Take Our Church Assessment Tool
The questions below are to be completed by pastors or lay leaders of any church interested in creating, improving, and/or increasing its care for vulnerable children and families. This assessment will help the team at Harvest Family Life know your church better and how we might be able to serve you best. Upon submission, the team at Harvest Family Life will contact you for evaluation. 

Regarding KEY LEADERSHIP

Does your teaching pastor regularly preach and provide visible leadership around this biblical mandate to care for the most vulnerable in our communities?
Does your pastor/church staff have both passion and compassion for ministry to vulnerable children and families?
Does your church have a dedicated missions minister or missions lay committee?
Have your pastors transferred their passion and compassion in this area to at least one lay leader?
Does your church have an orphan care ministry? If so, is it primarily international, national, or local?
Is pastoral staff supported by other churches or ministry organizations to better equip them for ministry to vulnerable children and families?
Does your church include local community engagement in its missions/evangelism strategy?
Does your church dedicate resources (sermons, activities, funding) to Orphan/Stand Sunday or Foster Care Awareness month?
Does your church utilize the CarePortal technology?
Does your church have a benevolence fund/budget for families in need?
Does your church have a benevolence fund for non church members in need?

Regarding FOSTER & ADOPTION

Are there any approved (foster or adoptive) parents in your congregation?
Have any of your members been cared for is foster care or adopted?
Does your church provide wrap-around family support for those taking foster child placements or adopting?
Is any any financial support available through your church for those fostering children or seeking to adopt?
Are there any approved (foster or adoptive) parents in your congregation?
Is your church involved in local foster care & adoption, international orphan care, or special orphan care events?
Is any training currently available at your church for families interested in engaging in foster or adoption?
Does your church host foster/adoptive parents respite events (i.e., “parent’s day or night out”)?
Does your church currently observe Stand Sunday/Orphan Sunday?
Have any of your pastors or staff attended family court sessions in your local community?

Regarding ORPHAN PREVENTION & FAMILY PRESERVATION

Have the ministry leaders in your church participated in poverty awareness training or simulations?
Does your church have youth mentoring programs in place?
Is your church closely involved with the local schools in your church's neighborhood?
What percentage of your congregation receives or would qualify for federal food or housing subsidies?
Does your church have any after school or tutoring programs or partner with other ministries or community programs who do?
Is your church within a 10 mile radius of a food desert?
What percentage of the children in your local school qualify to receive free or reduced lunch?
Does your church partner with other churches in your community to care for vulnerable children and families?

Thanks for submitting!