AN ANALYSIS OF ADOPTION MINISTRY PROGRAMS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS IN KOREAN CHURCHES
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The purpose of this thesis was to suggest exemplary factors of adoption ministry programs to successfully support adoptive parents who have experienced difficulties in their adoptive family life by examining adoptive parents' practical needs and practical consideration of adoption ministry programs in adoption ministry churches. Chapter 1 presents the research concerns, introduces the context of the research problem, and explains key words related to the research. Chapter 2 consists of literature reviews related to adoption and adoption ministry. This chapter provides biblical, theological, and practical perspectives on adoption and adoption ministry as well as examines the present circumstance of adoption ministry in Korean churches. Chapter 3 explains the methodological design of the study. This chapter contains an overview of the research design, and an explanation of the research sample, the research instrumentation, and the procedures of the research. Chapter 4 analyzes the data collected from the study through a general demographic questionnaire and an open-ended essay questionnaire. The study surveyed and interviewed two sample groups. According to the comparison of responses between adoptive parents and adoption ministers, in general, I found that most adoptive parents understood the biblical, theological, and practical meaning of adoption and that adoption ministry positively influenced the church. Adoptive parents and adoption ministers must play a key role in creating an adoption culture in the church, but the leader of adoption ministry should be the senior pastor. Chapter 5 discusses the research implications and how those implications apply to the adoption ministry in Korean churches. The study aimed to effectively support adoptive parents through adoption ministry programs. The results offer several exemplary factors of adoption ministry programs such as education, counseling, adoptive family meeting, and financial support.