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Increasing Your Capacity and Skills

Church leaders: Preparing you to equip your people

Simple, clear brain-aware Christian resources are hard to find.

Many churches and ministries would like to disciple their people. However they often reduce this to giving people information and telling them to read the Bible, pray and use their will.

This will always stall at some point or other. Why? Because God designed our brains for relational discipleship where we connect with each other.

Most colleges, seminaries and movements have not understood how people change. How character is formed. Until I came across Joyskills, my understanding was haphazard. Learning from Jim Wilder I saw how the pieces of the discipleship puzzle fit together. 

We are a ministry interested in training not teaching. We work personally and practically to introduce you grow your personal capacity and introduce you to "The other Side of Church" as Michael Hendricks puts it. 

The most effective way to do this is a mix of one-to-one meetings, videos, and practice.

We seek to help you experience the next steps to "life in all it's fullness" that Jesus promised via the "transformation of full brain discipleship." We also give you steps you will need to take to continue the transformation in the future.

Mike helps one leader at a time to develop their skills

Mike is a coach and vicar who helps one vicar or pastor at a time. Get in touch if you would like to go on his waiting list. 

Equipping Your People

Church leaders: Helping you equip your people

    This page has some links to resources for you. Some are paid and some are free.

  • Online course helping people calm and find peace.

  • Christian Gratitude Journal designed to help people's relationship with God. 

  • Planner designed for Christian leaders trying to implement Life Model principles in their lives and church. 

  • Handouts for your members.

  • Liturgy / worship resources.

 Road-Tested Resources
For Worship

Thanksgiving - Lament - Confession

Developed in response to our need to help people connect with God and their emotions this is a prayer sequence that we often use.

This can be used in a free flowing praise service, a prayer meeting, a service where preaching is the focus or a liturgical service.


Daily Prayers.

Here you can see a sample of our Daily Prayers which seek to bring in the need people have to Notice and Name How They are Doing and Engaging with God.

 Soul Space - A Simple Way to Pray that is in Harmony with the Way our Brain Works

Short meditations / times of space online.

See here for a YB Playlist

Resources for Small Groups

How to calm down and find peace - online course

This is the perfect course for small group use. There is content, exercises and biblical teaching. People have found this very helpful.

 Mike Jones is the person with the deepest understanding of how to calm and come to peace that I have ever known.

  • Bishop Bill Atwood

Deeper Further online course 

Takes How to Calm Down and Find Peace to greater depth

Would you like to feel positive, happier, and closer to God? Currently 20% off!

This is a practical, life-changing journal from Mike with

★ Bible verses to encourage you;
★ Prayer exercises;
★ Gratitude prompts to change your outlook on life;
★ Application for the workplace and difficult meetings;
★ Stories of how appreciation has changed lives.

If you want to be the person God created you to be, this journal will help you

★ improve your mood;
★ experience God’s presence;
★ feel happier and closer to God;
★ be a more positive presence for those around you.

“This is a fabulous book that helps you look at the good things in your life. It helped to lift me out of depression."


"10/10 would definitely recommend! Very useful resource when you need to find calm before you start a busy day!"


"Fab. It is written in a way that is easy to read and understand but goes deep. The exercises are really helpful. Would recommend."

- Amazon Reviews.

"An Amazing Planner"

Amy Brown, Alive & Well and Thrive Today

"Superb Planner, changed my daily life I use this planner everyday and it's transformed my work, personal and spiritual life! It's helped me create consistent habits and has brought focus back to my day (I actively pursue my long term goals rather than wasting the day!). In addition, It's integration of brain skills and Christian mindfulness takes personal development way beyond your ordinary planner."

Amazon review

The Purposeful Planner

Get life back into focus 

I developed this planner because I couldn’t find anything that would help me grow in my walk with God, grow relationally and emotionally, and also keep me on track with my busy life. Developing a planner resulted from a desire to create something that worked for me and the people I care for. Planners kept me organized but missed the heart; journals helped but didn’t keep me on track. What could I do? I made my own. This planner is a practical companion to
• Develop a purposeful life
• Grow in your walk with God.
• Cultivate emotional health and relational brain skills
• Achieve more while doing less.

Most Christians want to follow Jesus, be successful at work, and have happy relationships. However, many of us aren’t able to put these all together. This is what the Joyskills Purposeful Planner will help you do. Think of it as your helper towards the life you have always wanted.

COVID-19 Resources

Resources to give to others

We had three free resources which we used during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. We leave them here in case they are of use to you.


Recovering Together outlines the three things your people need to recover emotionally from COVID-19 (on Windows right-click the link and download it).


My Pandemic Experience is a worksheet we give to people to work through when they come into our building to pray and talk (on Windows right-click the link and download it).


Immanuel Journaling is a very helpful prayer and journaling method (on Windows right-click the link and download it).

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