Missions is a huge part of our heart at Stonegate. As a Southern Baptist Church, Stonegate contributes to the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program. We also feel that God has called us to help a specific missions emphasis both locally and internationally. We specifically target Church Planting and Orphan Care both locally and internationally. As with most things of God, we are discovering new layers of this call all the time. Currently, it looks like this:
God's Heart for Orphans
We believe orphan care is central to the heart of God.
This picture was our situation before our salvation. We were an orphan, totally helpless and apart from God’s intervention, we were hopeless. But Jesus stepped in, lived a perfect life, was crucified in our place and rose from the grave conquering sin,
As we grow in our awareness and understanding of the Gospel, it compels us toward the fatherless, imitating the heart of God. This is one of the reasons James says that true religion runs after widows and orphans (James 1:27). There is also a missional component to adoption or foster care. Physical adoption is often the precursor to spiritual adoption. When gospel-soaked parents adopt/foster children, God often uses them to save. Our desire at Stonegate is to care for the orphan and the vulnerable. We know this: all believers are called to play a role in orphan care. Some will foster, some will
Adoption and Foster Care
Our Orphan Care Team helps families who are considering adoption or foster care.
This team serves our church by walking beside families in three ways.
First, they assess families desiring to adopt and/or foster to confirm the calling and to make sure families have everything they need to keep their families healthy. The decision to foster or adopt is weighty and we want our Stonegate body to surround, encourage, sacrifice and pray together with these families.
Second, they assess families for funding by determining financial needs and how as a church family we can help.
Third, they help with ongoing support. We do this because 1 in 10 adopted children are given back, fifty percent of foster families quit after the first year, and another
As we look down the road ten years, we are praying for 100 Stonegate families to adopt and
Come and join the care for the orphan! For more information, email the Orphan Care team. If you are interested in beginning a partnership with our orphan care team, please fill out the Orphan Care online questionnaire here.