Development – NextGen Volunteers

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It is easy to say it is not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider these people my heroes.”

—Fred Rogers

We seek to be spiritually and emotionally healthy people in whom children and young people may turn to for help in taking them seriously. Therefore we continue to prioritize our self-development, being knowledgeable of trauma-informed care, and how to develop others.


Identity Self Awareness

Lunch & Learn topics to help you know who you are and what God wants you to do (facilitated by Daniel Riemenschneider, 15-25 minutes / topic)

Unlocking Your Giftedness
“God wants you to operate in your giftedness so that you might reach the maximum potential He has for you” (J. Robert Clinton)

MBTI answers these four questions: Where do you get energy? What kind of information do you trust? How do you make decisions? How do you prefer to live?

Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual gifts are God-given unique capacity for building up the Church as a unified group of uniquely gifted individuals.

Your strengths are God-given talents that become strengths as you invest time by adding the right kind of knowledge and skill.

Passions: Intersection of Purpose & Pleasure
Do you have a strong sense of #passion awareness? There are likely clues in your #history and #identity that can lead to opportunities

Skill Building – Designing a Developmental Plan to Grow Toward Convergence
An important part of your development is anticipating future roles/passions, identifying the skills required, and designing a growth plan to achieve your goals

A Coach Approach to Developing Others
Anyone can take a #CoachApproach to developing others.

Exposed: Who We Are & Where We Need to Grow
Coronavirus has exposed us – and not just our health. We have been exposed on who we are and where we need to grow.

Reading Recommendations (Self-Development)

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Scazzero)


What is Trauma Informed Care?

“Hurt happened in the (previous) relationship – and it takes new relationships to promote healing. We can never predict which relationship might be the catalyst that sets a person on a path of healing.  It might be a teacher, a coach, a police officer…it might be anyone of us.”

—Vicky Kelly, The Paradox of Trauma Informed Care – TEDx

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

“The single most important thing that we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say ‘this is real and this is all of us.’ I believe that we are the movement.”

Nadine Burke Harris, How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime – TED

Also recommended:

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

Also recommended:

  • The Ideal Response
    When a child from a hard place doesn’t feel safe, the result is often behaviors that appear willful, baffling, and infuriating to caregivers. How we respond is critical. (3 minutes)

Spotting a Sexual Predator

In an ongoing effort to care for and protect our children and teens, Bloomingdale Church partnered with Truth Alliance Foundation to offer a seminar entitled: “Child Predators: How to Spot Them, How to Stop Them.” View the seminar here:

Book Recommendations (Trauma Informed Care)


Discipleship Initiative

At Bloomingdale Church, we want to foster a culture of discipleship by pairing each of our teens with an adult who is committed to walking with them on their journey toward maturity in Christ. Making disciples is something that all Christ-followers are called to do; and it can have a profound impact on the life of the one discipling and the one being discipled.

More on Discipleship Initiative Program

The Trusted Adult Multiplier Affect

Research and the human experience demonstrates the massively huge benefits of having someone whom we can turn to for help who will take us seriously

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