RESOURCES FOR PASTORS
Pastors, consider taking a few weeks in your pulpit ministry to preach a sermon series on the Biblical view of foster care and adoption. Below are resources through the EVERY CHILD Foster & Adoption ministry to help you plan and prepare. Bookmark this page as new content will be added regularly.
Why it's important to consider a foster/adoption sermon series:
Sermon Series Kits
Below are a variety of resources to help you learn, plan and prepare your sermon series including messages and content shared by Pastors Andrew Hopper and Tony Merida. Additional resources include articles, success stories and videos which are all categorized.
"Chosen" Sermon Series
By Andrew Hopper, Lead Pastor of Mercy Hill Church
1 John 3:1-3
Big Idea: Christians are reborn into the family of God. We are children of God because He called us His children.
Christianity and Abortion
Big Idea: The church stands for life because God forms life.
Big Idea: As the children of God, we are given every right and blessing that comes with being family (inheritance).
Big Idea: God has a plan for every vulnerable child.
What Childlike Faith Really Means
Big Idea: Childlike faith begins with the awareness of great need.
Big Idea: Caring for the vulnerable is a demonstration of faith.
By Tony Merida, Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Imago Dei Church
Orphan Care and the Local Church
Question: Why should we care about Orphan Care and what should we do about it?
Hearing and Doing the Word
Big Idea: The purpose of the Scripture is to change you!
By Dennis Thurman, Associational Mission Strategist at Haywood Baptist Association
From a House of Shame to a Hall of Fame
Big Idea: God offers hope and healing no matter your past.
By Joel Stephens, Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Hopewell Baptist Church
Big Idea: Jesus chooses to involve His Church in His reign. He doesn’t have to; but He chooses to.
Ordinary Book Chapters
By Tony Merida
Pastor Tony Merida wrote the book Ordinary to help show Christians that we can shake the foundations of culture, not through extraordinary acts, but through every day, ordinary acts - like showing hospitality and caring for the vulnerable. In order to see things happen that have never happened before, Christians must to do what Christians have always done. Christians need to become more ordinary.
Chapters two and three are available below for your personal use. Chapters taken from Ordinary by Tony Merida, copyright © 2015, published by B&H Publishing Group. Used by permission. If you would like to purchase the whole book, you can do so here through Lifeway or anywhere books are sold.
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Social Media Images
These social media graphics can be downloaded by clicking on the image. It will open a new tab (in Google Photos); navigate to the upper right corner and click on the three dots, then click "Download All".
We created these with the intent that you can personalize them with your own text related to an upcoming sermon series or informational meeting using your favorite photo editing program (such as Canva or Photoshop).
These slide templates can be downloaded by clicking on the image. It will open a new tab (in Google Photos); navigate to the upper right corner and click on the three dots, then click "Download All".
We created these with the intent that you can use them as backgrounds for a slideshow used during a sermon series or informational meeting using your favorite slideshow program (such as Google Slides or PowerPoint).
Johnson Family Story
The Johnsons compelled to become foster parents by God's grace
Why Forever Matters
Why Forever Matters from Pastor David Powell, Salem Baptist Church in Dobson
Pastor Dave Cline and wife open up home and hearts to four sisters
Expecting teen chooses adoption, stays a part of her daughter's life
Doing "God's Work"
Cook family “doing God’s work” fostering through BCH
No Child is Unadoptable
The Boutin family's hearts, arms open wide for children
Every Child Partnership
BCH & BSCNC announce "Every Child" partnership
Zero to Five Children
Couple commits to "love on" five adopted children
When God Moves
God gives sisters a home with loving parents