PRAY. GIVE. GO.

Spend at least a minute a week praying for…

Ministries and Events of the Church

…a need from the ministry or event you’ve adopted. Pray for their initiatives, the team and those they are working to reach.

Urban Ministry Partners

…your partner. Pray for their initiatives, the people and the communities they are working to reach. Visit their website or sign-up to receive their newsletter to stay updated on how to pray.

Global Missionaries and Mission Fields

…your missionary/mission field. Pray for their initiaitives, the people involved and the communities they’re working to reach. Connect with your missionary/mission field point person to stay updated on how to pray.

Ministries and Events of the Church

Find out if your ministry has needs like baking cookies for the Coffee Bar or providing the snacks for a POWER Kids or Student Ministries event. Use the appropriate time to teach and lead about the difference between tithing and giving above and beyond for special needs and projects like these.

Urban Ministry Partners

Take a simple need and meet it consistently for your partner; imagine if your partner never had to worry about needing plates again because you committed to buying plates every time you went grocery shopping.

Global Missionaries and Mission Fields

…your missionary/mission field. Pray for their initiaitives, the people involved and the communities they’re working to reach. Connect with your missionary/mission field point person to stay updated on how to pray.

Go as a “Group”

Find times when, as a group, most of you can go serve your adoptee. Maybe your group can help organize and execute Student Ministries events at Grace. Or remodel something for your urban ministry partner’s facility. Or find a time when most of the members in your group can go on a mission trip to your mission field.

Go as a “Staff”

Help your group members find a way to serve your adoptee as part of their “staff”. Maybe that looks like serving on a regular basis during weekend services at Grace. Or perhaps they serve your urban ministry partner by giving one hour a week to mentor a student. Or maybe one of your group members could serve your missionary/mission field from home by helping organize the logistics when a short term team travels to your mission field.

Make the Adoptee a Part of Your Group

Take the time to care for your leadership of your adoptee. Send cards at the holidays. Think of their kids during birthdays. Send them a gift card for date nights. Childcare for date nights if they’re in town. Prayer! Does someone in your group have a timeshare? Lake house? Not going to use it as much as you thought? Send the leaders out for some much-needed time away.

Avoid Turning Expectations Back the Other Way

It’s common to want to have the leaders over for dinner, have them to talk with your group, or somehow make sacrifices for you. While these aren’t bad things, make sure your expectations are set appropriately.


Go B.A.C.K. through simple things:


Busyness

Make sure that when you have a project, the appropriate number of people are needed and attend. No one likes being one of the extra seven people with nothing to do because you only needed five out of your 12 person group.

Actually Help

Make sure that when you have a project, the appropriate number of people are needed and attend. No one likes being one of the extra seven people with nothing to do because you only needed five out of your 12 person group.

Connect OR Complete

Your project or trip should either connect with the people (whether it’s your adoptee or those to whom they strive to minister) so that your group says, “Wow, I want to go back and help those people.” OR your project/trip should complete something (or at least a clear portion of a bigger picture) so that your group says, “Wow, we can actually do this!” Help stir up the under-standing that your group’s presence is needed and valuable.

Kids

Don’t forget that they are a part of your group (unless, of course, your group doesn’t have any). Let them help you prep for the project your group is taking on at Grace or your urban ministry partner, or give them a task in preparing the care packages for your missionary, or make sure they have some good projects during group time that will teach them about why your group is serving the way they are. These are great opportunities to “raise” your kids!