The desire of OCA’s ministry is to mobilize the Church to lead the way in caring for the fatherless. We want to serve the local church as they integrate orphan care into ministry they are already doing. Over the past twelve months we saw churches begin caring for the vulnerable and walking alongside each other as they navigated the challenges of creating new families through fostering, adopting, or preserving current families.
Here are five ways OCA can partner with churches to integrate orphan care into your existing ministry.
1. Create an Adoption Fund For Your Church
In 2018, one church started an adoption fund from a surplus of giving and gave away $25,000 in 2018, which was all they had for the year. The money was distributed to 5 different families. This fund is now a regular part of their church and has been replenished.
2. Emphasize Orphan Care Month In Your Church
Another church made November their month to focus on orphan care. This is orphan care month anyway, so they knew it would fit in perfectly. They gave their congregation opportunities to engage in various ways throughout the month. They provided training for people of their congregation to become life coaches through OCA. Ten people signed up for the training and four people are now building relationships with young adults who are aging out of foster care. Four others are already trained and ready as soon as someone asks for a life coach.
3. Provide Trauma Training For Your Leaders
Still another church asked for OCA to come in to help train their children’s volunteers in trauma. This church has six families who are currently engaged in foster care and they want their leaders to be ready when they have kids with a trauma background come into their children’s ministry.
4. Meet Tangible Needs Through OCA Gateway
Multiple churches provided opportunities for their folks to sign up to help keep families together by meeting tangible and physical needs. Through OCA Gateway, these churches helped 28 families navigate challenging situations in 2018.
5. Host Foster Care Training In Your Church
Two churches opened their doors for people to explore foster care through the church. One church hosted OCA’s foster care training for the state of Kentucky over two weekends and the other hosted a foster care informational meeting for families interested in beginning the process of fostering.
These are only a few examples of what you can do to play your part in mobilizing your community. The churches mentioned above didn’t create a new ministry, rather they took their existing ministry and integrated orphan care into the DNA of their congregation. You may not host a training or create an adoption fund, but there is a part for every local church to engage in orphan care ministry.
What would it look like if orphan care could be integrated into your current ministry? How can OCA’s ministries help mobilize your congregation to care for the fatherless? We would love to serve you and provide resources to help you find your place.
What if…the Church led the way?