G. Hansen: Strengthening Faith Communities
Seen here with a
younger reader, Jan enjoys sharing stories with children,
great-grandparents and anyone in between.
In addition to
being a vice-principal in the public school system, Jan is active in
his church. He has filled roles including sunday school teacher
and superintendent, substitute preacher and writer of daily
devotions. He has had the opportunity to attend worship with hundreds
of faith groups, most of them Christian, and has developed an
understanding of issues faced by people of faith.
Jan has developed a step by step resource for setting and working
towards goals that is tailored to faith-based communities. The
resource can be downloaded for free by clicking the link below.
Planning: A process for supporting change
Change isn't easy,
but more and more congregations are finding that they need to change
some of what they do in order to meet the needs of the community that
they serve. Having worked as a change agent in Ontario's education
system, which is internationally seen as a model for focussed change,
Jan has adapted the succes planning model to a faith based context.
Step by step instructions on how to set and achieve goals (including
templates and handouts) can be downloaded here.
Jan can run workshops for leadership teams to work through the
resource and help them get prepared.
holds us together?
Like any group of
people, a congregation faces stresses that pull its members in
different directions. Jan will challenge members of the
congregation to think about what they are doing to strengthen the
ties that hold their faith community together. Your
congregation may be responding to a particular strain on your
community's fabric, or may be looking for way to rejuvenate your
Although comfortable with participating in your service, Jan
typically will work with the Sunday School children and make a
presentation to the congregation after the service during coffee hour.
Contact Jan for a
price. Recognizing that faith communities often have a limited
budget, and subject to his availability, Jan will come for a nominal
fee as long as he can make books available for purchase while he is
there. Jan's books will be available that day for a discounted price.
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