Parenting Forum

Welcome to St. Andrew University’s Parenting Forum, a frequent forum for parents raising faithful and purposeful youth in today’s complicated world.  Utilizing gifted church, school and civic leaders such as; Coach Mike Grant, Principal Conn MacCartan, and Dr. Daniel Riedenberg of SAVE. Parenting Forum addresses relevant parenting topics of today.

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Upcoming Parenting Forums

“What Kids Keep Telling Me”

Forum Leader: Jeff Thelen, Eden Prairie Public School Teacher and Coach

Description: Starting off on the right foot as school begins this fall is a common goal for all parents. Would you like some new, practical suggestions about parenting practices to start the new school?

For this session of Parenting Forum, we welcome Jeff Thelen, a teacher and academic coach within the Eden Prairie Public Schools. In his over 15 years working with youth in the community, he has developed a thoughtful and pointed list of observations youth make about their parents.  What do parents do that is helpful? What do parents do that is not helpful? What do I wish my parents would say/do more? Mr. Thelen will present these topics and reflect with us on how we as parents might engage with our kids in a new way this fall.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 29th from 6:30-8 PM

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at



“Words of Wisdom for Parents: The View from a Counselor’s Chair”

Forum Leader: Pastor Karen Stevensen

Description: What do experienced and professional counselors see in our youth today? What ‘best-practice’ recommendations do counselors make for parents who seek to raise balanced, compassionate, and faithful youth in today’s world?

Pastor Karen Stevensen, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, will be sharing her ‘best practices’ on parenting in today complicated world. Pastor Karen has worked closely with families and youth in a counseling format for most of her professional years. She has gained unique and helpful insights into the issues families face as they raise kids as well as how to knit families together with purpose and compassion.

Professionally, Pastor Karen offers family therapy, marriage and family counseling, and pre-marriage workshops. She leads the periodic seminar at St. Andrew University called Marriage Tune-Up: Maintaining a Strong Marriage.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 27th from 6:30-7:30pm

Contact: Pastor Peter at


“9 Keys to Raising Thriving Youth in Today’s Complicated World”

Forum Leader: Rev. Dr. Peter Samuelson

Description: Dr. Samuelson has done extensive academic research into equipping youth with confidence, purpose and faith in a competitive, changing, and challenging world. His presentation about 9 keys to raising kids in today’s complicated world will provide helpful hints for parenting today’s youth.

Dr. Samuelson is currently Sr. Director of Foundation Relations and Organizational Impact at Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, spouse of Senior Pastor Debra Samuelson at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, and a father of three thriving children.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30-7:30p

Contact: Pastor Peter at


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