In recent years, an organic movement has begun in pockets of the evangelical community to live out James 1:27. All over America, people and churches are discovering opportunities to care for the fatherless in very creative and practical ways. God is awakening a spirit in the contemporary evangelical church to live out the Gospel through the care of orphans.
Orphanology is a practical response to God’s command to care for the fatherless told through the stories of families and ministries who are responding. Orphanology extends the call to minister to the nearly 150 million orphans in the world with real-world ideas and illustrations for engaging in orphan ministry. Containing concrete ideas for how Christians, their churches, and groups of churches can respond tangibly to God’s call to care for the fatherless, Orphanology demonstrates how adoption, foster care, and other forms of orphan ministry are accessible to every believer and every church and introduces innovative approaches to orphan ministry including orphan hosting.
You will be empowered and find direction for approaching the task of ministering to the fatherless at home and around the world.
Item #: N114137
Category: Christian Living
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 6 x 9 Inches
Page Count: 192
Pack Qty: 36
Orphanology presents a gospel-centered theological and practical approach to an often-neglected sphere of ministry. Morton and Merida call Christians to reflect God’s image as redeemer, defender, provider, and father, and take up the cause for those who have no voice. It is engaging, thorough, accessible, and a convicting joy to read.
– Ed Stetzer, coauthor of Transformational Church
Orphanology challenges believers to be instrumental in rescuing the weak and fatherless, thus fulfilling the Great Commission! As an adoptive father and pastor, I believe this book has the potential to transform the body of Christ’s approach to orphan care and ministry.
– Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board
Orphanology is an excellent resource for the adoption and orphan care movement. As you read the personal stories recorded in these pages, you’ll be moved to tears . . . and then to action.
– Trevin Wax, author of Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals
Simple, straightforward, convincing, and convicting. I am thrilled at the renewed interest in orphan care and adoption that is sweeping through the evangelical church. This book reflects this movement, and will stoke the fires of it too! We bless You, Lord, for moving so powerfully among your adopted sons and daughters.
– Daniel Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Authors
Pastor, professor, and father of five, Tony Merida has quickly become a leading voice in the growing movement for adoption and orphan care. Merida’s itinerant ministry includes preaching at various youth, college, and church events, such as Centrifuge, Student Life, Lifeway’s National Collegiate Week, Defend the Faith Apologetics Conference at NOBTS, chapels at various institutions, and others. He also teaches overseas at various seminaries such as Kiev Theological Seminary, Ukraine. Tony and his wife, Kimberly, have five children—Angela, Jana, Victoria, James, and Joshua. Tony serves as professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and lead pastor at Imago Dei Church, a church plant starting in September 2011.
Rick Morton is a husband, father, pastor, professor and speaker. Rick and his wife Denise have 3 children who all came home through international adoption, and God’s heart for the fatherless has characterized much of their ministry lives over the past several years. They were part of founding the Promise 139 Orphan Hosting Program in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As a frequent speaker and conference leader, Rick speaks across the country on a variety of topics including orphan ministry, discipleship, small group ministry, and student ministry. Currently, Rick serves as the associate pastor for discipleship and equipping at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee. After more than a decade as a college and seminary professor, he continues to teach in a variety of contexts including as a visiting professor at Kyiv Theological Seminary in Kyiv, Ukraine.