Church Ministry Essentials

Building an Everyone Can Do Something Culture in Your Foster Care, Adoption and Support Ministry

Church Ministry Essentials is an immersive learning experience that will introduce you to the principles, practices and people you need to take your next best steps forward in foster care, adoption and family support ministry. If you’re a church leader leading a ministry or an organizational leader working to equip churches, you’re in the right place! This is for you.

CONTENT DETAILS

Get access to 10 modules of content and training all designed to help your ministry grow in sustainable ways.

HOW IT WORKS

Simply subscribe and you’ll immediately get access to all 10 training modules, some coaching opportunities and more!

TIME COMMITMENT

The material is self-paced but you can anticipate 3-4 hours of time per module if you are fully immersed in the  whole process.

THE COURSE IS FOR

All ministry leaders including pastors, staff, volunteers, advocates and organization leaders will benefit.

AN IMMERSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

What to Expect in Each Module

You don’t have to wonder if you’re focused on the right things.

You can know with confidence

Each module will help give you the clarity and confidence you need to set the trajectory of your ministry for years to come. You’ll walk away with fresh ideas, new insights and a renewed sense of hope on this journey of mobilizing your church to care for kids and families. And, if you’re an organizational leader working to equip and support churches, each module provides the opportunity for you to put helpful resources into the hands of local leaders!

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Proven Ministry Principles drawn from "Everyone Can Do Something"

This easy-to-read and extremely practical guidebook provides principles and practices for you to contextualize and implement in your church’s ministry no matter where you are on the journey.

Deep-dive resources and action guides for each module

Supplemental resources and strategic guide sheets will help you and your team identify the next steps you can take utilizing what you learned in each section of the module.

Dynamic teachings and insights from leading practitioners

Each module is anchored by video-based teaching segments led by some of the country’s best ministry practitioners on various aspects of launching and leading effective foster care, adoption and family support initiatives.

Personalized coaching sessions & leadership connections

Each module offers the opportunity to schedule a specialized coaching session as well as get connected with other leaders and practitioners from around the country.

Learn, grow and connect through a step-by-step process.

Each module you will have the opportunity to dive into video lessons, supplemental reading assignments, next-step exercises, personalized coaching and leader connection opportunities. Here’s what to expect with each module.

Step One

Work through the content for a particular module or set of modules.

This part is self-paced – go through the material as quickly or slowly as you would like. Ideally, you’re able to work through it with your team, other ministry leaders or advocates.

Step Two

Formulate questions and thoughts, then sign up for a coaching slot.

Within each module is the opportunity to sign up for a specialized coaching session facilitated by Jason Johnson. You’ll come ready with questions to ask and ideas to discuss!

Step Three

Get connected with other leaders to share ideas and be encouraged.

For those who want to participate, contact information will be exchanged with other leaders so you can connect, learn and grow with others around the country doing similar work.

Course Content

MODULE 1

Leading Teams & Volunteers

The sustainability of your ministry is only as strong as the team that’s leading it. In this module you will explore various dynamics of building and leading a ministry team as well as the unique complexities and opportunities that come with managing volunteers.

MODULE 2

The Gospel is our “Why”

The words we say are important; so is how we say them, when we say them and to whom we say them. In this module you will explore how to communicate the gospel with clarity and conviction as you disciple those in your church to move towards hard places and broken people.

MODULE 3

Everyone Can Do Something

We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we are all capable of doing something. In this module you will explore how the theology of the Body of Christ is central to the “everyone can do something” message and strategy that helps people find their “something” and act on it.

MODULE 4

Communities of Support

No one can walk this journey alone. In this module you will explore various aspects of community – from creating safe spaces centered around shared experiences for foster and adoptive parents to building practical and tangible systems of support around them.

MODULE 5

Strategic Ministry Planning

The extent to which your vision will materialize is largely dependent upon how well you prepare and plan. In this module you will explore principles of strategic ministry planning and goal setting that can be contextualized into your unique ministry setting and context.

MODULE 6

The Holistic Continuum of Care

Churches can often default into a “silo” of ministries. In this module you will explore how many justice, mercy & hospitality-oriented ministries are interconnected — all part of the same continuum – and how to effectively address them at different intersecting points.

MODULE 7

“More Than Enough” Movement Building

When it comes to big problems, real and lasting solutions require all of us working together. In this module you will explore how collaboration with others can result in maximizing resources, optimizing your efforts and impacting the lives of children & families better together.

MODULE 8

Trauma-Informed Children’s Ministry

There’s kids in your church that have experienced trauma. In this module you will explore the impacts of trauma, practical tools for staff and volunteers working with children in your ministry who have experienced trauma and a plan of ac on to create safe, welcoming and fun environments for all.

MODULE 9

Engaging Globally, Applying Locally

There’s a direct correlation between your church’s global missions and local ministry efforts. In this module you will explore best practices of global engagement – from short-term missions to forming partnerships – and explore what the local application is to your global engagements.

MODULE 10

Strategic
Soul Care

The work of justice and mercy will inevitably be short-lived if sustained by passion alone. Ultimately, vibrant ministry springs from healthy souls. In this module you will explore ways to cultivate a vibrant inner life rooted deep in Christ for yourself, your team and the families you serve.

Learn from Some of the Best

AMBER KNOWLES

Executive Director Fostering Family (Houston, TX)

CARLY SOUZA

Fostering Hope Director, Hope Church (Las Vegas, NV)

DR. SHAREN FORD

Director of Foster Care and Adoption, Focus on the Family

GABE FORSYTH

Missions Pastor, Mosaic Church (Orlando, FL)

JAILYN SMILEY

Director of Family Recruitment, CK Family Services (Dallas, TX)

JASON JOHNSON

Director of Church Ministry Initiatives, CAFO

JASON WEBER

Director of Foster Care Initiatives, CAFO

JEDD MEDEFIND

President, CAFO

JOHNNA STEIN

Director of Training, Promise686

LAURA MOBLEY

Director of Foster Care and Adoption, Traders Point Church

NICOLE WILKE

Director of the Applied Research Center, CAFO

PHILIP PATTISON

Executive Director, Foster the Bay (San Francisco, CA)

TONI STEERE

Director of Legacy685, Houston’s First Baptist Church

MAREN VALLERAND

Ministry Lead, Reach Church

RENAUT VAN DER RIET

Lead Pastor, Mosaic Church (Orlando, FL)

Course Cost

$119 for full access for you and your team

This content platform is FREE for Champion Level CAFO Member Churches. As well, CAFO Member Non-Profit Organizations can receive a discounted rate. Simply email phelan@cafo.org to check the status of your membership and get your access code.

Want to Join CAFO?

Non-CAFO members may still access the content for $119.

But, we would also encourage you to explore all the benefits to membership at CAFO.

Still have questions? Here are some answers.

Who is this course material for?

Pastors, ministry leaders, volunteers and advocates in a local church. As well, church engagement staff at local agencies and organizations find value in the content as a way of getting trained on how to help the churches they work with.

How exactly does the subscription work?

You click on the “access now” button and it will take you to our registration page. Once you register, your card will be charged. You will receive a confirmation that includes an access code and a link to a secure page where all of your module content lives. 

What can I expect?

You’ll get access to all 10 modules of content at once. You will also have the opportunity to RSVP for a coaching session.

What is the time commitment?

All the material is self-paced. But you can expect around 3-4 hours per module if you are fully immersed in the process. This includes time spent on module content and time spent on coaching calls. The content is designed to be self-paced immersing you in the learning process, while still fitting into almost anyone’s busy schedule. The amount of time you will spend on each module is completely up to you and how much you want to dive into the content and coaching. Some modules you might choose to just read the content on your own and move on, and others you might go all-in, reviewing all the content, completing the exercises, participating in a coaching call and jumping into a connections with other leaders!

How do the coaching group sign-ups work?

You will find RSVP options within each module. 

Are classes live? Do I log in at the specific time?

No, all the video lessons from module content are pre-recorded, allowing you to watch them whenever is best for you. However, the coaching calls will be live with a specific time to log on.

Will I get direct feedback from Jason Johnson?

Yes, if you participate in a coaching call.

Will I be able to earn a Certificate of Completion?

If you would like to earn a certificate, please email a 2 paragraph summary of each module to phelan@cafo.org. Please address in the first paragraph any major takeaways you had from this module, and in the second paragraph write about the way you will implement what you learned.

How long will I have access to the material?

Forever.

Do you have a refund policy?

Once you have access to the content we will not be able to provide refunds.

If your questions are not covered in the FAQs, please contact us here.