John Pederson, Bethany Gateways & Jay Ludwig, City Hill Church

Helping Churches Care for Their Missionaries Who Are Under Pressure 

Often churches are unengaged or unprepared when it comes to helping their missionaries who are faced with the pressures of missionary life and ministry.  This session will offer a sample resource to guide churches in evaluating the missionaries’ life and ministry in partnership with the sending agency.  The strategic impact of “The Sending Triangle” (collaboration between the Church – Sending Agency – and the Missionary) with regards to member care will also be presented.  Hear from the Missions Pastor of one local church share how they have benefited from doing member care in partnership with an agency.  Learn how churches can create an open, safe place for their missionaries to confide when under pressure.

John Pederson spent 12 years in Venezuela with his wife, Kathie, serving with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) before returning to the U.S. to mobilize others to reach the least, the last, and the lost.  Since 2000, he has recruited, trained, and led teams for STEM (Short Term Evangelical Missions) and Bethany Global Teams.  John served as President of STEM Share (short-term teams to restricted-access nations) from 2006-2009.  Currently John serves as Director of Church Engagement for Bethany Gateways, a mission sending agency in Bloomington, MN serving in 25 countries. Bethany International’s main vision is to Take the Church to Where it is Not.  John has a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University in Global Leadership. The Pedersons have 3 adult children and live in Bloomington, MN. 

Jay Ludwig and his wife Pam live in Minneapolis, have been married 41 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.