Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance

About MTOA

What is MTOA?

The Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance (MTOA) is a community of people, linked through adoption, foster care, and international orphan care, and bonded together by our vision that together we can make a difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. With over 147 million orphans in the world, we are an alliance of Christian churches and community partners whose passionate mission is to face squarely their plight and make adoption, foster care, and international orphan care more accessible and normative in our society.  From our own backyards to the ends of the earth we strive to encourage, educate, connect and support any organization or individual who seeks to provide vulnerable children with love, care, aid, homes, clothes, food, shelter, and education.

How we Began

The Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance began in 2005 as a group of local churches meeting to help each other launch local adoption, foster care and orphan care ministries.  Each church embraced the idea that true, pure faith and orphan care were irrevocably connected and that the church should be a vigorous leader, and a generous community partner, in addressing the plight of vulnerable children.  The Bible clearly calls the Church to care for orphans and we believe that the local church is specifically designed to be God’s hands and feet in their own neighborhoods, counties and cities – and throughout the world.  The church has, not only the message of spiritual redemption, it has the responsibility of expressing this redemption in the lives of whom Jesus would call “the least of these.”

From this group sprang associations with other churches, individuals, community partners, agencies, and advocates who wanted to share in this partnership. 

What is the Common Vision?

Our common vision is that no one group or organization can do it all.  Our vision consists of an amalgamation of child welfare advocates who, at some level, are willing to leave their logos and egos at the door, and join forces to expand the idea that every child on the planet needs a family.

Who can participate?

We welcome all Christian churches, adoption agencies, orphan ministries and individuals in the Middle Tennessee area to join us in working for the cause of orphans, abandoned children and at-risk children everywhere. 

What we believe … Statement of Faith


  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.