WHAT IS A REGISTRY OF ADOPTION?
Since 1989, churches from all over
the world have been registering their adoptions of unreached people
groups with Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse. Our adoption registry
tells us who you are as a church, what people group you have adopted,
when you adopted, what plans you have within that people group,
etc. It also then allows us to have the potential to network you
with other churches who have also adopted the same people group.
Although churches originally
may have picked one aspect of adoption (such as prayer, short-term
trips to the people group, research, giving finances, or participating
in church planting activities) and called just that aspect an
"adoption," Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse now is raising
the bar and encouraging churches to embrace ALL the different
stages of adoption (See Adoption
Stages) and not just pick and choose like one would do at
a buffet. As a baby is adopted and his new parents long to see
him through all the stages of childhood, teenage years, college,
and beyond until his or her marriage (and even enjoying the grandparent
stage! ), true adoption of unreached people groups is a life-long
commitment from a church until a church planting movement has
begun from within that people group.