A HOLISTIC MINISTRY
In 2012, a number of churches in the valley began to unite around the issue of foster care and adoption. The amount of children coming into care alarmed many pastors and three specifically (City of Grace,Terry Crist, Mission Community Church, Mark Connelly and Redemption Church, Tyler Johnson) who combined funds and visions to birth Arizona 1.27. A lead team was quickly assembled under these pastors and they began working with government and licensing agencies, as well as other local and national organizations to align a faith based process for church families.
By January 2013, another cohort of significant churches had officially committed to partnership and have been catalytic leaders in the movement of foster care and adoption in Arizona. Since that time many churches have become owners in the Arizona 1.27 movement across the state. Together they have brought roughly 2,400+ people to an Arizona 1.27 Orientation, put nearly 500 through a day long intensive faith training (that prepares and ties together families and the biblical call to this ministry) and have seen hundreds become new foster and adoptive families.
ANOTHER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION RECENTLY SAID THIS ABOUT ARIZONA 1.27,
“Since AZ 1.27 started…the amount of adoptions that happen in each reporting period (every 6 months) has increased by a total of 527 adoptions. At the inception of AZ 1.27, the state was at an all time low and steady decline of adoptions. The many pastors and churches who have come together to lead the charge has had a dramatic impact on our state”
Each partner churches owns the ministry of foster care and adoption at their church and Arizona 1.27 is committed to empowering the local church in that effort.
Dr. Terry Crist
Director Maricopa County Region
Director Northern Arizona Region
Coordinator Northern Arizona Region