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A Report By Church Leaders, For Church Leaders

Throughout the summer of 2018, CAFO’s National Church Ministry Initiative conducted a series of interviews and surveys with 30 leaders of Member Churches from across the country representing a variety of church sizes, regional contexts and ministry structures. The following summary report, along with the corresponding infographic (access below), provides a high-level overview of the […]


Building an “Everyone Can Do Something” Culture at Your Church

The goal of your church is not simply to start a peripheral ministry a few are involved in; it’s to establish a foundation culture of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children everyone has a role to play in. An environment where it’s understood that while we’re not all called to do the same thing, we’re […]


Foster Care and Adoption: Loving Out of Our Poverty

Have you ever felt weak or incapable along your foster care or adoption journey? Have you ever felt like what you had to offer just wasn’t enough? In this post, Jason Johnson, CAFO’s Director of the National Church Ministry Initiative, reflects on the parable of the widow’s offering and the example of hope it brings to […]


BBQ, Orphan Care and How Everyone in Your Church Can Do Something

I recently met an older gentleman in Oklahoma. I had just finished speaking at an event for a church and he was catering the food for the night. Part of my message included an appeal to the church to empower every individual member to “find their something” – to understand that we’re not all called to […]


Three Principles for Church Orphan Care Ministry Leaders to Consider

I recently spent time with a pastor in Kansas City. Just eight months prior he had become the new senior pastor at a large, historic, traditional church. One of the first things he learned as he settled into his new role was that the church had spent years investing in an adoption fund – but had […]