Post Survey Summary
Participation in our national survey on foster care was successful. A large takeaway from the executive summary report validated our belief that we should strategically deliver and support foster care empowerment across the Assemblies of God.
Your interest in foster care is admirable and respected. Please pray as we prayerfully discern and assess our Fellowship’s commitment to hurting children and their families.
Commissioned by the Assemblies of God Family Services Agency, the online survey was conducted in partnership with FaithBridge Foster Care and powered by Qualtrics. A total 1,597 AG pastors and adherents, representing 939 unique AG churches, or 7.5 percent of all AG churches, responded to the survey.
Overall, the survey results indicate a willingness to embrace foster care as a ministry priority at the local level, a moderate level of prior involvement in this area of ministry and a missional call to build relationships with parents whose children are in foster care.
In our analysis, we were encouraged to find:
- 47 percent of senior pastors indicated that they would be willing to prioritize foster ministry in the top three ministries within their church at this time.
- AG churches in 26 states reported programs that help place foster children with families in AG congregations—and there are other known programs that were not reported through our survey.
- 20 percent of respondents are currently fostering or have foster previously fostered.
Beyond their direct foster care experience, adherents indicated their willingness to assist with a foster care ministry through their local AG church. Respondents felt they would be very interested in assisting with a foster care ministry in the following areas:
- Support a foster care ministry by donating items (52 percent)
- Build mentoring relationships with birth parents (40 percent)
- Volunteer time (31 percent)
“Together, these findings encourage us to continue with the development of a national strategy for foster care and family restoration,” says Doug Clay, AGFSA board chairman and AG General Treasurer. In the coming months, we will continue to partner with FaithBridge to adapt their proprietary model which links local churches with foster children in their communities, mobilizes Christian families as foster parents and support team volunteers. The aim is a church-centric, child welfare delivery system to serve foster children and restore families in obedience to the Great Commission, to preach the Gospel and to make disciples.
Together, we will be working to mobilize and equip AG churches to serve the nation’s foster children and to restore our communities’ broken and hurting families. We look forward to sharing more with you in the future.
AG Family Services Agency, Executive Director
Click here to access an Executive Summary of the Full Report