You’ve heard a lot about meditation and mindfulness–two cornerstones of contemplative practice. But do you really know what they are and how they can help you live your best life? You can get the basics of contemplative practice in a series of five short videos from Dave Brisbin–what you should know and why you should care to engage, basic concepts and and specific practices.

Contemplative practice is an approach to spirituality and life that is experiential rather than intellectual (philosophical, theological, doctrinal). It’s a portable, non-religious spirituality that helps us step away from the noise of our conscious minds to develop the awareness and presence we need to see the connection in life and our relationships.

To dig further into contemplation, you can download two ebooks by Dave Brisbin that go into more detail than the videos. These ebooks are meant to follow on from the video series, so if you’ve not seen the series, you can find it here, but the ebooks will stand on their own as well. This first one details more of the Contemplative Experience, the concepts and benefits of engaging contemplative practice. Click the image or text to view or download the .pdf.

Once you’ve read this ebook, click here to read Ebook 2, which details more of Contemplative Practice, the specific practices and techniques that can make contemplative experience a way of life. And for a quick start guide to Mindfulness Exercises, click here.

The Contemplative Experience, Ebook 1

Latest News

Upcoming events, announcements, ministry updates, blogs.

Message Archive

Watch us live online, watch and listen to archived messages and gatherings.

Personal Stories

Stories from people who’ve experienced the effect of theeffect in their lives.

Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.



You have Successfully Subscribed!

Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational, professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.


Effect in Action

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and includes worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. We also have online discussion and study groups on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30P PST. See our interactive calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.


Join Us

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Share This