A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centered Ministry to Orphans

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A Passion for the Fatherless is written to help believers develop a God-centered ministry to the orphan. It exposes believers to the Scriptural mandate to care for orphans, helps them understand why God has issued that call, and equips them to joyfully respond to that call. It strives to achieve this purpose b developing a vibrant theology of orphan ministry for the church. Each chapter is accompanied with study questions so that it can be used in both personal study or with a ...

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Overview

A Passion for the Fatherless is written to help believers develop a God-centered ministry to the orphan. It exposes believers to the Scriptural mandate to care for orphans, helps them understand why God has issued that call, and equips them to joyfully respond to that call. It strives to achieve this purpose b developing a vibrant theology of orphan ministry for the church. Each chapter is accompanied with study questions so that it can be used in both personal study or with a small-group.

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Dr Erwin Lutzer
"This book is based on a careful study of what the Bible has to say about [orphan care] (and the answer, is plenty!), and why we cannot ignore the most helpless and abandoned of God's creation without grieving the heart of God. All who are in Christian ministry should read it and ask: How should we get involved?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825426605
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bennett is the Senior Pastor at Bethany Community Church in central Illinois. It was while serving as a family pastor that he became convinced of the need to equip the local church to care for the fatherless with a God-centered focus. He and his wife, Whitney, have four children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jedd Medefind 9

Preface 13

Acknowledgments 17

Introduction 19

Part 1 God and the Orphan 27

1 The Uniqueness of Christian Orphan Care 29

2 Compassion, the Disenfranchised, and the Orphan 39

3 God's Glorious Grace and Orphan Care 57

4 A Theology of Adoption 67

Part 2 God's People and the Orphan 83

5 Blessings, Missions, and Orphans 85

6 When Not to Care for Orphans 97

7 The Greatness of Godly Affliction 113

8 Decision Making in Orphan Care Ministry 129

9 The Orphan and the Church 147

10 Church Leadership and an Orphan Ministry 159

Part 3 Starting an Orphan Care Ministry in Your Church 175

11 The Components of a Church's Orphan Ministry 177

12 The Components of a Church's Adoption Ministry 195

Afterword Andy Lehman 205

Appendix 207

Works Cited 219

Scripture Index 223

Subject Index 227

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