FaithBridge Foster Care introduces Decatur Churches United for Foster Care, a partnership with two Decatur churches

Alpharetta, GA (October 27, 2009) - FaithBridge Foster Care today announced a new partnership with two Decatur churches, First Baptist Church of Decatur and All Souls Fellowship Church. With this relationship, FaithBridge is introducing a new model for churches that want to start a foster care ministry but are not large enough individually to provide the capacity and resources. Known as the Decatur Churches United for Foster Care, the Decatur Orientation session takes place on Monday, November 9th at First Baptist and IMPACT Training will be held December 4-6 at All Souls.  

"We are so excited about partnering with First Baptist Church of Decatur and All Souls Fellowship," said Terence Chatmon, FaithBridge Foster Care's Chief Church Relations Officer. "We've had many smaller churches express interest in becoming involved that we knew we had to create a way to accommodate them. The multi-church alliance allows us to do this."

When Chatmon first spoke with Pastor Shayne Wheeler, he knew they were the ideal churches to establish this type of relationship. "They showed tremendous commitment to the community of Decatur, as well as a strong desire to work side-by-side in this ministry," said Chatmon. "I expect they will become the model for how we work with smaller churches in the future." 

"We had no idea there was a foster care crisis in our own community," said Pastor Wheeler. "Although we desire to make a difference we are not equipped to launch a foster care ministry without the system to succeed. We do not want to just create another foster care model but a community model that will service and support families to care for children and the biological family. Working together, First Baptist of Decatur and All Souls Fellowship Church can serve greater and more effectively than alone."