On June 20th, 2012, join Russell Moore, Johnny Carr, Tony Merida, and David Platt for a breakfast and panel discussion on Adoption & Orphan Care in the SBC. The gospel of Jesus Christ calls our families and churches to be at the forefront of the adoption and orphan care movement close to home and around the world. This panel discussion will address the theological foundation and practical calling that we as pastors, church leaders, and members have to care for the fatherless. Breakfast will begin at 7am and the panel discussion will start promptly at 7:15am.

This event is being sponsored by The North American Mission Board and Together for Adoption. Also, thanks to Tandem Creative for donating the promotional graphics.

The Panel

Russell Moore (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Dean of the School of Theology; Senior Vice President for Academic Administration; Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a pastor, author of nine books, including Adopted for Life, and numerous articles. [@drmoore]

Tony Merida (Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books including Orphanology. [@tonymerida]

Johnny Carr is National Director of Church Partnerships for Bethany Christian Services, America’s largest adoption agency. As a conference speaker and orphan care advocate to denominations and national religious associations, he has been able to speak in venues such as the Catalyst Conference and at Saddleback Church. Prior to coming to Bethany, Johnny was a Pastor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. [@johnwcarr ]

David Platt (Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is head pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama. Platt is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical and the follow-up book, Radical Together. [@plattdavid]

Free Books!

 Thanks to Cruciform Press the first 200 people will receive Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver. Dan Cruver and his co-authors (John Piper, Scotty Smith, Richard Phillips, Jason Kovacs) are convinced that if Christians learn to first think about their adoption by God, and only then about the adoption of children, they will enjoy deeper communion with the God who is love, and experience greater missional engagement with the pain and suffering of this world. That’s what this book is about. What the orphan, the stranger, and the marginalized in our world need most is churches that are filled with Christians who live daily in the reality of God’s delight in them. Reclaiming Adoption can transform the way you view and live in this world for the glory of God and the good of our world’s most needy.

 Thanks to New Hope Publishers the first 200 people will also receive Orphanology by Tony Merida and Rick Morton. Orphanology unveils the grassroots movement that’s engaged in a comprehensive response to serve hundreds of millions of orphans and “functionally parentless” children. You’ll see a breadth of ways to care with biblical perspective and reasons why we must. Heartwarming, personal stories and vivid illustrations from a growing network of families, churches, and organizations that cross cultures show how to respond to God’s mandate. Discover how to adopt, assist orphans in transition, engage in foster care, partner with faith-based fostering agencies, and become orphan hosts. Along with their families’ adoption stories, Merida and Morton give steps for action and features on churches doing orphan ministry, faith-based children’s homes, orphanhosting groups, and other resources.

Crossway Books has also donated 200 copies of Russell Moore‘s book Adopted for Life. Dr. Moore gives a stirring call to Christian families and churches to be a people who care for orphans, not just in word, but in deed. The gospel of Jesus Christ-the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family-means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world. Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within evangelicalism, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself. Moore, who adopted two boys from Russia and has spoken widely on the subject, writes for couples considering adoption, families who have adopted children, and pastors who wish to encourage adoption.

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5 thoughts on “Adoption & Orphan Care Panel Discussion and Breakfast at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans, LA.

  1. There are many orphans around the world. Especially, many unmarried young couples abandon their baby irresiponsibly, so many orphanages exert effort to find foster parents who can adopt these children. However, in Korea, many people refuse to adopt a child, as they think it is important to maintain their blood from generation to generation. As human beings, we have to be responsible for orphans.
    Even though these children are not our own blood, we should take responsibility for them. They are also part of our society and we have to do our duty to our society. You are only involved in the society.
    Next, the thinking that it is important to maintain one’s family by blood is a kind of anachronism. The most valuable thing is not someone inherits whose blood, but someone is grown up by who. For example, there are many adopted Chinese in children in America. They hope to find their original parents, but they still love their adoptive parents and want to stay with them.
    All things considered, even though I’m not a parent yet, I can feel I would be a good mother for an adopted baby. When I was young, I often said to my mother that “I really want to have my sister, so let’s adopt a baby.” Such means I am in favor of adoption. So if I were medically proven to be unable to have a baby, I would adopt a baby with pleasure.

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