Immerse Discipleship Community

For the first time since its formation in 2012, Nate was going to be completely removed from the discipleship community that he co-founded. What was going to happen in his absence? How was God going to prove his faithfulness?

It was tough!

Leaving to go up to Camp Nathanael for the summer was not easy at all. Immerse had split into two separate groups for the first time, segregating by gender for the summer. The men’s group was going to be lead by a committee of 4-5 men who had been a part of Immerse for some time now. Nate had been the primary leader of the group for so long that it was a personal struggle for him to trust God at work through the other men.

Were you involved at all?

Nate got the opportunity to teach at the first men’s group meeting of the summer, teaching on forgiveness, and the last, teaching on the Kingdom. It was his pleasure to attend two other meetings, one of which his Dad taught on creation-level identity.

Where is Immerse now?

That’s a good question! Just a few weeks ago he wouldn’t have been able to give even a slightly informed answer. Having just returned from a weekend retreat with Immerse at Wilderness Fellowship Nate seems to have gotten caught up with things. The fall cohort is starting on Sept 18th. This fall Immerse hasn’t had another huge explosion of participants like we did this summer (30-40 people involved in Immerse this summer!) so we are trying to focus heavily on investing in our leaders and current participants. We are intent on focusing on the individual. As individuals are healed, discipled and learn to hear the voice of God, our city will transform. One person at a time.

How involved will you be this fall?

Nate is planning on being fairly involved on Wednesday nights, but hasn’t gotten clear direction yet as to what that looks like. For starters, he will be teaching a class on forgiveness on the first night of the new cohort. He is unsure if he will be discipling anyone personally or not.

Michelle has had a hard time going to Immerse with Isaac. He is much more mobile, vocal and restless than when we were able to bring him wrapped up in our arms where he’d sleep through the whole meeting this last spring. We will either need to trade off watching him or start thinking about baby sitters.

What’s on the horizon for Immerse?

Immerse is on the edge of applying to become a non-profit. We have dreams of having our own benevolence fund to care for our people and eventually training up, sending out and being a primary donator for part and full-time missionaries. With this would come a branch of Immerse with the sole purpose of training up missionaries.


About Nathan Banker

Nathan, Michelle and their two sons are occupational ministers in the Twin Cities. They do spiritual mentoring, a form of prayer ministry call Prayer Resolution and help run a small church-like community called Immerse. They dream of changing the world, one person at a time.

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