Pastor Hansen on Sabbatical

The Presbyterian Church (USA) allows for Pastors to take a 3-month Sabbatical, after 6 years of service to a congregation. And the NCPC Session approved that I take that time for rest, spiritual renewal, and continuing education, from January through March, 2020.

I am going to spend time growing as a person of faith and a Christian leader, recommitting to some spiritual growth and studying homeless systems management around Colorado, so I can bring back some good ideas for our summer program. The Session and some of you will be taking on the week-to-week functions of being a congregation, and hopefully will consider your identity as a church community, apart from your Pastor. And leading you through this time will be Jim Reed, a commissioned lay pastor who lives in Black Hawk and has been a part of our family for about a year.

Jim has completed all the certifications to lead a Presbyterian church, without going through the many hoops of ordination. He’ll be preaching most Sundays, and available by phone/email for pastoral care and the ministry of administration. This is a part time gig for Jim, as he still works full time in Denver, but it will be fantastic to have a consistent presence here. He and his wife Suzie are excited be part of NCPC in this new capacity!

A few other details:

  1. We won a small grant to help offset most of these costs. Thank you to our regional body of Presbyterian churches!
  2. I will return for Holy Week, back in the office 1 April, and leading worship on Palm Sunday (5 Apr), Maundy Thursday (9 Apr), Good Friday (10 Apr), and Easter (12 Apr).
  3. Until then, you probably won’t be able to reach me. In order to make the Sabbatical most valuable, I won’t be looking at email or checking in. If you happen to have my personal email or cell phone, please do just leave them be.
  4. The concern has come up a couple times already, but I am not looking at other jobs! Sabbatical is a break, for a purpose, to come back here, renewed for stronger ministry.

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