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“A wise and experienced guide, Todd Chipman offers practical direction on how local congregations can do better in our quest to care for those Jesus calls ‘the least of these my brothers.’” –Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life Your church is doing so much already. Trying to convince people to do foster care or adoption can feel like just another daunting, impossible task. It’s hard enougMoore,–Russell “A wise and experienced guide, Todd Chipman offers practical direction on how local congregations can do better in our quest to care for those Jesus calls ‘the least of these my brothers.’” –Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life Your church is doing so much already. Trying to convince people to do foster care or adoption can feel like just another daunting, impossible task. It’s hard enough to get volunteers for the nursery, much less volunteers to foster or adopt a child! But what if we’re thinking about it the wrong way? What if orphan care actually increases your church’s capacity to do ministry? What if this one ministry opens doors to many others? Discover how orphan care transforms 6 key aspects of your ministry, meet dozens of families and churches who have experienced the transformative power of orphan care, and learn how you can get involved even if you’re not ready to foster or adopt. After catching the vision for this vital ministry, you’ll be ready to join them!


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“A wise and experienced guide, Todd Chipman offers practical direction on how local congregations can do better in our quest to care for those Jesus calls ‘the least of these my brothers.’” –Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life Your church is doing so much already. Trying to convince people to do foster care or adoption can feel like just another daunting, impossible task. It’s hard enougMoore,–Russell “A wise and experienced guide, Todd Chipman offers practical direction on how local congregations can do better in our quest to care for those Jesus calls ‘the least of these my brothers.’” –Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life Your church is doing so much already. Trying to convince people to do foster care or adoption can feel like just another daunting, impossible task. It’s hard enough to get volunteers for the nursery, much less volunteers to foster or adopt a child! But what if we’re thinking about it the wrong way? What if orphan care actually increases your church’s capacity to do ministry? What if this one ministry opens doors to many others? Discover how orphan care transforms 6 key aspects of your ministry, meet dozens of families and churches who have experienced the transformative power of orphan care, and learn how you can get involved even if you’re not ready to foster or adopt. After catching the vision for this vital ministry, you’ll be ready to join them!

43 review for Until Every Child Is Home: Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Ligon

    What a fantastic book! Although Until Every Child is Home does contain some theological insights on adoption, it is primarily practical and profoundly personal. Todd Chipman knows first hand both sides of the adoption saga, having been adopted himself, and now being an adopted parent. The book is filled with personal stories of Christian families who participated in the life-changing experience of adoption. Chipman definitely doesn't shy away from the difficulties inherent in adoption, bu What a fantastic book! Although Until Every Child is Home does contain some theological insights on adoption, it is primarily practical and profoundly personal. Todd Chipman knows first hand both sides of the adoption saga, having been adopted himself, and now being an adopted parent. The book is filled with personal stories of Christian families who participated in the life-changing experience of adoption. Chipman definitely doesn't shy away from the difficulties inherent in adoption, but he also chronicles the joy that it can bring to children, parents, and families. The book is helpful in the many angles it takes to view adoption. Chipman considers the role that the local church can have in adoption. He talks about the racial implications of adoption and the way that adoption can be a part of the Great Commission. In probably the most heart-breaking section, he discusses the tragic fact that many foster care children graduate into sex trafficking. If you want to know more about adoption- the need, the biblical imperative, or the process- I highly recommend this book. It has been thought-provoking, maybe life-changing, for my family. I received a digital copy of this book for free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Harris

    As a Christian adoptive mom myself, I have many opinions of why and how church as an organized religion should be answering the call to help kids in foster care. There are so many ways outside of being a foster and adoptive parent to support the children and their families. I hoped that this book would highlight the need, reference our doctrine calling us to help, and then layout a plan for the church to use as a guideline. However, this book focused mainly on the doctrine quoting A LOT of scrip As a Christian adoptive mom myself, I have many opinions of why and how church as an organized religion should be answering the call to help kids in foster care. There are so many ways outside of being a foster and adoptive parent to support the children and their families. I hoped that this book would highlight the need, reference our doctrine calling us to help, and then layout a plan for the church to use as a guideline. However, this book focused mainly on the doctrine quoting A LOT of scripture. More so than I think was needed to support the claim that as Christians we should care for orphans. Most atheists and agnostics would agree that we should help orphans - spiritual beliefs aside. This book was written by a pastor, and it felt obviously so. Start with a personal antidote, relay a full bible study, close with reiterating the connection of the antidote & scripture. I found myself more interested in reading the adoptive memoirs the author referenced than the book in my hands. I even skipped over much of the Bible lessons, because I’ve read them many times already, they were long sections, & I didn't need convincing that this is a mission field with biblical backing. I’m already in it. I’d recommend this book to pastors who are struggling with delivering a message to their church regarding the call to help orphans and who need help with their sermon. That is the only audience I see truly loving this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Until Every Child Is Home Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans by Todd R. Chipman Moody Publishers Christian , Parenting & Families Pub Date 06 Aug 2019 I am reviewing a copy of Until Every Child Is Home through Moody Publishers and Netgalley: Your Church is probably doing a lot already so trying to convince people to either take part in Foster Care or to Adopt can seem like a daunting and impossible task. It can Until Every Child Is Home Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans by Todd R. Chipman Moody Publishers Christian , Parenting & Families Pub Date 06 Aug 2019 I am reviewing a copy of Until Every Child Is Home through Moody Publishers and Netgalley: Your Church is probably doing a lot already so trying to convince people to either take part in Foster Care or to Adopt can seem like a daunting and impossible task. It can be hard to get volunteers for Children’s church let alone to foster or even to adopt a child. What if we are thinking about this in the wrong way though? What if caring for Orphans actually has a positive impact not only on the adopted or Foster Parents life, what if in fact increases your churches ability in various ministries? What if this one Ministry can help open the door for many others? In this book you will discover how Orphan care can impact six key aspects of ministry. We will meet dozens of families and churches who have experienced the transformative power of orphan care, and learn how you can get involved even if you’re not ready to foster or adopt. I give Until Every Child is Home five out of five stars. Happy Reading!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book! This book needs to be read by everyone who cares about answering the call to care for the "orphan and the widow." Though this book is not deeply eloquent or entertaining, it is powerful! So much truth packed into this short book that is a call to arms on the behalf of the vulnerable. My family has adopted and been involved in housing children of families who are in crisis. This book addresses so many of the issues we have faced and encourages me to keep going. Defi This book! This book needs to be read by everyone who cares about answering the call to care for the "orphan and the widow." Though this book is not deeply eloquent or entertaining, it is powerful! So much truth packed into this short book that is a call to arms on the behalf of the vulnerable. My family has adopted and been involved in housing children of families who are in crisis. This book addresses so many of the issues we have faced and encourages me to keep going. Definitely a must read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    “But I fear that we who are concerned for our churches and the needs of orphans often expect too little of good and each other. This is unbiblical.” See Acts 2 for how we might expect to see God work in and through us, when we give up relying on our own strengths, agenda and priorities when it comes to adoption and foster care. “In our church, it’s not a matter of whether you are going to be engaged, but how. Because this is who we are.” A great and challenging read I look “But I fear that we who are concerned for our churches and the needs of orphans often expect too little of good and each other. This is unbiblical.” See Acts 2 for how we might expect to see God work in and through us, when we give up relying on our own strengths, agenda and priorities when it comes to adoption and foster care. “In our church, it’s not a matter of whether you are going to be engaged, but how. Because this is who we are.” A great and challenging read I look forward to discussing with my group.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

    I received an arc of this book on netgalley in exchange for a honest review. It was kind of interesting, I'm interested in adoption and stuff, but it just dragged on too long.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This book has challenged me more than any other book I’ve read in quite a while. It offers a very realistic and personal view of adoption (the author has adopted children himself), including both the joys and the difficulties. Chipman discusses the biblical mandate to adopt; ways that adoption and fostering (what he refers to as orphan care) can broaden a church’s ministry opportunities; interracial adoption; and the very real dangers that a child in the foster system can face. He uses real life This book has challenged me more than any other book I’ve read in quite a while. It offers a very realistic and personal view of adoption (the author has adopted children himself), including both the joys and the difficulties. Chipman discusses the biblical mandate to adopt; ways that adoption and fostering (what he refers to as orphan care) can broaden a church’s ministry opportunities; interracial adoption; and the very real dangers that a child in the foster system can face. He uses real life examples from Christian families who have adopted to help illustrate what he writes about. I firmly believe that every Christian should read this book. My family has been challenged, and quite possibly changed, by this book.

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