Member Care is Biblical, useful, and appreciated. It is also leaderless, autonomous, and not integrated into organizational ethos, nor is it mission specific. This seminar will acknowledge respectfully the origins and history of Member Care while identifying some troubling aspects in today’s mission scene. We will offer suggestions for a more integrated and focused future. We’ll identify some changing demographics as well as future needs. Role plays, stories and small group exercises will characterize this seminar.
Laura Mae (Larrie) Gardner and husband Dick have served in Wycliffe and SIL more than 50 years. These years included completing a NT translation, advanced studies, serving as counselors, developers of member care, and various administrative roles. Laura Mae is a pioneer of Member Care, having recently completed the book, Healthy, Resilient, and Effective in Cross-Cultural Ministry. She continues to serve on boards, consult with mission organizations and teach seminars and workshops around the world. She is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 8. She and Dick recently retired but are busier than ever. They live in Tucson, Arizona.