We believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and so want to do our best to encourage them.
PARENTING TEENS SERIES // Professional practitioners presenting a talk on real-world parenting skills and conversations about teen realities.
PARENTING TEENS COURSE // A video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents for parents.
PARENTING TEENS CLASS // A community of parents getting together with other parents and conversing about a weekly topic from real-world parenting teens issues.
PARENTS DROP IN // As parents pick up students between 9:30-9:55pm on Friday nights, they are invited to “drop in” for a couple minutes!
NEWSLETTER // Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our monthly newsletter.
What can we do together to help our youth? This question often drives the youth ministry at Bloomingdale Church. Grant Stenzel, a local licensed counselor, recently spoke at our Parenting Teens Series on the topic, “Understanding Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, and...read more
If you are the parent or mentor of a teenager, I am sure you realize the importance of being present in their life. This is not always an easy endeavor because teens want you around, while at other times they really just want some space. It is not the ‘Electric...read more
We believe that a teenager’s parent/guardian is the most important influence in their life and therefore want to do our best to serve and encourage them both. The Parenting Teen Series – Parenting skills presented by professional practitioners. “Talking to Teens...read more
Just over four years ago, Amy and I began talking to our church leadership about the growth and needed changes in our Friday Night Coffeehouse. Our dedicated volunteer team was determined to see this vital ministry expand. And we needed help. I remember well the first...read more
When I was in high school, our options for social media were slim – AOL Instant Messenger and MySpace. No Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or social gaming. Facebook was “invented” while I was still in college. During my ten years as a youth pastor,...read more
Chicagoans love the Loop and El train, deep dish pizza and mustard-less hot dogs, the Bean and Navy Pier, north-side and south-side teams – everything Chicago. The Youth Group students would like to officially announce “da” theme for “da”...read more
Did you know that a college student may be able to receive as much as $9,730 ($14,450 if you attend a college in Illinois) in federal and state grants? This is one of the many “pay-offs” for working ahead of time to make college more affordable. At our...read more
Sign Up We are the main influence on our teenagers’ future. Discovering that we are not alone in the challenges we face, and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. This winter, we are offering a free video and conversation-style...read more
Twenty-four parents and influential adults gathered in the Common Grounds room to hear Grant Stenzel, a local clinical psychologist, present on “Teen Anger, Anxiety, and Fears.” Grant reminded us that emotions are not wrong. “Everyone has...read more
On September 19, we hosted our first “Parenting Teen Series,” in which we invite “professional practitioners to present real-world parenting skills and conversations about teen realities.” Matt McDonald, a local middle school assistant...read more