I think it's worth having a discussion about the false dichotomies that forest church does away with. Traditionally in the west there has been an emphasis on the goodness of the sky, the spirit, the light and men. Yet, the scriptures affirm that YHWH also created the earth, the body, the night and women. And called them good. This has many implications, not least for how we disciple people. That is, teaching can incorporate activity and movement and play, in all sorts of different environments. We need not restrict ourselves to cognitive downloads while seated in rows. We need not separate adult and youth teaching to the degree that is these days common in building based churches.
How can we live more prayerful lives? How can we live so prayer is more than a practice we pursue in moments of quiet but a lifestyle we pursue in our everyday activities? A big part of the problem is our double mindedness, our distractedness, our attempts at multitasking which ultimately mean we are not giving our full attention to anything, at anytime. Our society if plagued by attention deficit disorder. By way of contrast, a prayerful life means seeking the will of God, moment to moment, and giving this our full attention in the midst of our activity. So as we walk, just walk; as we work, just work; as we play, just play; as we plan, just plan; and seek to align our will with God's will in all of this.
"He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Luke 3:3)
If we recall that the exile and ongoing oppression of Israel was understood by the prophets to be a consequence of the collective sin of Israel, then is it possible that John was calling for, first and foremost, a collective repentance?
And is it possible, therefore, that we should not only think of immersion, not only in terms of reconciliation with God, but also in terms of reconciliation with one another? As initiation into God's world changing initiative?