Adult Ed

Adult Ed classes often begin with food and conversation. Attendees like the fact that they can speak out, ask the hard ask questions, and interact together. They like the range of courses that are offered on Wednesday evenings (6:30-8pm) and Sunday mornings (9:45-10:45am).   HEAVEN - What the Bible tells us about our eternal destiny.  Join the adult education group as we discover the rich promises of the Bible as it relates to different facets of eternity.  We will be using the text written by Randy Alcorn wherein he details that which Scripture tells us about the Present Heaven; The Eternal Heaven; Life on the New Earth; God's promises about Heaven and the surety of Heaven for believers.  Class begins April 7, through May 26, 2019.  The teacher is Bruce Menkveld.  Class meets in the Infant room off the main lobby.  

Winter 2020 Adult Education

Sundays, Jan 12-Apr 7

“What More Can I Say?” – Common Grounds East
Have you ever wondered about some of the lesser-known heroes of the Bible? Hebrews 11 is the ‘Hall of Faith”, but there are ones that the author of Hebrews 11 didn’t “have time to tell” us more about. Come and learn about these heroes as we study this amazing chapter of the Bible.
[Led by Nancy H]

IPSAT Course – North Building, lower level
This 8-week course (Jan 12-Mar 1) will be facilitated by IPSAT Certified Coaches, with support from IPSAT alum Table Coaches. Come and learn more about how God has designed you.
[Led by Max Terman & Allie Burkhardt]
More info:

Parents, You’re Not Alone! (Young Families) Coffeehouse
Does life feel like a blur at times? Between after-school activities, work, late nights with babies, paying bills, keeping a strong marriage, or being a single parent doing it all yourself, it’s clear that life is not easy! In the midst of all the busyness, do you need a place to reflect, recharge, and embolden your family? Have you ever wanted to know that you are not alone in all of this? Well, there is a place for you here!
[Led by Dan & Amber Marcello]

The Invisible War – Common Grounds West
Spiritual warfare is everywhere; it’s time to raise the shield of faith and fight the demonic forces at work in this world! Drawing on Ephesians 6, ‘The Invisible War’, reveals what believers need to know in order to prayerfully defend themselves against Satan’s daily attacks. You are invited to come together on this journey of faith-based understanding as we uncover the truth from God’s Word about the Invisible War we face every day as Christians and learn to “put on the full armor of God.”
[Led by Bruce M]

Championing Strengths: Becoming and Helping Others to Be Their Best Design – via Zoom virtual classroom (Sun Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 – 8-9pm)
Gain greater awareness of your strengths as we affirm God’s intelligent design of every individual. We will explore 34 CliftonStrengths themes and gain confidence as a Strengths Champion. Each individual will receive a 50-minute strengths coaching session on their signature CliftonStrengths with Daniel Riemenschneider.
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IPSAT Update – 2019

Looking back on 2019 – IPSAT has been a huge highlight.  Yes, you may think of me as “the guy who talks about IPSAT a lot.”  The joy for me has been engaging with you in your journey.  Thank you! (Daniel Riemenschneider)

IPSAT at Bloomingdale Church – through 2019

  • 55 individuals have engaged (or are engaging) in IPSAT at Bloomingdale Church
  • 40 individuals have completed all of the assessments and IPSAT coaching session
  • 23 individuals have completed the IPSAT Course, including 6 guests from our community
  • 3 certified coaches (Daniel, Allie, Max) + 2 table coaches (Therese, Gordon) worked with participants
  • 10 Bloomingdale Church staff engaged in the IPSAT Team Report and developmental workshop
  • 7 value-added resources were compiled to enhance participant experience 
  • 78 percent (NET promoter score) willingness of participants to recommend IPSAT to others

Your Developmental Priority – in 2020

IPSAT Course
Our third offering of the IPSAT Course begins January 12 at 9:45am. The 8-week course (Jan 12-Mar 1) will be facilitated by IPSAT Certified Coaches Max & Allie, with support from IPSAT alum Table Coaches.
Please consider specifically inviting a friend or colleague (and joining them):

Mastermind Courses
To foster an ongoing developmental priority, meet the felt need of “what’s next”, and build community, we are offering “mastermind courses” in 2020:

“Championing Strengths: Becoming and Helping Others to Be Their Best Design” – Gain greater awareness of your strengths and intentionality to help others engage their strengths

Additional Mastermind Courses:

  • “Engaging Passions” – Sundays @ 9:45am (spring 2020, details TBA)
  • More to come, including “Unlocking Your Giftedness

How to do a Self-Assessment and Identify Personal Growth Goals
Sign up for this free Webinar from Nexleader – Thu Jan 23, 10-11am

Recent Participant Quotes

“I feel like ‘self awareness’ doesn’t even begin to point out all that I have learned!”

“This experience is making me fall in love with who I am realizing I am.”

“I’m gifted in areas I never imagined. It’s like looking into my soul.”

“It’s so interesting to see how most parts of my identity are complementary. Go figure!”

“This has been so valuable!”

#LessonsLearned + Affirming the Outcomes of IPSAT

Engaging with many individuals for 8-consecutive weeks at the IPSAT Course has sourced plenty of great feedback, including:

Emphasize the outcomes of IPSAT early and often:

  • Gain confidence and clarity about how you add the most value to other people and best contribute to a team
  • Prioritize where you need to grow the most right now
  • Expose how you are naturally predisposed to sabotage relationships and derail your own leadership

Personality / Strengths

  • Table coaching questions (ie “What does it look like for you to have this strength?”) are especially helpful in learning the language of identity self awareness

Skills Inventory

  • It is not an exhaustive list; and if you do not understand the skill meaning just score it lower
  • Building skills on foundation of strengths maximizes capacity

Spiritual Gifts

  • Wherever you are currently in your spiritual life – you can take a Spiritual Gifts test. Your responses to the assessment questions will reflect your experiences of volunteering and helping others. And as you grow in a relationship with Jesus you will begin to experience Jesus’ power doing things through you beyond your natural abilities.


  • The IPSAT does not tell you what you are passionate about. Discovery of passion is best reflected by your intentional discovery and engagement in areas of passion. 
  • The Passion Pyramid framework is especially helpful – 1) learn about 2) engage in activities 3) influence others toward 4) even if sacrifice is required
  • It is helpful to think about and write down what your passionate about before taking the assessment

Engagement in IPSAT in the context of a community / Course is most effective

  • Invitation to an event (IPSAT Course launch), not just a concept (identity self awareness)
  • Weekly “table coaching” is the highest valued aspect of IPSAT Course
  • Timely completion of IPSAT assessments and coaching

Guiding Scriptures

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  Psalm 139:13-17

Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

BC Coaches Introduction to IPSAT

IPSAT Course #1

IPSAT Course #2

IPSAT Team Report workshop

Parents, You’re Not Alone.

Article by Dan Marcello, Young Families Pastor

Does life feel like a blur at times? Between sports, after-school activities, work, late nights with young babies, trying to pay bills, getting healthy meals on the table, keeping a vibrant marriage, or being a single parent doing it all yourself, it’s clear that life is not easy!

In the midst of all the busyness, have you ever wanted a pause button where you could reflect, recharge, and even redirect the trajectory of your family? Have you ever wanted to know that you are not alone in all of this? Have you ever wished there were others out there who have gone through what you have or could walk the same journey with you?

Well, there is a place for you here!

Our family groups are for parents who have children ages 0-18 years old. Our groups are designed to build a community to talk about life, learn together, laugh, and help one another through tough times. We get in a lot of discussion times and make as many opportunities for people to meet others who are in similar stages in life. One mom said that our Sunday morning group was like a “youth group” for us adults.

We invite you to join us either on:

  1. Sunday mornings, 9:45-11am in Coffeehouse
    We are doing a study called “Parental Guidance Required” by Andy Stanley. Topics include: How to leverage more influence in your children’s lives, setting family values, building better relationships with your children at all ages, experiential versus relational development, tips for improving bad behavior, and advice for discipline to get to root issues.
  2. Wednesday nights (starting Jan 8), 6:30-8pm in Coffeehouse
    For those who could not make it to Sunday mornings or who want to take it again, we are rebooting this same class “Parental Guidance Required” by Andy Stanley.

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations, IPSAT Course Alum!

Article by Daniel Riemenschneider, Administrative Pastor (& IPSAT Certified Coach)

Congratulations to the thirteen participants who completed the IPSAT Course (Fall 2019). Their development journey to discover, optimize, and unleash the resources God put inside them included: 

  • Attending 8-week course and table coaching groups
  • Completing 6 assessments and writing five identity statements
  • Engaging in a coaching session

Participants’ feedback to this inaugural course includes:

“I’m gifted in areas I never imagined. It’s like looking into my soul.”
“It’s so interesting to see how most parts of my identity are complementary. Go figure!”

The Identity Profile Self-Awareness Tool (IPSAT) is a guided discovery and coaching experience designed to help you understand the Kingdom Resources God placed in you that set you apart. Each of us has a unique identity profile because God knew we would need it, along with the power of the Holy Spirit, to do the good works God prepared in advance for us. It can be challenging to figure this out on our own. The IPSAT Course experience combines insights from assessments with the support and encouragement of a learning community and the focused attention of a coach. Anyone who is motivated to learn and grow will benefit.

Baptism Classes

Sat Oct 26 + Nov 2 | Sun Oct 27 + Nov 3
7-8pm (Sat) | 9:50-10:50am (Sun)
Common Grounds Library

Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32) The way to do this is by being baptized in public as a believer in Jesus Christ. The baptisms will take place as part of the worship services on the weekend of November 23/24. Email Pastor Bill to register for baptism class.