10 Ways to Pastor Adoptive Parents | Desiring God

Below is the beginning to an excellent post by Jason Kovacs on pastoring adoptive parents.

There are many ways that you can express your pastoral care for those considering adoption and those who have adopted already. As an adoptive father and former pastor, I offer a few thoughts on how to help adoption become a biblically based, heart-led, missional movement in your church and not merely another program on your church’s list.

via 10 Ways to Pastor Adoptive Parents and Those Considering Adoption :: Desiring God.

Jason continues with ten practical ways to facilitate adoption ministry.  As Olivia and I pray and think through adoption, I am grateful for the ministry of men like Jason who have an incredible heart for orphans, and a passionate desire for the church to minister through adoption.

By Todd Engstrom

Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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