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Moms of Teens

Feel empowered, supported, and connected to other moms of adolescents, teens, and young adults.

Contact: Colette Prohofsky
at 952.920.8714;


Kick-Off is Thursday, September 18 from 9:15-11:30AM in the Fellowship Hall
Dr. Tim Johanson, local pediatrician and co-author of GIST: The Essence of Raising Life-Ready Kids, speaks.

Thursdays monthly from 9:15-11:30AM in the Fellowship Hall
Join us for sessions with guest speakers on hot topics affecting our teens. Learn, laugh, and be filled up. Cost: $5/session, payable at the door.

Daytime groups meet 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 9:30-11:00AM in Rooms 200 & 201; Evening group meets 1st and 3rd Mondays from 7:00-8:30PM in Room 203
In small groups, receive more in-depth support, study, and discussion, and study a Christian teen parenting book. Evening group alternates between the book study and watching a video of the monthly Large Group speaker. Contact: Cheryl LaMone at 612.275.3436;

Read more about our missions partner, Oasis for Youth.

Audio recordings are available by request in Pathway Bookstore.

Miss a session? Pick up an audio CD in Pathway Bookstore.

April 17 — Dr. Bruce Locklear: "The Role of Faith in Parenting - A Retrospective Look at Raising My Children”
Navigating our children's adolescent years represents a myriad of emotions and experiences, but most importantly, how do we honor our teens' desire to feel independent while still being a member of our family? What do you do when something goes wrong? How do you manage the good moments? These are all questions we face as parents and we will examine together what this journey means and how we get to the destination while preparing our children to be young adults of faith. This is a critical time as students are beginning to enter the early phases of adulthood, leaving home, and living independently from family. Most importantly, we will examine the role of faith in parenting. 
“Doc Loc” is married to a wonderful wife Dawn and has two adult daughters, Brittany and Bethany.  He has been the principal of Edina High School for the past seven years. He has a doctorate in educational leadership and loves working with teachers and students.

March 20 — Lisa Jamieson: “Core Power for Parenting Teens”
The teenage years seem to bring ever-changing dynamics. Nurturing, protecting and strengthening the core of the family during this fragile season may be the most important gift you give your kids and yourselves. We’ll explore some opportunities and essentials for building a strong parenting team as the clock ticks toward transition for the whole family.
Lisa Jamieson is executive director of Walk Right In Ministries and author of Finding Glory in the Thorns. Lisa knows firsthand the joys and disappointments of raising a family when relationships are strained, finances are stretched, schedules are crazy fun, but health is shaky and sleep is short. Her youngest daughter Carly has Angelman Syndrome — a chromosomal deviation that seriously affects all areas of her development. Despite this challenge, Lisa has experienced God’s relentless desire to reveal His presence, power, and character amidst adversity. Lisa and her husband of 25 years, Larry, have two daughters in college and a third at home in high school. 

February 20 — Becky Patton: "Parenting Teens in Sexuality: Finding a Common Language"
Becky Patton will share her unique ability to integrate spiritual truth with research and real life experience as she leads us in discussing God's design and intention for sexuality, natural gender differences, and behavioral science related to our teen's sexuality. She offers us practical insight and common language on this often taboo subject of sexuality.
Becky Patton is founder of Truessence, a ministry that is committed to informing and enriching men and women's lives with a message of God's true design of sexuality and spirituality. She speaks candidly, honoring the differences of men and women and encouraging all to return to the truest essence of healthy and holy relationships that honor and value sexuality and spirituality.

January 16 — Youth Pastor Panel: “The Skinny from Youth Ministers”
We welcome a panel of local youth pastors: Lee Hanssen, CPC's Director of Student Ministries; Nicole Lindsay, Middle School Ministry Director at Colonial Church; and Gretchen Luedtke, Junior High Program Assistant at Wooddale Church. They will share their faith journeys and give us a peek at the world of the teenage youth group. 

They will start by answering the following questions:
•    What is something that your mom did right?
•    What is something you wish she had done differently?
•    What are some difficult things teens deal with that their parents don't know about?
There will be time for them to address audience questions as well.

Lee Hanssen grew up in Edina and went to college at the Univeristy of North Dakota, where he came to know Christ. After college, Lee spent almost four years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ.  Lee's passion is for raising up the coming generation and he's excited to be at CPC - a place he looks forward to calling home for quite some time. In his spare time, he is a triathlete and loves health. He has been riding horses since he was 12 and trains barrel horses. Lee also loves to drink coffee, race, and travel.
Nicole Lindsay is starting her seventh year on staff at Colonial Church, where she leads the middle school program "CRASH." She graduated from Bethel University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and this past spring completed Youth Leadership's Youth Ministry Certification Program. She has the unique privilege of serving at the church where she has spent her entire life, and alongside her father who is also on the ministry staff at Colonial.
Gretchen “Gretch” Luedtke has been serving as Junior High Program Assistant at Wooddale Church with Heather Flies since May 2012. Gretchen married Dan Luedtke in September 2013. She studied at Bethel University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2009. She is currently studying at Bethel Seminary and will receive her Masters of Theological Studies spring 2014. She is the oldest of two children and loves coffee, volleyball, and spending time with students!

 December 12 — Heather Flies: “Sibling Rivalry Explored”
If you have more than one child, it’s a guarantee you’ve witnessed a squabble or two — or three — or 127! Join us as Heather Flies, Wooddale Church’s Junior High Pastor, tackles the issue of sibling rivalry. What’s normal? What borders on abuse? When should we as moms step in to referee? With Heather as our presenter, you can expect passion, humor, straight-forward talk, and practical advice. As the youngest child of six siblings, Heather can speak from both inside and outside the rivalry experience.
Heather Flies is in her 17th year as the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. In addition, Heather authored I Want to Talk to My Teen About Girl Stuff for parents and That’s What She Said/That’s What He Said for teenagers. Outside the walls of Wooddale, Heather spends a great deal of time and energy as a communicator. During the school year, she is invited into local junior high schools to speak on abstinence, self-esteem, and other current issues. She also encourages women in all seasons of life, trains youth workers, and helps parents understand how to love their teenagers well.

October 24 — Katie Solem: “Parenting Your Teen with Love and Logic”
Love allows teens to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows them to live with the consequences of their choices. Learn how to set boundaries, model behavior, know when to stand back and let them make mistakes, and when the cost is too high, how to stay connected at a heart level and to stand firm in the face of teen’s bad choices.
Katie will teach us how to avoid anger, threats, reminding and lectures. All Love and Logic® information and techniques are based on psychologically-sound parenting and teaching philosophies. Katie Solem is a twenty-year veteran of the public school system, working in Special Education, EBD programs and as a Behavior Manager. Katie has also been a live-in group home parent for developmentally delayed individuals and runs her own group family day care. Katie has raised three of her own teenagers.

September 19 — Erin Walsh: “Self-Discipline in a World of Instant Gratification”
Self-discipline is twice as strong a predictor of school success as intelligence. Media and technology that promote and provide “More, Fast, Easy, and Fun” makes it difficult for teens to develop the skills of self-discipline. The result is a growing epidemic of distraction, disrespect, impatience, sense of entitlement and self-centeredness. Regaining the ability to set limits is not only important for our kids’ well-being but essential for improving classroom performance and ensuring our country’s economic future.  
Erin Walsh, MA, of Mind Positive Parenting, combines the latest discoveries in brain science with up-to-date research and data to explore how media shape norms, attitudes and behaviors. Erin will provide practical advice about raising healthy, resilient, and self-reliant kids who are critical consumers and creators of digital media.
Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father Dr. Dave Walsh for the past 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition Erin also teaches undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota and serves on the board of YMCA Camp Widjiwagan.