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In part 2 of our first house conference, I interview Tyler Johnson about the difficult process of their first adoption. It’s an amazing story. If you are growing weary of waiting that comes with adoption, you’ll want to watch this interview.

If you are interested in hosting a house conference in your city, let us know through our contact page.

Our house conference initiative is an effort to bring teaching on God’s story of adoption and its implications for the global orphan crisis to living rooms in select cities across the United States. Obviously, not everyone can fly across the country to attend a T4A conference. So, in part, our house conference initiative aims to “bring a T4A conference to a living room near you . . . for free.”

House Conference Format: 20-20-20

- 20 minutes of teaching: The Story Behind the Story of Adoption – Sparking the Conversation
- 20 minutes of discussion: In-House Interviews – Continuing the Conversation
- 20 minutes of questions: Q & A  – Expanding the Conversation

Our hope is to use house conference to spark continuing conversations about orphan care that move Christians/churches toward greater collaboration and implementation. Why will these conferences be hosted in homes? Because the orphan crisis is something that Christians should grapple with in their living rooms. It should be that personal to us.

House Conference Video (Part 1)

by Dan Cruver Published Apr 1, 2011

Our first house conference was hosted in Chandler, Arizona by Tyler Johnson and very hospitable members of Redemption Church. Here is part 1 of the 3-part evening. In it, I explain my adoption and Trinity diagram.

If you are interested in hosting a house conference in your city, let us know through our contact page.

Our house conference initiative is an effort to bring teaching on God’s story of adoption and its implications for the global orphan crisis to living rooms in select cities across the United States. Obviously, not everyone can fly across the country to attend a T4A conference. So, in part, our house conference initiative aims to “bring a T4A conference to a living room near you . . . for free.”

House Conference Format: 20-20-20

- 20 minutes of teaching: The Story Behind the Story of Adoption – Sparking the Conversation
- 20 minutes of discussion: In-House Interviews – Continuing the Conversation
- 20 minutes of questions: Q & A  – Expanding the Conversation

Our hope is to use house conference to spark continuing conversations about orphan care that move Christians/churches toward greater collaboration and implementation. Why will these conferences be hosted in homes? Because the orphan crisis is something that Christians should grapple with in their living rooms. It should be that personal to us.

Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 31, 2011

Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life by Jimmy Davis ships tomorrow (April 1). No fooling. If you were to buy just one book in the month of April, Jimmy Davis’ new book should be it. If you buy (and read it), you’ll want to read it again in both May and June. It’s that good. Plus, he writes about our adoption in Christ quite a lot. Here’s the endorsement I wrote for Cruciform Press’ latest book:

“The cross-shaped life is a life that’s larger than life, far wider, deeper, and higher than we can possibly imagine. If the gospel has become at all routine to you or you simply wish to be freshly amazed at the transformative grace of God to you in Christ Jesus, read Jimmy Davis’ book Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life. In it, Jimmy provides stunning, gospel-saturated vistas of what a cross-shaped life looks like in real life. If you are like me, you will want to read it more than once. It’s that spiritually helpful.”

You may order it here.

Why Theology Matters for Orphans

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 29, 2011

Jedd Medefind writes:

If our theology envisions an absent or indifferent God, then we have no reason to be anything but absent or indifferent when it comes to children that don’t share our genetic material. But if we truly grasp that every soul bears the image of God, everything changes. If God pursued and adopted us at infinite cost to himself when we were orphans of sin, then we can do the same…with joy at getting to mirror the heart of our Father.

Read Jedd’s entire post. He highlights the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ webinar that T4A is doing tomorrow (there’s still time to register).

T4A House Conference II (Phoenix)

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 28, 2011

If you live in the Phoenix area, you may now register for our March 24th house conference. It’s free! Sign up soon. Only 5 more seats are available.

Together for Adoption’s house conference initiative aims to “bring a T4A conference to a living room near you . . . for free.” Our second house conference is 7:00 PM PST, tonight (Monday), March 28th, in Phoenix, Arizona. We can only accommodate 5 more outside guests for this second house conference. Seats will be reserved for the next 5 who sign up online. Directions to the conference location will be emailed to those who sign up.

Here’s a little information about our house conferences:

Objective: Deliver the theology of adoption (and its implications for orphan care) through face-to-face connections (“theology in your living room”).

Format for tonight’s House Conference: 20-20-20

  • 20 minutes of teaching: The Story Behind the Story of Adoption – Sparking the Conversation
  • 20 minutes of discussion: In-House Interview (with Vermon and Dennae Pierre) – Continuing the Conversation
  • 20 minutes of questions – Expanding the Conversation

Our hope is to use house conference to spark continuing conversations about orphan care that move Christians/churches toward greater collaboration and implementation. Why are these conferences hosted in homes? Because the orphan crisis is something that Christians should grapple with in their living rooms. It should be that personal to us.

Tonight’s House Conference will be video captured and uploaded to our Vimeo channel later this week. Stay tuned.

House Conference #1 is a Wrap!

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 25, 2011

I’m sitting here at a Starbucks in Scottsdale, Arizona, reflecting upon last night’s house conference, our first one. Our primary reason for holding these mini-conferences in homes is because the orphan crisis is something that we as Christians should grapple with in our living rooms. The plight of orphans around the world should be just that personal to us.

What I especially enjoyed about our first one-hour mini-conference is the diversity of people who attended. We had singles, couples (some of whom had already adopted and others that were just beginning to explore the possibility) and others who just wanted to dive deeper into the theology of adoption. The ethnic diversity of all those present was a special highlight for me, too. As far as I’m concerned, it was a wonderful evening.

I spent the first 20 minutes (yes, only 20 minutes!) talking about the Story behind the story of adoption that Galatians 4:4-6 presents. After our 30,000 feet look at the theology of adoption, I conducted two 15-20 minute interviews. The first was with Tyler Johnson about his family’s wonderful adoption story and the second was with Craig Juntunen, President and Founder of Both Ends Burning, about their innovative campaign to reform international adoption. Not only are both interviews well worth watching but they (as well as my 20 minute talk on adoption) will be available on our Vimeo channel next week. Once they are uploaded and ready to go, I’ll announce it on the blog.

So, house conference #1 is a wrap and house conference #2, Lord willing, will happen this coming Monday night, once again in beautiful Phoenix. I’m eager to see what God chooses to do through this simple grassroots initiative.

T4A Down Under!

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 21, 2011

I was recently asked why Together for Adoption was heading to Australia this coming fall to hold a November 18-19 conference. My short answer is that Scripture’s teaching on God’s work of adoption (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 9:4; Galatians 4:4-6; Romans 8:15 and 23) sends out lines of implications that penetrate the boundaries of every continent and country on the globe. As a matter of fact, vertical adoption (i.e., God’s breaking into human history to accomplish his mission of adoption; see Galatians 4:4-6) is bigger than the universe itself. It begins with the Communion of Love that the Triune God has forever enjoyed in His own being and climaxes with God renewing the heavens and the earth (Romans 8:20-23) where the Father’s multi-ethnic children will forever participate in the Trinity’s love. The good news of our adoption is that through Jesus Christ the Triune God has enlarged the eternal circle of communion to include us, those who entered this world without hope and home (Ephesians 2:12-13), and will one day renew the earth, making it our eternal home.

That good news has profound implications for how we as Christians care for our society’s most needy, whether they live inside or outside the womb. Together for Adoption has the wonderful privilege of partnering with The Babes Project to explore Scripture’s teaching on our adoption by God and its implications for caring for the fatherless and at-risk children in whichever continent or country they are found. We believe that exploring a subject like this with other Christians is worth traveling across the globe for. This not only accounts for why Together for Adoption is going to Australia but also why we are excited to do so.

Follow the @t4aAustralia twitter account to track what’s going on with T4A Down Under.

On a side note, we have been very encouraged by the number of our friends in the U.S. who have mentioned that they are seriously considering joining us in Australia. Let’s see if we can fill a plane!

Register for Our First House Conference Now

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 18, 2011

If you live in the Phoenix area, you may now register for our March 24th house conference. It’s free! Sign up soon. There are less than 15 more seats available.

House conference details here.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, our first two house conferences will not be video live-streamed. They will be video-captured and uploaded to our Vimeo channel, though. We will let you know when our first two house conference videos are available.

If you wish to get a better understanding of the complexity of the global orphan crisis and learn from churches and Christian organizations that are working toward viable solutions, the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ monthly webinar series is an invaluable resource. Each month the Alliance brings in national experts to address various aspects of a holistic approach to Christian orphan care. Previous webinar topics include: “How to Help Without Hurting,” “The Safe Famillies Model,” “The Post-Placement Journey,” “Partnering with the Local Church to Care for Orphans in Haiti,” “Starting and Growing a Church-Based Orphan Ministry,” and “Help Wanted: Protecting Orphans from Human Trafficking.” If you have missed any of these excellent webinars, the Alliance has made all of them available on its webinar page.

On Wednesday, March 30th, at 2:00 PM EST, Daniel Bennett (author of A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centered Ministry to Orphans) and I will lead a webinar entitled “Rediscovering a Theology of Adoption and Orphan Care.” Here’s our webinar’s description:

There are two movements within evangelicalism that are not only experiencing significant growth, but are also wonderfully merging together: the orphan care movement and the reemergence of a deep interest in the theology of adoption. This webinar will explore both how Scripture’s teaching on adoption can inform, shape, and empower evangelicalism’s orphan care movement and how it already is. Join us as we rediscover a theology of adoption and orphan care for the sake of orphans all around the world.

Let me invite you to join us as we consider this important subject. Visit the Alliance’s webinar page to register. It’s free.

Announcing T4A House Conferences

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 16, 2011

We are excited to announce that we are launching a new initiative at the end of this month: House Conferences. Our house conference initiative is an effort to bring teaching on God’s story of adoption and its implications for the global orphan crisis to living rooms in select cities across the United States. Obviously, not everyone can fly across the country to attend a T4A conference. So, in part, our house conference initiative aims to “bring a T4A conference to a living room near you . . . for free.” (there will be no charge to attend these events!). We have already scheduled house conferences to be held in Phoenix (March 24 and 28), Houston, NW Arkansas, and yes, Greenville, SC (more cities will be added soon). Here’s a little information about our house conferences:

Objective: Deliver the theology of adoption (and its implications for orphan care) through face-to-face connections (“theology in your living room”). Note: each House Conference will be video live-streamed. Stay tuned for details.

Format: 20-20-20

- 20 minutes of teaching: The Story Behind the Story of Adoption – Sparking the Conversation
- 20 minutes of discussion: In-House Interviews – Continuing the Conversation
- 20 minutes of questions: Online Questions (via twitter, email, Facebook) – Expanding the Conversation

Our hope is to use house conference to spark continuing conversations about orphan care that move Christians/churches toward greater collaboration and implementation. Why will these conferences be hosted in homes? Because the orphan crisis is something that Christians should grapple with in their living rooms. It should be that personal to us.

We will be providing more information about house conferences the beginning of next week. Also, our first two house conferences this coming March 24th and 28th in Phoenix will be a great introduction to the March 30th webinar that I will be doing for the Christian Alliance for Orphans (the webinar will be a more in-depth look at what I will discuss in Phoenix). You can sign up for the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ webinar here.

Stay tuned for house conference details!

Once again, Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAO) is providing a number of wonderful opportunities for us to be better equipped to care for orphans. In addition to Summit VII (May 12-13), CAO is also offering several Pre-Summit Events on Wednesday, May 11th; and with Summit VII just around the corner, let me encourage you to check out these opportunities sooner rather than later.

Pre-Summit Events:

REFRESHMENT AND RENEWAL FOR ADOPTIVE MOMS

Open to all Summit attendees – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Price: $20.00 (Soup and Salad dinner included)

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

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For those women who feel they need a retreat for rest and restoration to complement the conference, this half-day pre-Summit retreat is for you. During our adoption journeys, we are often bombarded with statistics, overwhelmed with hoops to jump through and deadlines to meet.  It also often seems there are few people around who truly understand the roller coaster we climbed into beforehand, never realizing it would not stop.  Before, during and after our adoption we often realize that what we most need is a retreat:  but not just any retreat…a retreat with other women who have been there, who can understood and encourage us in the journey ahead that fulfills God’s dreams!  We invite you to join us for a time of refuge! A time of rest! A time ofrestoration!  We will reflect on living at the well, finding strength in the Lord as a busy mother, and walking in the Lord’s presence.  We will leave renewed, entering Summit with a fresh energy for the call of God on our lives. Come enjoy refreshment in the Lord’s presence, encouragment from women who have been walking this adoption road in the Lord for 15+ years, and fellowship with other mothers who will understand your heart at the level of your deepest joys and tears.  We invite you, come to the well of living water;  you’ll be glad you did.

ADOPTING FOR LIFE PASTORS’ AND LEADERS’ DINNER

Hosted by Southern Seminary

Open to all Pastors and Ministry Leaders – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Price: $20.00

Where: Southern Seminary

Join us for the inaugural Adopting for Life Pastors’ and Leaders’ dinner, to take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in conjunction with the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VII annual conference. The Adopting for Life Pastors’ and Leaders’ Dinner, to be held on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., will provide an opportunity for Christians—and especially ministers and their wives—to think theologically about adoption and orphan care, as well as adoption’s practical implications in the lives of believers. The evening will include a catered dinner, teaching and a panel discussion on your questions. We hope to see you there!


LIVE IN THE STORY: REDISCOVERING ADOPTION FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

In Partnership with Together for Adoption

Open to all Summit attendees – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Price: $15.00 (includes copy of Reclaiming Adoption)

Speakers: Dan Cruver, Together for Adoption; Jason Kovacs, ABBA Fund

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

Join us as we go deeper into God’s story of adoption. God’s work of adoption is a story that encompasses all of human history, from its pre-temporal beginnings when God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to the eventual renewal of the heavens and the earth. From the Apostle Paul’s perspective, adoption is the story that makes sense of the universe, that gives our lives and the existence of all creation ultimate meaning. This half-day pre-Summit event will provide in-depth training in the theology of adoption and its implications for daily Christian living and the care of orphans. Please join us as we consider how to live bolder, more intentional lives for the glory of God and for the sake of orphans through the rediscovery, the daily fresh discovery, of God’s extravagant love for us.

ALLIANCE MEMBER LEADERSHIP FORUMS 

Open to Leadership of Alliance Member Organizations – To attend these forums, email your RSVP toElizabeth Wiebe with your name, title, and organization.

Time:  Wednesday, May 11th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Price:  FREE to Member Summit attendees

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

Leaders of Alliance member organizations (Director level and higher) are invited to join their fellow executives to engage together key challenges in their field.  This invitation-only forum will allow frank discussion of complex and controversial matters—enabling leaders to learn from, challenge and encourage each other.Discussion topics available soon!


PROJECT 1.27 START-UP SEMINAR

Open to all Summit attendees – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time:  Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Price:  $20.00

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

Project 1.27 has received national attention for helping foster children find adoptive homes in Colorado. This successful ministry model has been presented in several states and at the White House. This seminar is for people and organizations around the country ready to start a similar effort in their area. Learn the basic tools, philosophies and systems required to jump-start a dramatic increase in foster care adoptions in your state! Meet with your peers from around the country with the same goals and share ideas! The presentation will be led by Chris and Sarah Padbury, the original Co-Developers of the Project 1.27 Model. The Padburys are currently writing a book on the national adoption movement.  Learn more at the Project 1:27 website.  For more information please email Chris Padbury.

T4A Phoenix Conference Update

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 11, 2011

Together for Adoption Conference 2011 will be held October 21-22 in beautiful Phoenix at Redemption Church. Join 1,200+ people as we explore the theme Missional Living, the Gospel and Orphan Care.

General session speakers include: Darrin Patrick, Tullian Tchividjian, Tim Chester (coming from England), Bryan Loritts, Juan Sanchez, and Jeff Vanderstelt.

Worship Leaders: Shaun Groves, Aaron Ivey, and Jimmy McNeal

General Session Hosts: Shaun Groves and Johnny Carr (National Director of Church Partnerships at Bethany Christian Services)

Current list of our Featured Bloggers: MegMiller, Lindsey Nobles, Reformissionary (Steve McCoy), JoeThorn.net, Julie Gumm, Brent ThomasZach Nielsen, Missional Thoughts (Josh Reich), and Michael Robinson. More will be added.

There will be 50+ breakouts to equip you and provide you with opportunities to meet others who share your same passion for orphaned and vulnerable children. Over 40 organizations involved in orphan care, adoption, and foster care will also be there to serve you as you seek to live out James 1:27.

We are also planning a few exciting pre-conference events. Mark your calendars!

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