We are thankful for every new foster and adoptive family. However, our vision is greater than merely raising up individual families who are the exception to the norm. For long-term, transformative ministry to take place, a sustainable culture of service must be developed. Culture refers to a way of life and it takes some time to cultivate. But, as we look ahead 5-10 years, we see a day when it is the norm for the church community to be on the leading edge of loving and serving this vulnerable community. Not every individual or church can do everything, but we can all do something. Toward that end, we work with churches to develop, implement, and maintain sustainable cultures of ministry to the foster care community with a particular focus on raising up foster and adoptive families who are equipped and supported to serve well. When a church develops a culture of care, the foster child is not simply brought into an equipped family, but also received into an entire church family.
First, we help churches develop a sustainable culture. While we have a model for developing a ministry culture, we also recognize that every church is different in its demographic, location, gifting and callings. We work with the appointed ministry leader or team to help scale a vision for ministry that is tailored to the unique needs and vision of the church.
Second, we help churches implement this culture within their life as a church. Once a ministry vision is planned and scaled, we will walk alongside the ministry team to support its’ implementation. We are willing to help as much or as little as is needed.
Finally, we help churches sustain this culture. Our neighbors in the foster care community need us to love them over the long haul. It does little good to generate excitement that quickly fizzles out. We will work with your ministry team to sustain your ministry with a view toward generational impact. Sustaining includes our cutting-edge, trauma-informed training for foster and adoptive families.
If you are interested in learning more about fostering this kind of culture within your church, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.