Chris & Jennifer Coursey
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Chris and Jen Coursey lead and design the THRIVE training program that uses Life Model Works exercises to train leaders with relational joy, healing, maturity and joyful change in the nineteen skills and Immanuel Lifestyle training.
My mother had faithfully driven us kids to church every Sunday. At five years old I told her, “Mommy, when I get older I want to be a pastor.” My dreams took other forms too; I wanted to be a movie star, baseball, basketball or a racquetball player.
Even though I had talent, intelligence and many things came easily for me; I would blow one chance after another. I quit time after time. In grade school I found school, learning and testing easy. My teachers and principal recommended me to take an entrance examination at an elite school. I took the test but I purposefully flunked so I could stay in my grade school with my friends.
My fears slowing took over my life but I thought I was having fun. Ask me if I was afraid and I would have laughed, unless you asked about public speaking. I was terrified!
I wasn't able to be consistent. I would learn things and not be able to apply them, like learning I needed to rest when overwhelmed but not be able to apply it when needed. I could not follow a daily routine. Fears often kept me up late so there was no knowing when I would get up or if I would have energy to do anything the next day. Emotions and fears overwhelmed me to the point I quit my school internship with no notice and moved out of state. It was this point where my life crossed paths with Chris.
|Reach Your Potential w/ JOY Retreats
Host or attend a profound weekend of teaching and hands-on exercises to help you reach your God-given potential. Maturity does not grow on trees nor can it be gained by studying theology or hearing a good sermon. Maturity is human responsibility that requires individuals and communities to work together. Bring a maturity weekend to your church. Bring lasting change to your community.
Because maturity is measured in stages, a Reach Your Potential w/ Joy retreat allows community members to discover their earned maturity and identify the next step in their development. The retreat is not designed to replace the community with a seminar nor is it designed to advance people into their next stage of maturity in the seminar itself.
|Joy Rekindled Marriage Retreats
Experience the most popular addition to the THRIVE training package! Enjoy a weekend with your spouse to strengthen your marriage, build joy and change fear to love. Practice creative exercises designed to improve how you communicate and help you and your spouse recover when things go wrong. This is not your average marriage retreat! Discover the neurochemistry of bonding and learn solutions to better equip your life and marriage.
THRIVE Marriage Retreats combine theory with hands-on joyful practice so you walk away with skills, healing and hope - not just more information. Learn more how Rekindled Marriage Retreats bring refreshing joy to marriages!
Attend THRIVE with your spouse, friend or prayer partner!
THRIVE training is unlike anything out there. The combination of brain science with Immanuel awareness creates lasting changes for your life, marriage, family and church. Be prepared to practice hands-on exercises in a relational environment when you come to THRIVE.
Register for THRIVE or, if your church has enough interest, consider hosting a THRIVE in your city! Find real solutions to your problems.
THRIVE for me.
THRIVE for my family.
THRIVE for my leaders.
Contact Chris if you want Life Model applications to your family, community, church and ministry. Learn how recent discoveries in brain science, the presence of Jesus and Biblical wisdom create joyful character change. Learn why will power is not enough for lasting change!
Read how THRIVE training changes lives.
Along with his wife Jennifer, Chris develops the THRIVE training program and leads weekend retreats. Priorities include creating and testing joy-based resources, prayer ministry, discipleship and equipping leaders with THRIVE training skills. Chris spends much of his time enjoying sons Matthew and Andrew as well as writing and developing materials, studying, fostering relationships, jogging and serving his church community. Chris enjoys equipping God's people so they live according to their faith and values. Chris enjoys studying and teaching on the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith.
Chris and Jen are active members of New Life Christian Church in Morton, Illinois.
Training and Education
From Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois, Chris transferred to
Chris sums up his ministry and mission as, “to help people be full of life and experience Jesus Christ as a reality”. Dr. Jim Wilder mentors and has trained Chris as Chris lectures nationally and internationally on material he authors concerning the effects of trauma and trauma recovery. Chris is known for his relational and community approach to trauma recovery and growth. Chris now operates THRIVE from East Peoria, IL. with his wife Jennifer. Chris trains counselors and leaders how to use the 19 skills in ministry, he offers personal ministry and specializes in maturity and trauma recovery issues. Chris consults churches and groups on how to effectively reach their potential, perceive the active presence of God, avoid pitfalls, stay resourceful and rebuild after a crisis.
Chris is a published author with six books in print including the new Joy Starts Here book coauthored with Ed Khouri, Shelia Sutton and Dr. Jim Wilder. Chris coauthored Share Immanuel, The Healing Lifestyle written with Dr. Jim Wilder that is translated into multiple languages. Chris and his wife Jen released the new 30 Days of JOY for busy married couples book that is designed to start joy for couples. The Courseys completed three skill training workbooks that are now published, Year One: Mastering Joy and Rest, Year Two: Mastering Returning to Joy and Year Three: Mastering Applied Strategy. Each skill guide is a 52-week brain training, character-building workbook designed to practice skills and experience the Immanuel lifestyle. These skill guides are the beginning steps of a THRIVE training package for communities and churches. Each guide equips THRIVE attendees to continue their skill training practice before, during and after THRIVE. Chris and Carol Brown are now working on a new Joy Starts Here book for pastors. See the new pastor joy starter blog here.
Chris developed the new THRIVE-at-Home online courses as an introduction to THRIVE and prerequisites for each track of THRIVE. The Courseys released a training video called Steps to Joy on synchronized dancing, a fun method to train nonverbal skills that increases joy and even burns calories! Chris and Jen intend to expand THRIVE training with additional training videos and resources.
Chris offers articles on topics pertaining to maturity, healing, healthy marriages, the role and significance of redemptive Christian community, addiction and trauma recovery, primary attachments and bonding as well as other topics related to Scripture and the Christian experience. One article in particular on Bonds and Attachments, was published in Promise, an international magazine in January of 2004.
Chris and Jen speak and train nationally and internationally on the importance of joy, godly character and nineteen brain-based relational skills for families and communities to successfully reach their potential. See upcoming events.