Clergy In Court for Kids

Our Mission

As a community of Christian believers, we THE CHURCH, seek to effectively intervene in the lives of children and families in order to stop abuse and neglect with the purpose of maintaining the structure of the biological family, when possible, and eradicating the need for a state-run foster care system.

The Impact Roles of CICFK

The Pastoral Ambassador Role

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God… (2 Cor. 5:20)

Someone once said, “Welfare is not a program of the Church. It is the Church.” It is the application of the teachings and principles of the gospel. Our purpose here on the earth is to be reconciled back to the image of our Father. We are in a reconciliation cycle that will continue until we meet the Lord. Now, God has given to us the ministry (message) of reconciliation. We are to become ambassadors of
reconciliation spirit, soul, and body.

The Pastoral Ambassador
Being a Pastoral Ambassador means helping inspire others to have the same grace-laced love for the spiritual and physical orphaned as God has for us. A Pastoral Ambassador is a pastor who will lead and seed their ministry knowledge of orphan care to other pastors and churches in their community and around the world. There’s no better person to represent the orphan than a pastor who has been bit by the orphan bug.


Pastoral Ambassador’s Purpose Statement
The purpose of the ministry of a Pastoral Ambassador is to engage ministry leaders to equip the church by empowering people to end the orphan crisis.

1. By seeking to engage a loving, lasting, legal, lifelong family for every child,
2. By providing tools, and training to the local church to help family preservation, reunification,
kinship care and adoption.
3. By creating practical ways to equip every believer with the knowledge and ability to make a difference for vulnerable children locally and globally.
4. By equipping the church with resources and tools for organizational and programmatic development.

The Bible tells us that we are all called to care for the orphan. The church is the hub of every community and contains within its walls the ability to strengthen families and children. Faith leaders carry significant influence in their communities. They are already Ambassadors according to scripture. By summoning their help, a culture shift of ownership to caring for the most venerable will take place. Establishing Pastoral Ambassadors in every community will increase the depth, width and height of holistic orphan care.

The Pastor Ambassador is a key figure in the sustainability and growth of church based child welfare. Some of the duties of an ambassador are:

1. Peer Influence – Lead the local church in caring for orphans then engage other faith leaders to seed it in their congregations.
2. Orphan Theology – Share the biblical messages and testimonies of faith based child welfare.
3. Community Engagement – Make presentations and distribute literature at community events and
denominational or inner-faith gathering.
4. Develop Ambassadors – Meet monthly to implement strategies for church engagement, family
support, care for hurting children and reuniting families.
5. Ensure Diversity – Engage pastors from culturally diversity communities (i.e. Hispanic, African
American, Indian, etc.)
6. Social Economic Engagement – Develop engagement strategies for under resourced churches and
7. Develop Ambassadors’ Round Tables – Support and enhance the collaborative effectiveness of new, existing and external stakeholder.

The Volunteer Coordinator Role

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God… (2 Cor. 5:20)

The Volunteer Coordinator works hand-in-hand with the Regional Pastoral Ambassador as his/her administrative support, to develop and maintain ministry relationships from area
congregations via monthly meetings, facilitation and building rapport to meet the mission of Clergy Life In Court for Kids Ministry of Harvest Family Ministries. The Volunteer Coordinator is committed to Jesus and wants to see others mobilized to serve His Kingdom. He/she is passionate about the care of the vulnerable and excited to see other people in the church fulfill their calling to engage in caring for orphans.

The Volunteer Coordinator must be proficient with email and internet use. He/she should be
comfortable facilitating meetings and extending invitations for people to become a part of our orphan care community. He/she must be good at staying connecting with people and following up. Lastly, the Volunteer Coordinator should be actively involved in a local church and able to dedicate three to five hours a week to the role.

The Children’s/Family Court Judge Role

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God… (2 Cor. 5:20)

The courts play a central role, making decisions regarding the protection of children who have been maltreated. Understand this process is crucial for clergy and the faith community who seek to be involved in protecting children and supporting families. The Role of the Judge is to host the pastors in the courtroom and as often as possible invite them before the hearings to have a few minutes with you in their chambers. Below are the STEPS the judge must take to develop Clergy in Court in his/her community.

1) Send invitation on your behalf to local pastors and lay leaders
2) Chambers Meet and Greet (Day Of; approx. 15 -20 minutes)
3) Dialog about resources families need with local pastors

Steps to Establish a CICFK Ministry In Your City or County

Click to Download a PDF File with How-To Steps In Order to Start a CICFK Ministry in Your City. We recommend that you contact us for the necessary support to launch the ministry.