Updated May 28, 2018

Sunday, June 10 

Foster Care Info Meeting with the Parnell’s

Sunday night, June 10, Melissa and I are hoping to host a small gathering for anyone interested in learning more about foster care in the Twin Cities. Everyone is invited, but if you’d like to join us, please RSVP so we can plan ahead for the space.

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 Ava's Adoption Day, April 10, 2018

Ava's Adoption Day, April 10, 2018

“Let the Children Come to Me”

This May is Foster Care Awareness Month in the United State. As many Christians are considering new ways to engage in foster care at the local level, I am praying that our church would be awakened to the countless opportunities to serve children in need both in our communities and around the world.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
— James 1:17

In just the few short years since the beginning of Cities Church, many of our covenant members have been involved in the process of adoption and foster care, and the reason is simple: it’s what Christians do.

The apostle James says: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (1:17). The plight of widows and orphans is one thing that hasn’t changed much since the New Testament’s historical context. Though our culture and economy is different, orphans in particular are still defined by what they are without.  . . .  They’re still among the most marginalized and overlooked — those whom our fast-paced, dog-eat-dog society has written off. 

But let it not be so in the church of Jesus Christ, who is himself rest for the weary and a friend of sinners. One of the most tangible ways that we love our neighbor in Jesus’s name is by caring for our neighbors most in need, especially our little endangered neighbors near and far who need a family. 

In hopes of spurring on our church to this good work, here are two entries into orphan care that we have coming up:

Next Steps to Be Involved

1. Pray for endangered children and for our church

Would you begin praying for children in need within our cities and around the world? There are hundreds of children in our metro who are in and out of foster care, and hundreds more who are currently waiting for permanent placement with a family. How might the Father be leading us, collectively and individually, to help in caring for these children?

2. Listen to my recent sermon 

Our sermon text on May 27 included Mark 10:13–16, Jesus’s famous welcome of children and the mind-boggling reality of the kingdom of God. 

You can read or listen to the entire sermon, Jesus on Marriage and Children.

You can also subscribe to our sermon podcast on iTunes