Recently, a young couple I know chose to be foster parents to an infant and a couple of toddlers. They knew heartbreaking ordeal it would be after attaching and bonding to these beautiful children, they chose to release them back to moms and dads. All children need parents, and if they don’t have their own, foster parents are heroes that fill this need. I assert that this is the same with Church Planters who need Foster Parent Churches.
We have seen Church Planters start and survive on their own, but it is so much more healthy when they covering of a Parent Church. Like a child, a Planter can benefit from systems, structure, resources, love and relationships already in place by a biological or foster parent. God gives us parents so we can learn from their mistakes!
Our district needs more Foster Parent Churches to adopt current and future Church Planters. Heroes like Mark Slomka and Larry White who are committed to leading Foster Parent Churches to planters without a cover. Mark is Foster Parent to three couples who have planted. Another hero is Scott Shiroma who has raised three pastors in his church hoping pass leadership to them. Each of the three went on to pastor other active churches that needed a lead pastor. Mark and Scott and their churches feel the heartbreak (and walletbreak), but they still choose to do it for the sake of the Kingdom.
There are more of you heroes out there. If you would like to be a Foster Parent Church or have pastors ready to care for other churches please email me at Kpimental@Foursquare.org or call 808 561-5967, or if you are really burdened, come visit me in Hawaii! Kiha Pimental