The CAFO Blog

What Matters Most? A CAFO2018 Manifesto

The great blessing of our era is also its great curse: boundless choices.  We feel it almost always, that tug and yank every-which-way. Sometimes the possibilities sparkle: Great new app for my phone? New restaurant? New fitness plan? At others, they overwhelm. Which school is best for the kids? Would a different church be better? […]


Research Finds Significant Adoption & Foster Care Engagement in US Churches

Lifeway Research last week released findings of new research on American churches with the headline, “Adoption, Foster Care Commonplace in Churches.” The research found that about 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year. “Foster care appears to come naturally for churchgoers,” concludes […]


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 […]


Eight Major Trends in the Christian Orphan Care Movement 2017

When it comes to issues affecting vulnerable children, 2017 was anything but static. Strong currents left a mark on adoption, foster care and global orphan care – both within the Christian community and beyond.   Some of these developments stir us to tears. Others rouse us to cheer. Curious? See “Eight Major Trends in the Christian […]


Charlie the Christmas Goat and The God of the Unexpected

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in a downtown neighborhood and were part of an urban ministry.  Part of our role was to help lead a high school youth ministry at a neighborhood church.  One year, we set a goal to take our youth group across the country to a conference […]


Are you sure that’s what they said?

Christmas song lyrics can sometimes be confusing.  Here are some that can be particularly difficult*: Oh Come All Ye Faithful What some have heard:  Oh come, lettuce, adore him What is really said:  Oh come let us adore him Let it Snow What some have heard: Let us know, Let us know, Let us know […]


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