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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

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Week One

Awe Over Adoption

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. 

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Week Four

Christianity and Abortion

Jeremiah 1:5

Big Idea: The church stands for life because God forms life.

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Week Two

Fully in the Family

Galatians 4:1-7

Big Idea: As the children of God, we are given every right and blessing that comes with being family (inheritance).

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Week Five

Plan and Purpose 

Esther 4:14

Big Idea: God has a plan for every vulnerable child.

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Week Three

What Childlike Faith Really Means

Matthew 18:1-6

Big Idea: Childlike faith begins with the awareness of great need.

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Week Six

True Religion

James 1:22-27

Big Idea: Caring for the vulnerable is a demonstration of faith.

Standalone Sermons

By Tony Merida, Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Imago Dei Church

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Orphan Care and the Local Church

Psalm 146

 

Question: Why should we care about Orphan Care and what should we do about it?

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Hearing and Doing the Word

James 1:16-27

Big Idea: The purpose of the Scripture is to change you!

By Dennis Thurman, Associational Mission Strategist at Haywood Baptist Association

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From a House of Shame to a Hall of Fame

Hebrews 11:32-40

 

Big Idea: God offers hope and healing no matter your past.

By Joel Stephens, Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Hopewell Baptist Church

Homework Help

Redeeming Representatives

Psalm 72:12-14

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 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.

Video Resources

To view our video resources, use the arrows to scroll right and left to see all videos. If you would like to download these videos to show your congregation, please visit our Resources page.

To view on Vimeo and download these videos, please visit our Resources page.

Shareable Resources

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).
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Slide Templates
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).