Thursday, March 05, 2009

Pastoring Adoptive Parents and Those Considering Adoption

Jason Kovacs, Director of Ministry Development for The ABBA Fund, discusses 10 ways a pastor can help parents who have adopted and those who are considering adoption:
  1. Develop your own heart for the fatherless.
  2. Do a biblical study on God's perspective on orphans.
  3. Educate yourself on basic facts about adoption and orphan care.
  4. Ask questions.
  5. Remind them that they desire a good and God-magnifying thing.
  6. Keep on encouraging them.
  7. Provide financial counsel and help.
  8. Cry with them and celebrate with them.
  9. Celebrate adoptions publicly in services.
  10. Don't feel like you have to have all the answers.
Patricia and PhilippeRead the details here.

As someone in the process of adopting a little girl from China and a brother and sister from Haiti, I am thankful to belong to a church that places a heavy emphasis on adoption, especially when I consider the parallels between earthly adoption and our own adoption through Christ.

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