“A wise and experienced guide, Todd Chipman offers practical direction on how local congregations can do better in our quest to care for those Jesus calls ‘the least of these my brothers.’” –Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life
Your church is doing so much already. Trying to convince people to do foster care or adoption can feel like just another daunting, impossible task. It’s hard enough to get volunteers for the nursery, much less volunteers to foster or adopt a child!
But what if we’re thinking about it the wrong way? What if orphan care actually increases your church’s capacity to do ministry? What if this one ministry opens doors to many others?
Discover how orphan care transforms 6 key aspects of your ministry, meet dozens of families and churches who have experienced the transformative power of orphan care, and learn how you can get involved even if you’re not ready to foster or adopt.
After catching the vision for this vital ministry, you’ll be ready to join them!
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About the Author
TODD R. CHIPMAN (B.S. University of Nebraska; MA-BL, M.Div., PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of ScriptureStoryline, a Biblical Theology commentary available at his website www.scripturestoryline.com. He and his wife have seven children and advocate for foster/adoption ministry.
Table of Contents
Foreword Russell Moore 9
Introduction: What You Need to Know About God's Goodness 13
Part 1 The Strategic Place of Orphan Care in My Story
1 Born on the Right Side of History-Barely 19
2 "We Want to Adopt You!" 29
3 On Becoming a Funnel for God 39
Part 2 God's Strategy for Orphan Care: Working Through We Who Have Experienced His Care
4 How Many First-Born Children Can a Couple Have? 49
5 What Does Spiritual Warfare Have to Do with Orphan Care? 57
6 Taking a Jet Plane into the Earthquake Zone 65
Part 3 Orphan Care and the Great Commission
7 How Many Continents Can You Get into One House? 75
8 Counterfeit Hospitality Not Welcome Here 83
9 Bedrooms, Birthday Parties, and the Gospel 93
Part 4 Orphan Care and the Ministry of the Local Church
10 Flip the Script 105
11 Trial by Fire 113
12 Might a Social Worker Be Your Next Church Hire? 121
Part 5 Orphan Care and Race Relations
13 No Race Left Out 131
14 Transracial Adoption Conies to Television 141
15 Racial Profiling and Forgiveness of Sin 149
Part 6 Orphan Care and the Sex-Trafficking Epidemic
16 Why the Local Pimp Does Not Want You to Foster or Adopt 159
17 The Pimp's Chief Operating Officer: A Woman 169
18 The Family of God as the Place to Belong 179
Part 7 Orphan Care and Church Leadership
19 Leading from the Front 191
20 "If They Can Do It, Goodness, We Can Sure Do It!" 201
21 Be the One? 211
Appendix: Five Essential Relationships to Cultivate as You Foster or Adopt 219