Every Child Every Church is calling the whole church, the body of Christ in Minnesota, to unite, stand up and care for every vulnerable child.
Our communities are filled with families in crisis, who need our love and support. The most vulnerable population is the children. Their parents are facing barriers and burdens that keep them from being the parents they were created to be. Many of these children are ending up in Foster Care: a government system that is now overburdened and filling a role it was never intended to - long term care for children.
We believe that the Church is God’s plan for caring for Minnesota’s hungry, poor, homeless, abused, orphaned and neglected children. Our desire is to inspire the faith community of Minnesota to step into this role and serve these children in Minnesota.
Goal 1. Recruit hands and feet who will serve in supportive roles by creating and building church ministries to serve our families as well as work with other ministries to collectively make an impact in their community.
Goal 2. Recruit front line warriors in three different, but vital roles for the preservation of family while obtaining the ultimate goal of no waiting children in Minnesota – a family for every child.
a. Voluntary host families
b. Foster Care
c. Adopt a child
Goal 3. Continue to build on the mission and vision through ongoing support, training and education by developing an alliance network with like-minded faith-based agencies, ministries and groups to create community.
Did you know that some of the earliest documentation of children being cared for in foster homes can be found in the Old Testament? These references establish caring for dependent children as a duty under law.
The early Christian church records also show children were boarded with "worthy widows" who were paid by collections from the congregation. For years, it was the church caring for the poor, homeless and orphan children. Then in the early 1900's, social agencies began to supervise foster parents and the federal government began supporting state inspections of family foster homes. It was during this time that the church sort of took a step away from their responsibility as it was seen to be taken care of by government. However, many Christians have stayed the course, seeing it the church’s responsibility to care for the orphan as mandated in James 1:27. It tells us, “pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world”.
Over the years, dozens of organizations and ministries have been created and work with the goal of permanency for all children. Unfortunately, these groups rarely work together. It was this reality that was recognized by a few that the need to collaborate and join in one another’s efforts to return an even a greater responsibility to the Church in a more structured and official way, that this partnership was formed.