Beginning the Adoption
Beginning an Adoption: Checklist
Please Note: The optimal steps below are offered as a guide, but
may not match your church's structure or way of decision-making. There
are several ways to implement an adoption within a church. It is our hope
that you will be able to adapt the suggested steps to fit your situation.
1. Initiating the Process
2. Engaging the Leadership
3. Establishing the Adoption Team and Process
Present to the missions committee and/or the pastor and elders/leaders
the desired concept and process to adopt a people. Tools listed above may
help present the vision. Adoption<>
Videos also may be motivational.
Get missions committee approval to adopt a people.
Select an Adoption Advocate who has passion and vision for unreached peoples
and adoption, and some connection to church leadership.
Educate the pastor and elders/leaders by hosting or promoting in your area,
the in-depth Perspectives<>
Course or the Vision<>
for the Nations Sunday school course.
4. Preliminary Research
5. Integrating the Adoption Strategy into the Philosophy of the Church.
Select and recruit an adoption leadership team (committee).
Begin regular prayer and planning meetings of the adoption team (committee).
Pursue an overall vision and guidance as necessary. See Adoption<>
If your church is part of a denomination or works with a specific mission
agency, contact them for help to select a people and suggestions with the
Write a mission statement for the adoption project (a crucial exercise).
6. Final Decision
Prepare a plan for the congregation's involvement as a whole with the adoption.
Enlist the pastor's help in presenting the vision of unreached peoples
and adoption to the congregation.
Educate the congregation on unreached peoples and the Great Commission
Show videos to the congregation on unreached people vision. See Video/Film<>
Offer the Perspectives<>
Course or Vision<>
for the Nations Sunday School Class. Contact USCWM.
Create and compile profiles and other materials of your candidate peoples
for presentation to the congregation-- use the information from your preliminary
Present the people group adoption plan and a short list of prospective
peoples to the congregation during your missions conference.
Announce adoption activities at worship services.
Invite the congregation to pray over the list of prospective peoples for
one month for guidance in making a choice.
If appropriate, plan a pre-search trip(s) to the potential peoples, in
coordination with a knowledgeable agency.
Present a list of ministry needs of the peoples under consideration to
Make people profiles available to the congregation.
Collect and organize the congregation's thoughts, ideas, and insights.
Have the adoption committee pray over the responses to reach a consensus
on a people.
Have the adoption committee prepare and distribute material, including
determining factors, to the congregation on the people recommended for
Submit the recommendation to the pastor and church leaders.
Have the church, pastor and leaders pray over the recommended people.
Have the church leadership approve the people and present to the congregation.
Have the congregation and governing bodies approve the people selection.
Conduct an adoption commitment ceremony. See Sample<>
Certificate of Adoption.
using the People Commitment Registration Form (Located at the Joshua Project II website.)
Please register your adoption using the<>
People Commitment Registration Form (Located at the Joshua Project II website.)
so that we can keep track of which peoples have not yet
been adopted. We will also use your information to help link churches who
have adopted the same people, or others involved within the group. Be assured
that the information you share with us will not be used for solicitation
of funds or sold to any fundraising organization.
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