The Christian Alliance for Orphans will be launching a new monthly webinar series for local church orphan ministry leaders and advocates. The series is designed to help individuals create and grow effective adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry in local churches.

Each 60-minute webinar will give local advocates access to the knowledge and experience of top Alliance member churches and organizations nationwide, covering key topics on adoption, foster care and/or global orphan care. Every webinar will be hosted by a local church orphan ministry and co-presented by one or more national experts on the subject matter. This pairing will deliver a combination of specialist information and resources alongside a “here’s how it works in a real church” perspective.

The monthly webinars are offered free of charge to church orphan ministries nationwide. For Summer 2010, the schedule includes the sessions listed below.

How to Help without Hurting (Register Now)
As church groups nationwide head out on summer missions trips, learn key principles and practices to ensure that the long-term results are for good. Show an orphan the tangible love of Christ, building on principles that are practical, field-tested and useful for your next mission trip.
Host Church: Saddleback Church
Date: June 30 Time: 2 PM Eastern

The Safe Families Model
Understand the model being replicated in 7 states that essentially replaces the government foster system with the open hearts and homes of local Christians and their church community.
Date: July 28 Time: 2 PM Eastern

The Post-Placement Journey
Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe present on equipping foster and adoption ministries to serve families through the joys and challenges of loving children from difficult places for the long-haul.
Date: August 25 Time: 2 PM Eastern

Church to Church Partnerships to Care for Orphans in Haiti
Practical advice, principles and practices for how your church can wisely partner with indigenous churches to care for orphans in Haiti and beyond.
Date: September 29 Time: 2 PM Eastern

(check the Christian Alliance for Orphans website for registration information on the July-Sept webinars)

Here’s the link to a recent article by Alliance President Jedd Medefind, Crossing the Sahara.