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Orphan friendlychurch

  1. 1. Becoming and Orphan Friendly Church Andy Lehman
  2. 3. Adoption & Foster Care overview <ul><ul><li>Hosts FosterCare & FosterAdoption training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>@ church (2x/yr) –helps families in licensing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched an Adoption Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>17 children helped funded to be adopted </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$15,000 in fund helped mobilize $125k in adoption funding </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold annual Adoption/Foster Conf – 500 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waiting families – “wait well” with friends </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mom’s Night Out – for adoptive/foster moms </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Care small group </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Adoptee birthmother support group </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Adoption & Foster Care overview <ul><ul><li>Host “Heart Gallery” of waiting children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides “Respite Care/Relief Care” network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre & Post-Adoption Care resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Karyn Purvis (author, the Connected Child) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Host a “Heart Gallery”…
  5. 6. What can happen in just 1 year?
  6. 7. Open Arms Calvary Church, St. Peters, MO <ul><ul><ul><li>Started adoption support group for waiting families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Held Adoption/Orphan Care Expo (conference) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Launched Church Adoption Fund </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted “Heart Gallery” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures of “waiting children” in foster care system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Will travel throughout St. Louis area until each child has a family in the St. Louis area </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Outreach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting baby supplies, clothing & school supplies for foster children </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Care Prayer Vigil </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kim Smith (636)939-4343 ext. 1250 or </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Coffee for a Cause <ul><li>Create shop @ your church </li></ul><ul><li>Naturally conducive to talk orphans </li></ul><ul><li>Think Missionally. Act Intentionally. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Just a little makes a difference!...
  9. 11. Your Church + Indigenous Church… India Liberia Ethiopia Honduras Ukraine Zambia
  10. 13. 1 st United Church – Gridley, IL <ul><li>mission trip </li></ul><ul><li>letter-writing rel’shp </li></ul><ul><li>engage Sunday school kids </li></ul><ul><li>$40 allowance, $20k+ </li></ul><ul><li>Transport van, desks/chairs, feeding program, curriculum, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Overview… <ul><li>Inviting You!...engaging the Church </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We firmly believe that the only way we can change kids' lives eternally is by engaging the US church and the indigenous church to come alongside the needs of orphan children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider 3 year commitment to sponsor/”adopt” one specific orphanage or orphan care initiative (Ukraine, Zambia, India, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yearly Mission Trip </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Team of up to 12-15 people visit an orphan care initiative/facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prime opportunity/synergy – US church, local church, and the children…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VBS & work projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Letter-writing / Skype interactions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarterly letter writing to 1 or more specific orphan children you sponsor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype web cam feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financially support CCP ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>financially support the indigenous program and mentors (in country staff) that will do the year-round, daily mentoring and discipleship. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 16. Adoption Grants/Loans & Church Adoption Funds
  13. 17. Adoption Funding Solution Tools <ul><li>Direct Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Matching Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Interest-Free Loans </li></ul>
  14. 18. How does an “Adoption Fund” fit with your church mission/vision? <ul><li>Evangelize the lost </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption is evangelism at its core... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Edify the saved </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Put faith in action; develop relationships/support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Minister to those in need </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Millions of orphans trapped b/c of financial barrier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be a Conscience in the community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As Church is involved, the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 19. Top 3 common ‘barriers’ & their solutions… <ul><li>Barrier: Church staff “plate is already full” to administer fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Alliance partners can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry the administrative load on behalf of church, using mutually agreed upon criteria (reviewing applications, accounting, donor receipts, disbursing funds on behalf of adoption, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Church feels uncomfortable/awkward approving/denying their own families (viewing financials, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Alliance partners can provide all the screening, reviewing, approving/denying as a ‘partner’ on behalf of the church, using mutually agreed upon criteria for those decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Adoption Fund is unfamiliar territory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Alliance partners have passion, and expertise in adoption funding processes, maximize stewardship, use existing grant/loan procedures, IRS approved, ECFA approved (establishes financial integrity & avoids recreating the wheel) </li></ul></ul>Administration of Adoption Funds for Church at no cost to Church or Fund!
  16. 20. Iriving Bible Church (video)
  17. 21. Adoption Funding Tool <ul><li>Help a WIDOW & ORPHAN! </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative tool to remove financial barrier </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A team fixes up a widow’s home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renovation provided for free to widow (donated labor & construction materials) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsorship donations help fund adoption expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How does this help fund adoptions? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100% of donated sponsorships are used for adoption expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disbursed as Adoption Grant & Adoption Loan (thru Lifesong) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 22. Video <ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 23. Specific Ways to be an Orphan Friendly Church
  20. 26. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church <ul><li>Approach key leader with your vision </li></ul><ul><li>Identify passionate families to join you & dream together </li></ul><ul><li>Determine your channels (focus) </li></ul><ul><li>Plan strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Establish leadership structure & proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Launch ministry </li></ul>
  21. 27. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Approach key leader with your vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the right leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cast Vision of ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>videos, Pwrpt, Field of Fatherless, the One Factor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>might not “get it”, but don’t let it discourage you </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>talk with other church ministry leaders who DO get it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ If it ain’t no, then go…” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 28. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Identify passionate families to join you!... </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No “lone-rangers” to be sustainable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Likely people you know who would love to give time & talents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoptive parents, foster parents, adult adoptees, social workers, counselors, teachers, missions ministry people, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gather: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pray through specific scripture & specific kids by name </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>140+ million orphans: what has to happen to ensure all know Jesus? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you had $1,000,000 – what would you do with it? What about $1,000? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#1 priority? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 29. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Determine channels of ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orphan Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption (domestic & international) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Considerations: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a largely unmet need to date? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ adoption” naming– false perception </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>existing church/ministries locally where synergy? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current mission trips, rel’shp w/ crisis pregnancy ctr, missionaries you know, child welfare workers, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 30. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Plan Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with end in mind </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where would we like to be in 3 yrs from now? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t stop praying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>For Orphan Care, Foster Care, Adoption: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical needs? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Assistance? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education, Awareness, Recruitment? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support (post-adoption, placement, etc)? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 31. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Passion & discouragement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Respond in God-honoring ways when your passion may not be made a priority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be thankful for small steps, and careful not to complain “don’t get drunk on whine” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If your leadership even gives slightest opportunity, take it joyfully and be a faithful steward of that opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>** One of most vibrant ministries in country operated first 2 years withouth “pulpit time” and no budget </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 32. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>LAUNCH!.... </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Church Worship Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanctity of Lifes Sunday - January </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Foster Care month – May </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Adoption Month – November </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orphan Sunday – November 7 th , 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tandem with a Church-wide project: shoe drive, school supply drive, prayer vigil, etc. (get EVERYONE involved, esp kids) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn what works. Don’t be afraid to change. Build on successes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do small things with excellence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep Praying </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 33. Beauty out of Ashes… <ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 34. What can an 11 yr old kid do?
  29. 35.