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Workplace Ministry

workplace ministryWorkplace ministry is a reflection of our core values as a company.  As the chaplain at Alexandria Industries, my attention is focused on the soul-care of our coworkers. It’s my hope to build upon our company’s faith foundation through connection, counseling and care.

Connection

Connecting is about establishing strong relationships.  Our lives are woven together by common experiences of happiness and sadness, strength and struggle, tragedy and triumph, and lots of everyday living.  We need each other.  Relationships help us to stretch and mature.  Every relationship requires positive communication to grow.  One of my most important tasks is to visit with employees, to offer encouragement, and to build friendship and trust.

Counseling

It’s our desire that Alexandria Industries would be a place where deep questions are expressed and explored.  It’s healthy for us talk about our dreams and hopes, our marriages and families, our culture and world.  I hope to stimulate those conversations. The Bible has a wealth of practical wisdom to offer us about relationships, community life, service, leadership, compassion, money, property, justice, and care of creation.  I’m available to provide Christian counseling and resources for our employees and their families.  Growth Groups are also offered for those who want to participate in small-group Bible studies.

Care

Caring for others requires getting beyond good intentions; moving past sympathetic thoughts to authentic acts of compassion.  At Alexandria Industries, the Care Team provides tangible expressions of support to those who are experiencing difficult struggles and significant life-events.  We provide “blessing bags” to employees who are hospitalized or critically ill, to those who have lost a loved one, or to families who are celebrating the birth or adoption of a child.  Another vital way in which we offer care at Alexandria Industries is through prayer.  Our Prayer Team is made up of employee-volunteers who pray daily for the concerns of our coworkers and friends.  All prayer requests are kept in confidence.  If you have a prayer need, please let me know.

Although our values are based on the Christian faith, we are also a faith-friendly company.  Our employees come from lots of different backgrounds.  It’s always our aim to offer respect, understanding and kindness to followers of other faiths, and to those who choose not to practice any religious tradition.

At Alexandria Industries, it’s our shared hope to make a difference in the lives of our coworkers and their families, in our industry, in our community and in our world.  We believe that by practicing faith and integrity in our thoughts, words and actions we can provide excellent products and service, while also bringing salt and light to the global marketplace.  Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men and women that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

If I can be of assistance to you, or if you have an interest in knowing more about workplace ministry, I can be reached at gfondell@alexandriaindustries.com or (320) 762-7678.