By Derek Brown, Ph.D., LPC

Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist Children & Family Ministries

Be a church that cares

By Derek Brown, Ph.D., LPC

Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist Children & Family Ministries

Is your church known as one that cares for the orphan, the fatherless, and the children from hard places? They need the full embrace of compassion and hope your church has to offer. This truly happens when your church takes ownership of foster care and adoption ministry. A church-driven ministry shifts the approach from sending out support to bringing in the resources, training, and expertise necessary for specialized ministry to vulnerable children. What better way to make the Gospel visible in your church?    

 If you want to take this ministry at your church to the next level, Connected Foster Care & Adoptions was designed for you. Through the church-driven model, we make it possible for your church to have a comprehensive foster and adoption ministry that will make a pronounced impact on the vulnerable children and families in your community.   

 Together, we can change the trajectory that families are on today. If only 1% of your church would commit to foster care, the placement challenges would be eliminated. Imagine with me, the magnitude of Arkansas Baptist churches meeting the need of every child in foster care across the state. Through our partnership, it isn’t just a dream, it is possible. Regardless of the size, every church can do something to be part of this solution.      

In January, we began a partnership with Connected Foster Care & Adoptions. This has been one of the greatest moves that we’ve made at our church. I cannot say how encouraged I am that Arkansas Baptists have taken this new direction in foster care and adoption ministry through ABCFM. Through Connected Foster Care & Adoptions, they come alongside your church to do the heavy lifting and you champion foster care and adoption ministry.” -Jeff Crawford, Cross Church Springdale      

Will your church join the challenge? Come to the Church Leader Information Meeting at the ABSC Annual Meeting to find out more:  

 Tuesday, October 25 at Hot Springs FBC  

5:00 pm | Dinner Provided  

Limited Space  

Register at  

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