Church Adoption Funds
Create Financial Solutions for Adoptions in Your Church
Administratively Simple & No Fees
The Purpose of the Church
Titus 2:4 says, Christ “gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for H2is own possession who are zealous for good works.”
And to be certain we knew what type of “good works” God wants the church to pursue, He included two in James 1:27–“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
To make it as easy as possible for churches to encourage their members to pursue the fatherless, we offer adoption funds at no cost to churches.
Common Barriers & Solutions
Here are the 3 most common barriers churches face when starting a Church Adoption Fund:
Church staff “plate is already full” to administer fund.
Solution: Lifesong will manage/facilitate the Fund & carry the administrative load on behalf of church, using mutually agreed upon criteria (reviewing applications, accounting, donor receipts, disbursing funds on behalf of adoption, etc.)
Church feels uncomfortable/awkward approving/denying their own families.
Solution: Lifesong will provide all the screening, reviewing, approving/denying as a ‘partner’ on behalf of the church, using mutually agreed upon criteria for those decisions
Adoption Fund is unfamiliar territory.
Solution: Lifesong has passion, and expertise in adoption funding processes, maximize stewardship, use existing grant/loan procedures, IRS approved, ECFA approved (establishes financial integrity & avoids recreating the wheel)
One of the best aspects: Lifesong manages & administers the Adoption Fund at no cost to churches!
Church Adoption Funds are a Practical Way to…
- Meet Needs – Orphans find homes, families are assisted and churches become more active in orphan care and adoption.
- Share Jesus – Adoption provides us with an opportunity to share the Gospel and point people to Jesus.
- Encourage Others – An adoption fund allows us to put our faith into action, to build relationships and to support others.
- Do Justice – We are called to seek justice for the oppressed, to lift up the downtrodden and to speak up for the forgotten.
- Live out Loud – As the church is active, the community will see that Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16).
I am deeply grateful for God’s grace in Lifesong…I wholeheartedly recommend Lifesong to churches who want to express the love of the Father to the fatherless here and around the world.
–David Platt, Former Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills
How does Lifesong help you launch a church adoption fund?
Launching a fund – Lifesong helps your church allocate funding from missions budget, benevolence fund or raised funds (see Both Hands Project for Churches) to launch ministry for Adoption Fund.Example: First Baptist Church allocates $15,000 to be used as interest-free loans and/or matching grants.
Administratively easy – Lifesong serves your church by using our existing grant & loan management processes to administer your church adoption fund (i.e. qualifying families on mutually agreed upon criteria, administering funds, etc.). This eliminates the need for the local church to “re-create the wheel” in establishing a fund. Lifesong will help administer the adoption fund, at no cost to the church or the fund.
Engages Body of Christ – The Body of Christ as a whole is engaged in the purpose of the church.
“Win-Win-Win” situation – The local church is actively involved on behalf of orphans, the financial roadblock for families is removed, the orphan child is adopted into a permanent Christian family…all with minimal administrative burden for the church.
Synergy – We can do more together (Local Church and Lifesong) than either of us can do solely on our own.
Start a Church Adoption Fund…
- Call us at 309-747-4527.
- Lifesong will create a customized Adoption Fund Proposal, as a tool to use in presenting this idea to your Church Leadership.
- We can organize a conference call to help get church leadership on board if that would be useful.
- Launch it and see what God will do!