How Could a “Resurrection Identity” Transform a Missions Community?

Paul McAlister, Pioneer Bible Translators & Jarrett Richardson, Mayo Clinic

The realities of a community formed on Christian Scripture (Acts 4:31-35) in which members divest their material possessions will be discussed as a model for missionary communities.  Moving from greed to grace led to a community on earth worth yearning for.  Participants will be able to describe the possibility of transformation from insecurity to security.  They will be able to discuss the scriptural foundation of a transformed missionary community.  And they will be able to identify psychological and behavioral changes from living in a transformed community.

Jarrett (Jarry) Richardson, MD, is an adult MK who grew up in Nigeria.  He is on the staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he serves as a Geriatric Psychiatrist, Hospice Medical Director, and Sleep Specialist. His main extracurricular service has been working with missionary mental health and helping organize Christian Medical and Dental Association’s continuing education conferences for medical and dental missionaries.   His wife Linda has travelled and served with Jarry in Africa, Asia, and PNG, as have their three now adult children.

Paul K. McAlister M. Div., D. Min., taught for 30 years in areas of Theology and Missions at Minnesota Bible College. He also taught Ethics courses for Augsburg, Bethel, and the Mayo Medical School.  He currently serves as Chair of the Community Relations Board of the Federal Medical Center (U.S. Bureau of Prisons) and does Hospital Chaplaincy training for the Mayo Clinic.  Paul has served with Pioneer Bible Translators first as a Board member then full time in the area of member care with special attention to Child Safety and Development.  He also serves as a training consultant for PBT and does interventions in interpersonal issues on field visits.  He has provided numerous Perspectives lectures as well as serving as program coordinator for Perspective courses.