A Cord of Three Strands 

Jay Ludwig, City Hill Church & Theresa Hartford, Bethany International

Missionaries can greatly benefit when their mission agency and sending church team up to provide united and coordinated support. But how often does this really happen? Whose responsibility is it to see that it does happen? How should member care be divided up between the two? Who has the final authority in making decisions – the agency or the church? These and several other issues will be addressed in this workshop. Recommended reading: Mind The Gaps: Engaging The Church In Missionary Care, by David J. Wilson.

Jay Ludwig and his wife Pam live in Minneapolis, have been married 43 years, and have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Jay and Pam were missionaries in France for 15 years, 10 of which were with Bethany International Missions. Jay is currently the Missions Director for City Hill Church in Eden Prairie, as well as their Children’s Pastor and Director of Operations. In his spare time Jay portrays Rev. Gideon Pond, a frontier missionary to the Dakota Indians in Minnesota.

Theresa Hartford is the Director of Member Care for Bethany Gateways. Theresa served on a rural church planting team in the Philippines (1981-1992) with her husband, Paul. Since 1994, they have served on Bethany’s campus in Bloomington, Minnesota assisting in training, sending and supporting missionaries. Theresa served in roles as assistant director and director for the mission (1996-2018). She enjoys visits to the field to encourage missionaries. Her passion is to see people find their fit and thrive in ministry. Paul and Theresa have been married for 40 years and have three married daughters and nine grandchildren.