Four Signs That a Fostered Church May Want to Be Adopted

Episode #166
October 8, 2020
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The idea of church fostering and adoption is taking off and helping many churches become healthy.  When a church decides to foster another church there may be signals the fostered church desires to move to adoption. Thom and Kevin Ezell discuss four signs a fostered church may want to be adopted. 

  1. They start asking if your church can help longer.
  2. They start talking about merging resources like custodial and cleaning.
  3. They begin developing strong relationships with members from the fostering church.
  4. They begin using verbiage as if the two churches were already merged.


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