Pastoral Endorsements

Troy-Dobbs-web“As Jim shared the vision that God gave him to create Engage – SDG, I was excited because I see a great need for this type of resource for not only my church but for the Church as a whole. I have got to know Jim’s heart over the last several years and his passion to assist churches in discipling their members. The list of questions I have seen are exciting. His willingness to hear from others about their questions I believe will make Engage – SDG a resource that can be used for God’s glory and His glory alone. It is a privilege to be one of Jim’s closest advisors.”

– Senior Pastor Troy Dobbs, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN

???????????????????????????????“Having worked with Jim Hansen over the past several years in his previous ministry role, I am excited about his new calling! Jim has a passion to help the Church effectively engage culture with an informed gentleness. This desire, along with Jim’s commitment to excellence in all he does, will show through everything produced by Engage-SDG. The issues that Engage – SDG plans to address are the great questions of our day. The practical training Engage-SDG provides will be of great value to every Christian who desires to faithfully represent a biblical worldview in their day-to-day life. I have already signed The Harbor Church up as a member of Engage-SDG and cannot wait until the Bible studies and training videos become available. I encourage all pastors to do the same!”

– Senior Pastor Jim Anderson, The Harbor, Hastings, MN

Dave photo“I said “yes” to serving on EngageSDG’s  pastor advisory board because its vision and mission hold promise to provide needed resources for educating and training God’s people to give honest answers to honest questions being asked by many in today’s culture wars.  We Christians are called to give a  reason for the hope that is in us and these Bible studies and short videos are aimed at helping us do so.  My personal interaction with Jim Hansen over the last several years gives me confidence that good theology and compassion for people will be in the DNA of the resources produced.  The initial scripts that I have seen stir enthusiasm and hope within me that the Lord of truth will use these resources in educating and training today’s Church.”

– Senior Pastor Dave Glesne, Redeemer Church, Fridley, MN

photo“When Jim does something he does it with excellence (an overlooked attribute in too many of today’s Christians). Sitting on his advisory board is like a highschooler advising his teacher. I am wholly inadequate to do so because of the incredibleness that God has built into Jim Hansen. Nevertheless, I’m honored to serve at his request.”

– Senior Pastor Gus Booth, Warroad Community Church, Warroad, MN

Steve Crane“Having been one of Jim Hansen’s pastors and friends for more than 10 years, I am excited to see him investing his time into a ministry that is so needed in todays Church. Knowing personally how God has molded his life thru tragedy. I am convinced that he has a heart of compassion and faithfulness, which will flow throughout the Bible studies and videos Engage – SDG produces. As a Pastor of Counseling I understand that Christians need a better understanding on how to talk, not only with biblical truth but with a winning tone, to others about challenging questions. Trust me having seen the list of questions Engage – SDG wants to address I look forward to seeing the answers from God’s word myself.”

– Pastor of Care Steve Crane, Grace Church Roseville, Roseville, MN

Pastor Todd Olson-LT“I have a deep respect for Jim Hansen, his leadership and love for the Lord.  We have been friends for many years and I really appreciate his passion and commitment in seeing the truth of the Gospel penetrate the culture and world around us.  His creative and fresh approach in addressing issues regarding contemporary cultural issues is carefully thought through, theologically sound and culturally engaging.  These resources will serve the Christian community for years to come.  It is a privilege to serve with him on the Advisory Board.”

– Senior Pastor Todd Olson, First Evangelical Free Church of Maplewood, Maplewood, MN

mac-threinen-web“Now that our society has passed from a predominantly Judaeo-Christian ethic the church in America will face the challenges of competing world-views as never before. Therefore, I’m excited that these resources will be made available to assist those seeking to be able to interact with an increasingly secular society. I appreciate the caring heart behind these products and know that they will communicate the truth in love.”

– Pastor of Families Mac Threinen, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN

Publicity-Photo-Tom-150x150“As the culture we live in continues to grow further and further away fro God it is essential that Christians are better trained on how to talk about difficult questions. I am excited to work with Engage – SDG because I am convinced that the compassion for people and commitment to God’s Word will both be honored in the Bible Studies and videos that they produce. Having viewed the questions that are already on the list and their willingness to deal with questions that you will submit I am sure that Engage – SDG will be a great resource for all Bible believing churches.”

 – Tom Parrish, Senior Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN 

Mark LaFollette“I have had the pleasure of knowing Jim for over five years.  He is an amazing guy with a keen mind, an excellent understanding of the needs of people inside and outside the church, and the creativity to take action.  I strongly encourage you to check out the Engage-SDG materials and see how they can benefit you and the people of your church.”

–  Mark LaFollette, Preaching Pastor, New Life Church of Woodbury, MN

“As a pastor I am excited about Engage – SDG as it addresses so many vital areas that face God’s people today.    It is a joy to receive such solid, biblically grounded material that speaks so forcefully in the milieu of our contemporary American culture. Truly may God receive great glory through the powerful ministry of Engage – SDG.”

– Senior Pastor Fred Thoni, Elmwood E-Free Church St. Anthony, MN

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