Imago DEI Course

Feb 7-Mar 28, 9:30-10:15am via Zoom

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“God created us in his own image” (Genesis 1:27). The Creator of every detail of our universe magnificently designed us to reflect Him in our moral, spiritual, and intellectual essence. The doctrine of the Imago Dei is a driver of who we are and how we are to value every person as equally made in God’s image.

The past year has been essential in bringing racial equality to the forefront of conversation in our nation and communities. At the individual level, our experiences of racial injustice are not equal. And still, we are each accountable for our actions.

In this course, we will:

  • Orientate ourselves to see and value every person as made in God’s image (Gen 1:27)
  • Seek to live with humility like Jesus, so as to be better positioned to grow in awareness to navigate inequalities and celebrate diversity (Romans 12:3-5)
  • Celebrate God’s design for diversity, people from every nation, tribe, people and language (Revelation 7:9), by intentionally growing our relationship networks
  • Design action and a commitment to be more compassionately engaged in our community

The intention of this group is to be a safe, authentic community made up of a diversity of people and perspectives. The weekly design includes:

  • Connect – attendees are invited to join early
  • Check-in on actions taken
  • Discuss content
  • Highlight new awareness and course personal action

Primary and supplemental readings will be given for each subsequent class. Please consider purchasing the following books:
The Image of God (Glen Sunshine)
How to Fight Racism (Jemar Tisby

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Building upon their passion for the topic, as well as their previous course The Church and Racial Divide, Bruce & Shirley Menkveld guide this course, with support from Daniel Riemenschneider & Daniel Wright.

Goal Setting Course

Sundays 9:30am, Jan 10, 17, 24 via Zoom

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There seems to be much anticipation about this new year. Maybe it is because hindsight is now (literally) 2020. Or perhaps this past year exposed some things about who you are and what you are prioritizing with your life. What are you doing about this?

As many as 50 percent of adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10 percent keep them for more than a few months. Are any of the following reasons true of you?:

  • Ignoring the past when your patterns are a better predictor of the future
  • Not being connected to your “why”
  • Pretending it is a goal when it is really wishful thinking
  • Not keeping score or accountable
  • Focusing on lag rather than lead measures
  • Not setting goals based on your personality type

In this three-week mastermind course, we will:

  1. Explore multiple practices for setting and achieving goals
  2. Support each other in the process of crafting achievable 2021 goals 

This course is designed for individuals who:

  • Appreciate the value of the group process 
  • Want to set goals reflective of what God is speaking to them
  • (This course also pairs well with the self-paced Life Designing Course)

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Daniel Riemenschneider facilitates this course.

Life Designing Course

“Hindsight is 20/20.” Perhaps this seasoned saying hits a little closer to home as you look back on this past year. Conceivably 2020 exposed some things about who you are and what you are prioritizing with your life.

Or maybe there is something else – a life experience, a thought that keeps coming to mind, a consultation from someone you trust, a whisper from God – that you are ready to do something about but you are not fully confident of what it entails or how you would go about pursuing it.

To look forward, we start by looking back – that’s 20/20 vision.

It’s hard to get far on your own in designing a plan around the purpose of your next season, let alone the purpose of your life, but with the help of a guide and some personal grit, you can achieve this.

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You will work through these three modules: 

  • Journey from my START (What has shaped who I am?)
  • Journey to SELF (How am I uniquely designed?)
  • Journey to be SENT (What am I aligned to do?)

Each of three modules include: 

  • an introduction video
  • guided questions laid out in a participant guide
  • supplemental exercises

By engaging in this self-paced program, you will:

  1. Put together a written design for the future you sense God has entrusted to you
  2. Develop actionable and achievable goals to get you closer to your envisioned future from your current reality

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The (Next) Mastermind Course

To increase an ongoing developmental priority, meet the felt need of “what’s next”, and build community, we offer mastermind courses. The value proposition is to grow your knowledge of who you are and what God has designed you to do.

Past mastermind courses include:

  • Championing Strengths
  • Unlocking your Giftedness
  • Passions – I feel God’s Pleasure When…
  • A Coach Approach to Developing People

Future courses may include:

  • The Making of A Leader – Recognize God’s providential shaping in your life, and develop others with leadership potential
  • Life Designing: From Start & Self to Sent – Put together a written design for the future you sense God has entrusted to you

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Coach Approach Course – Sep 13-Oct 25

Do you have the answers (people are looking for)? How else can you help individuals own their faith and personal growth?  In this mastermind course, we will explore a coach approach to leading and developing people.

Learning outcomes include: Helping people solve their problems without having the answers; Asking powerful questions to create new awareness; Charting next actions; Supporting through accountability.  

Sundays, Sep 13-Oct 25 via Zoom (click here)

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Daniel Riemenschneider facilitates this course. Participants will gain additional benefit from reading The COACH Model for Christian Leaders.

Passions Course

“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast!  And when I run I feel his pleasure.

― Eric Liddell, gold medalist runner and missionary, best known from “Chariots of Fire”

We are God’s workmanship and He has specific Kingdom work for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)

In this mastermind course we will:

  • Be curious about God’s purposes for us by looking for clues from our history (ie passion stories)
  • Awaken our identity as the fuel for meeting the needs of the issues and causes we care deeply about
  • Connect passion to what “we get paid to do” and what we volunteer to do

What is your next step towards becoming the person God created you to be? Is it clear?

Sundays 8:30-9:30am (June 7, 14, 21, 28) via Zoom

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Teaching Content 

  • Destiny Planning – Looking for clues from your history, identity, and opportunity
    • June 7 – Facilitated by Daniel Riemenschneider
  • Matching Your Passion to Vocation and Life
    • June 14 – Facilitated by Lexie Bracher
  • Aiming Your Passions and Developed Skills to Serve Others
    • June 21 – Facilitated by Nancy Hellstrom
  • Taking Action Through a Developmental Priority Mindset
    • June 28 – Facilitated by Daniel Riemenschneider

“Talk It Out” Coaching

  • Break out to talk out the content facilitated by coaches

Value Added Opportunities

  1. Complete weekly self-assigned action items
  2. Create a personal “Post-It Timeline” and be coached –  to gain a better understanding of your personal history as clues to God’s purposes
  3. Engage in a coaching session on your passions with Daniel Riemenschneider
  4. Develop a life plan to steward God’s purpose and plan for your life

Unlocking Your Giftedness: Exploring and Employing Your Spiritual Gifts

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We are God’s masterpiece and He has specific kingdom work for us to do. In this mastermind course, we will explore how God equips and empowers each of us to serve Him. We will discern purposeful ways to use our spiritual gifts to make a difference in our church, community, and world. 

What is your next step towards becoming the person God created you to be? Is it clear? 

Course Value Proposition

Explore and employ your God-given spiritual gifts:

  1. Affirm God’s missional design
  2. Awaken your personal history as clues to God’s purposes
  3. Explore spiritual gifts found in the Bible, including 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4
  4. Develop a plan to try out your gifts in a meaningful way

Sundays 8:30-9:30am (April 19, 26, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 31) – via Zoom

Course Elements

Teaching Content/Discussion

  • Highlight weekly Biblical leadership theme (from “The Top Ten Leadership Conversations in the Bible”)
  • Explore God’s missional design 
    • Gift Stewardship (Ephesians 2:10, 1 Peter 4:10)
    • Diversity & Unity (Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12)
    • Built Up (Ephesians 4:11-13)
    • Sent Out (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)
  • Expand Spiritual Gifts descriptions

Table Coaching

  • Discovering (my) spiritual gifts
  • Discerning purposeful ways to employ (my) gifts
  • Developing goals for learning more and engaging in my spiritual gifts

Course Participation

Value-Added Opportunities

  1. Engage in a coaching session on your spiritual gifts with Daniel Riemenschneider
  2. Create a personal “Post-It Timeline” and be coached – to gain a better understanding of your personal history as clues to God’s purposes
  3. Read (free) full chapter from “The Top Ten Leadership Conversations in the Bible” corresponding to weekly Biblical leadership theme

Championing Strengths: Becoming and Helping Others to Be Our Best Design (January 2020)

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Value Proposition & Outcomes

Gain greater awareness of your strengths and intentionality to help others engage their strengths. Outcomes:

  1. Affirming God’s intelligent design of every individual
  2. Learning coaching presence and strengths framework
  3. Exploring 34 CliftonStrengths themes
  4. Growing confidence as a Strengths Champion

Each individual who completes the course will receive a 50-minute coaching session on their signature CliftonStrengths with Daniel Riemenschneider. (Course is facilitated by Daniel Riemenschneider)

Sundays 8-9pm (January 5, 12, 19, 26) via Zoom virtual classroom

  • Pre-class: Attendees can sign in to class up to 15 minutes early
    • Ensure that your technology is set up properly
    • Engagement question
    • Interact with others
  • Welcome/Devotional
  • Teaching Content: Strengths/Coaching Frameworks
    • Strengths history/strengths framework
    • Talent cues/strengths language
    • Coaching presence 
  • Exploring CliftonStrengths themes
    • Explore 3-5 strengths themes together each week – themes selected via voting
  • Practice coaching
    • Zoom enables participants to break out into diads or triads to practice coaching each other
    • Class will typically conclude with practice coaching

Virtual Classroom Logistics

  • Each attendee will sign-in using Zoom meeting link: 
    • Attendees can sign in to class up to 15 minutes early (check technology / interact with others)
    • Class can be viewed via computer, tablet, laptop, or phone
    • Headphones and a quiet space are encouraged

Course Participation*

This mastermind course is designed specifically for individuals who live in the extended Bloomingdale (IL) community or attend Bloomingdale Church

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