricks, Exercise Facilitator

Michel Hendricks (MDiv, Denver Seminary; BS, University of Colorado) co-author with Jim Wilder of the newly published book The Other Half of Church

Michel has been a teacher and trainer for more than twenty-five years. He is the former pastor of spiritual formation at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, CO. He has also served and trained people in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. He is the author of Basic Training for Walking with Jesus and Intentional Apprenticeship. He and his wife, Claudia, have three adult children.