Church Ministry Essentials

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

A 10-module e-Course on Strategically Rallying Your Church
Around Caring for the Orphaned and Vulnerable

Whether launching a new ministry or leading an existing one, this course will provide a framework for you to discover, implement and sustain your next best steps no matter where you are on your ministry journey of foster care, adoption, family support and global orphan care.

Registration is now closed.
Next course will be offered in the Fall of 2020.

You don’t have to wonder if your ministry is
focusing on the right things.

You can know with confidence.

This course will help give you the clarity and confidence you need to prayerfully 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.


Module 1: Leading Teams and Managing Volunteers

Module 2: Articulating a Compelling Message

Module 3: Building an “Everyone Can Do Something” Culture

Module 4: Connecting People into Communities of Support

Module 5: Creating a Strategic “Next Steps” Plan

Module 6: Engaging the Holistic Continuum of Care

Module 7: “More Than Enough” Movement Building

Module 8: Cultivating a Trauma-Informed Children’s Ministry

Module 9: Going Global: Helping Without Hurting

Module 10: Building a Strategic Plan for Soul Health

What to Expect

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.


A one-page PDF action guide for each module

These simple next-steps 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 video teaching content from leading practitioners

Each module is anchored by video-based teaching segments led by some of the country’s best church-based ministry practitioners on various aspects of launching and leading effective Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC)-based initiatives.



On-going ministry and leadership coaching

At the conclusion of the course participants are given opportunities to engage in an on-going coaching relationship with a seasoned CAFO Member Church leader. This is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow and be reminded that you’re not alone on this journey.


This Course is For You if...

If you are leading a ministry, you need a great plan.

“But I’m just a volunteer leader.”

“But I’m a senior pastor that has too much on my plate already.”

“But I’m just a staff member and don’t really have the final say on things.”

| Volunteer Leaders |

First off, you’re not “just” a volunteer leader – you’re a leader. There’s no “just” in there. You

may not be in charge, but your passion and advocacy is highly influenGal, and there’s so

much you can get done. This course is for you.

| Senior Pastors |

You’re absolutely busy. We get it. What if we told you that you don’t actually have to lead

the ministry, but instead can do a few simple things that make a significant difference, then

empower others to handle the rest? This course is for you.

| Staff Members |

Does this ministry fall under your department? Someone else’s? What does your

involvement need to look like? You’ve got a ton of authority but perhaps not the final say.

How do you lead well with all that to juggle? This course is for you.

There’s No “Prescription” to Ministry

What works sometimes doesn’t work all the time, and what works for one church might not for another – there are principles and practices you can explore, adapt and contextualize most effectively in your own unique church and ministry setting.

This course will help you find them
and give you a plan to implement them.

Course: Watch short, dynamic and informative lectures.

Practice: Complete the “one-pagers” after each module.

Reading: Supplement the course with our list of recommended resources.

CAFO Church Member

for Supporter
Level Members
Includes up to 2 ministry team members. Additional team members
can participate for an additional $25
This course is
FREE to all CAFO
Champion Level
Includes up to 2 ministry team members. Additional team members
can participate for an additional $25
for Movement
Level Members
Includes up to 2 ministry team members. Additional team members
can participate for an additional $25

Not yet a CAFO Member?

Non-CAFO members may still take the course for $99.

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

CAFO Organization Member

Current CAFO Members


Non-CAFO Members


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