Our heart at RE: conference is to serve the needs of foster, adoptive and kinship parents in your congregation and community and we want YOU to be a part of that, here are some ways churches can participate:
1: SEND YOUR PEOPLE!
Set up a scholarship or discount you can offer to members of your church. You determine the amount and quantity of scholarship you would like to provide. We will provide you with a personal code you can offer to those families you want to send. Then we will send you an invoice along with a list of people in your congregation who took advantage of this opportunity.
2: REMOVE OBSTACLES!
Find out what the obstacles are. For many of these families this just means childcare. A couple ideas to consider:
1) provide childcare at your location
2) equip small groups to rally and provide in-home care for the children
3) give families a childcare stipend so they can pay a sitter. Make it easy for them to come!
3: RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS!
We have hundreds of volunteers who manage all the details and we could always use more hands. Imagine how loved your attendees would feel seeing a familiar face serving! Our goal is to not have foster and adoptive families serving. This weekend is FOR them.
4: BECOME A SPONSOR!
We would welcome your financial sponsorship and while this is a valuable way to support the event we feel it is secondary to numbers one & two above.
Our goal is that every foster, adoptive and kinship parent knows their church is behind them, supporting them and is willing to connect them with the training, resources and encouragement they need for this journey.
Real Encouragement for Ministry Leaders
Pastor & Ministry Leader Workshop: Everyone can do Something
Friday, February 7 - 11a-3p *
Whether you are launching a new foster care ministry, leading an existing one or are working alongside churches to help them get more involved, this workshop is for you. We’ll explore principles, practices and strategic direction for effectively engaging everyone in your church in caring for kids and families and supporting those who do. You’ll walk away with new connections, great resources and some practical ideas to help you take the next best steps in your ministry.
Cost: $15 first person from your organization, $10 for each additional leader (includes lunch and resources)
*This is in conjunction with the RE: Conference, we request that you plan to attend one of our conference general sessions before or after this training at 9a or 3:30p
Jason Johnson is a foster and adoptive dad, former church planter and the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with The Christian Alliance for Orphans. He is the author of "ReFraming Foster Care", "Everyone Can Do Something", "ALL IN Orphan Care" and blogs regularly at www.jasonjohnsonblog.com.