Church Ministry Essentials

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 ultimately helps people find their “something” and act on it.

In this module, we will explore the following topics:

Articulating a Theology of the Body of Christ

Building a Tiered On-Ramping System

Sharing a Diversity of Stories

Making Orphan Care “Normal”

Collaborating with Other Churches

…and more!

Module Resources

Below is a curated collection of some of the best resources on building an “everyone can do something” culture. These resources are intended to serve you, not overwhelm you. Do not feel the pressure to work through all of them, but use them in a way that best helps you grow. For some modules it might mean plowing through them all, for others it might mean focusing on just a few!



Everyone Can Do Something

An interview with Sarah Norris, Ministry Lead of True Vine at Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne, IN.

Watch as Jason and Sarah discuss the “everyone can do something” message and how it can practically play out in a church context. 


Everyone Can Do Something

A short 30-second sound bite on the language and messaging of “everyone can do something.”

What's Your Something?

Sharing stories of peoples “something” can be powerful motivators for others to engage.

Webinar: Building a Foundational Culture In Your Church

A full workshop presentation on building an everyone can do something culture.

Moving Towards the Hard and Broken

While the world is saying avoid everything that’s hard and difficult and potentially painful, the gospel says something entirely different.


Everyone Can Do Something

The Think Orphan Podcast

In this episode you will hear from Jason Johnson, Author of Everyone Can Do Something, talking with Phil about his work training and equipping churches in how to strategically engage your church around the orphaned and vulnerable and the dangers of the curse of knowledge, the “tapping” study, and the importance of increasing clarity in our ministries.

Life as a Single Foster Mom

The Forgotten Podcast

The story of Dani Brewer, a single foster mom and the irreplaceable value of strong community around her – all doing their “somethings”. 

Everyone Can Do Something, Part 1

The Send Relief Podcast

Jason Johnson joins co-hosts, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber, to share how God shaped his fostering journey from being a church planter to becoming director of the National Church Ministry Initiative for the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

Everyone Can Do Something, Part 2

The Send Relief Podcast

In part two, guest Jason Johnson talks about what it means to reframe foster care through the gospel. He also shares best practices for preparing a family to realistically engage fostering with passion. He reinforces the title of his first book, Everyone Can Do Something, by sharing three practical ways families and individuals can find their “something” in fostering.

Articles + PDFs

Ten Simple Ways Your Church Can Serve Foster Families

Ten simple, unique and diverse ways that a church can practically serve foster families within their body

Building an Everyone Can Do Something Culture in Your Church

An article from the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

Ten Unique Ways Your Church Can Get Involved in Foster Care

Ten unique ways your church can practically get involved by mobilizing people to care for kids and support those who do.

PDF: A Primer on Everyone Can Do Something

A PDF primer on the foundational principles of building an “everyone can do something” culture.

Wrapping Around Foster and Adoptive Families

The goal is not simply to start a peripheral ministry a few are involved in; it’s to establish a foundation culture everyone has a role to play in.

Everyone Can Do Something

Chapter 5: Engaging the Whole of Your Church

Central to effectively sharing your clear and consistent “everyone can do something” message is the development of a core strategy for how you will bring that message to bear to the whole of your church. What pathways will you build to carry your message to every member of your audience in a way they can hear, understand and respond to? How will you engage not just the few, but the whole of your church with God’s heart for the vulnerable and orphaned?

Action Guides and Exercises


Building an Everyone Can Do Something Culture

Craft your “everyone can do something” message and build your infrastructure to support that message!


Identify Your "On-Ramps"

Clearly outline what “on-ramps” you are making available to people in your ministry. Are there varying ways for them to get involved, and do those varying ways differ in levels of commitment, time and energy? Your “on-ramps” act as the infrastructure that ultimately supports your everyone can do something message. 

Use the simple grid to identify what on-ramp opportunities currently exist in your ministry, where there might be a lack of clarity or opportunity and if there’s an imbalance in your current infrastructure. Also indicate what outside partnerships are necessary in order to maintain certain on-ramps. For help with this refer back to the interview with Sarah Norris above!

Resource Spotlight

This module’s resource spotlight is a book by leadership researchers, Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. They write extensively leading in such a way that everyone around you is empowered. This might not be a book specifically about foster care, adoption or family support ministry – but it is a book that can help us consider how to build leadership structures that reinforce the “everyone can do something” message! 

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

If you cut off a spider’s head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish’s leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. You might ask, “What does this have to do with building an everyone can do something culture in my church?” Great question. The answer is, everything! We’re not looking to build traditional “top-down” structures – we’re looking to mobilize starfish who multiply over and over again as they each find their “something!” We want everyone in our church to “own” the ministry, not just the leaders at the top. We believe you’ll find some inspiring stories and principles that will help you grow from this unlikely source! 

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