Justice + the Gospel = CAFO

CAFO 2015

Last week, I attended the CAFO 2015 Summit at the invitation of a devoted brother who champions the cause of the fatherless at my church and beyond. I was surprised by his excitement over my attending. I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal until I started to interact with other attenders. At a conference of >2000 attendees, I was definitely in the minority, and I don’t mean just ethnically. Asian-Americans indeed were largely absent, but I was even more surprised, then saddened, that pastors were few and far between. A topic as deeply theological and as clearly practical as orphan care and adoption had relatively little pastoral interest or involvement. I don’t say this to chide anyone, nor do I want to belittle the faithful lay folks who are battling for the cause of the fatherless. While impactful ministry is happening through these folks, churches have been entrusted to church leaders (pastors and otherwise) to prepare God’s people for works of service. How can we prepare the saints for a work we don’t know about? Continue reading