Nearly 70 percent of needs entered by Agencies into CarePortal are met by Churches. That’s great! But what about the other 30 percent? Those are real kids. Real families. We want to always push toward 100 percent, as if a child’s life depends upon it. What would that take?
A community consists of individuals, businesses, and other groups who are often willing to help resource the meeting of needs. Each of these partners is given the chance to say “yes” to resourcing a need, but to remain consistent with our priority of having the Church always at the point of care in meeting a need, we must have a church identified that is ready to partner with these community responders. We call these churches Connecting Churches, and with them, the platform is able to automatically escalate unmet needs to everyone in the Active Community who has signed up to help.
When a Community Partner says “Yes” to resourcing a need, the CarePortal platform automatically alerts Connecting Churches near the family, giving them a chance to commit and connect with that partner. The Connecting Church is given the chance to steward these community resources to take the relational lead in meeting the needs of the family through the requesting agency.
When the Community Partner offers a tangible item to help meet the request, such as a bed, the Connecting Church can arrange for the pick-up and use it to go meet and make a connection with the family. If the community partner offers the funding needed to cover a request, maybe to pay a bill or buy an item that is needed, the same connections are made, and the money is released to a reloadable CarePortal Debit Card issued to the Connecting Church.
Why Do it This Way?
CarePortal is 100 percent committed to helping the Local Church be at the point of care for vulnerable children and families. That’s our Assignment. As a connecting church, you have the amazing opportunity to make meaningful connections with Community partners who are giving, and with the children and families you are serving. Doesn’t get much better than that!
What Activity Level is Expected?
The targeted activity level is 1-2 needs per week, if/as needs are funded or provided by community responders. The goal is to have many Connecting Churches serving with excellence with a relational and localized focus.
The 30-minute podcast episode above is an interview with Terry and Erika Glenn of World Harvest Ministries in Kansas City, Missouri.
The conversation specifically focuses on their own experiences as a Connecting Church and recommendations for other leaders
in their first 90 days as a Connecting Church.
How Far Do Connecting Churches Cover?
Each Connecting Church is able to designate in their Church Settings the maximum distance they're willing to travel to serve a family that has a Community Partner offering to help (Connecting Church Radius). This allows the church to be a Connecting Church in a way that aligns with their own ministry's vision and capacity.
Why a CarePortal Card?
Having a reloadable debit card helps money flow as easily as possible, allowing Connecting Churches to focus on relationships. When a Community Partner donates to our CarePortal Fund to cover a particular need, the Connecting Church that commits to meeting that need will see the funds seamlessly loaded to their CarePortal Card. We handle the donation, processing fees and tax donation letters to keep things simple for both the Connecting Church and anyone who offers to help.
Click here to learn more about CarePortal Cards and how they work.
Ready to Become a Connecting Church?
Login to CarePortal and change the Connecting Church setting to “Yes”. You’ll be prompted to assign a Connecting Church Leader to lead this ministry effort and be connected to your local network leader to discuss and review some additional training material.
Once you're an approved Connecting Church, your church's Primary Point Person can request CarePortal Cards for each leader with the role of Connecting Church Leader, as needed. The CarePortal team will review your request and after approval, your CarePortal card will be sent in the mail and your point person will begin seeing emails from responders in the community who want to partner with your church to meet needs. Check out this article if you need to go deeper into how to become a Connecting Church.