by Jac La Tour

 “If you can attend only one conference this year, Summit is it.  Join us and others who care deeply about adoption, foster care, local church ministries, and global orphan care to learn…real solutions that reflect the heart of God. It will transform your church, your ministry, your family and your life. If you want to show the world God’s love, begin with orphans.”

—Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

More than 2,000 adoptive and foster parents, pastors, orphan advocates, and other Christian leaders from across America and beyond will gather at Saddleback Church in Southern California May 3–4, 2012 for the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ National Summit.

Now in its eighth year, Summit has become the global hub for what Christianity Today recently labeled “the burgeoning Christian orphan care movement.” Christians are re-earning a reputation as people who “defend the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) through adoption, foster care, and global initiatives. Summit is both a catalyst and measure of this trend, growing from 38 attendees in 2004 to more than 50 times that number expected this year.

Sessions include Pastor Rick Warren (author of The Purpose-Driven Life), Kay Warren (author of Dangerous Surrender), Francis Chan (author of Crazy Love), Ambassador Susan Jacobs, and Grammy-winning musician Steven Curtis Chapman performing the closing-night concert.

More than 80 workshops will offer instruction from top national experts on topics such as:

  • Parenting and attachment issues in difficult adoptions
  • Engaging in local foster care
  • Building effective global church-to-church partnerships.

Summit also features a special students-only conference, a training day for government social workers, extensive resources for adoptive and foster families, more than 75 booths and exhibits, a marketplace of global arts and crafts, and a bookstore—all designed to inspire, connect, and equip families and churches to become communities known for adoption, foster care, and global orphan initiatives.

“At many of the best moments of Christian history, churches have been especially known for the ‘pure and faultless religion’ that seeks out and cares for the orphan in distress,” said Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. “It’s thrilling to see Christians rising to this call once again. We join together at Summit to learn how to do so wisely and well, and in a way that reveals God’s heart to a watching world.”

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You can learn more about the Alliance here.

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