Beginning the Adoption
1. Recruit Prayer
An important first step is to pray earnestly and to enlist others who share an adoption vision to pray for guidance. To attempt an adoption process without this foundation invites disappointment. Pray 1) for the adoption to be recognized as a valuable missions strategy by the congregation; 2) that members will be excited about reaching the lost within a particular people; 3) for selection of a particular people according to God's leading; and 4) for God to call enthusiastic committed persons to form an adoption committee.
2. Identify an Adoption Coordinator
Someone must "own" this vision and provide strong leadership for an adoption to be a successful reality. The coordinator will be someone who believes in adoption as an effective strategy tool and will commit him/herself to see it implemented. If you feel unable to take on this role yourself, ask God to bring to mind those with whom you could share this vision and develop as coordinator. Contact the U.S.<> Center for World Mission for an "Adopt-A-People Advocate Kit" to help you share the vision of adoption with your church leadership and congregation.
Will an adoption proposal need approval by congregational vote, mission board, session, pastoral staff, or all of the above? When will these meet? Are they part of the decision-making process or will they only need to hear a presentation of the adoption committee recommendation?
Identifying the decision makers will insure that the adoption will go smoothly and that commitments made will be carried out.