Why Every Kids’ Ministry Leader Should Care about Adoption

God’s Way of Righting a Terrible Wrong

by Mark Entzminger/ March 2, 2015

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” — James 1:27 (NLT)

Adoption and orphan care have become trending topics for many churches. I’ve loved seeing how churches of all denominations and demographics have decided to shine a light on the fact that there are over 13 million orphans[1] around the world who need families. I’ve been inspired by the way the church has championed the call to respond. 

Over the years, I’ve come to embrace the idea that orphan care is one of the most important issues we can embrace and advocate as kids’ ministry leaders.  

Why Every Kids’ Ministry Leader Should Care about Orphans

Here are three reasons why I believe that orphan care is important for every kids’ pastor: 

  • God is the Father to the Fatherless (Psalm 68:5). The Bible is clear about this. As Spirit-filled disciples, we have been given the responsibility of partnering with God in restoring the world that was broken by sin. Orphan care is one of the ways we can care for His children who don’t have a way to be cared for in this life. 
  • Families in your church have room to grow. While not everyone is called to foster or adopt, everyone should be involved in orphan care. There might be families in your church who are seriously considering adoption or foster care, but they’re struggling to navigate through the process. Others might need affirmation that it’s the right decision. We can be voices of truth for these families. 
  • There are kids in your ministry who are impacted by it. Equally as important as it is to help kids know they are sinners in need of a Savior, is the need to help them discover the truth that we are all orphans until we are adopted by our Heavenly Father. When we advocate for orphans and the fatherless, we are helping children know that God loves and cares for us all.

I’m excited to have other leaders discuss the importance of adoption and orphan care and how to embrace it in our ministries over the next several days. If you or someone in your church has been considering adopting, getting involved in the foster care system, or participating in orphan care, here is a resource you can share

How have you embraced and advocated for orphans as a children’s ministry leader? What advice would you give to others who want to shine a light on the topic?

[1] Statistic is from Unicef.org.