Safe Families for Children
Give Hope to Families in Crisis

What is Safe Families for Children? 

Safe Families for Children is a national faith-based movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. At its core are Christian families who practice Biblical hospitality by opening their homes to vulnerable children and reaching out to the parents of these children who are struggling to escape the effects of poverty and social isolation. 

The Need
The single biggest factor influencing the lives and outcomes of children is their family. Many families in at-risk environments have good intentions but lack the family support needed to assist them in times of crisis. The children in a family traumatized by crisis become especially at risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle alone to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. By law and policy, most state child welfare agencies are allowed to aid only children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect, leaving thousands of children and their families in difficult situations. Without assistance, many of these situations will lead to abuse/neglect episodes  with long-lasting consequences for the child. 

The Safe Families Solution
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a network of host families that extends the community safety net by providing parents in need a loving home where they can safely place their children in time of crisis. Host Families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, trained and serve without compensation. As a result, SFFC is a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system. By temporarily freeing parents from the responsibility of caring for their child, SFFC provides them with time to address personal issues without fear of losing custody. In addition, Host Families and volunteer Family Coaches come alongside the parents, giving them support and mentorship and often becoming and extended family to them after the children return home. 


  • Become a host family
  • Become a family coach
  • Become a family friend
  • Offer professional services
  • Join the prayer team

Ministry Opportunities:

Cares for children in the home while also ministering to the placing parents. Prompted solely by compassion, each host family is screened and approved (background checks, fingerprints, home evaluation, etc.) Safe Families for Children may serve children of all ages, but each individual Host Family determines the profile of the children they are able to host in their home. 

Facilitates the relationship between the placing parents and the host family during a placement. Their two primary areas of ministry are:

  1. Supporting the host family and ensuring the well-being of the children in care
  2. Providing support and mentorship to the placing parents. (Experience in social work is highly valued but not required.)

We believe prayer is crucial to the ministry of Safe Families for Children. You can join this team by receiving monthly updates via email or by being matched with a host family to pray for them throughout a placement. 

Family Friends come alongside the Host Family and/or placing parents to provide encouragement and support during the time of placement which could include:

  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
  • Meal team
  • Support
  • Mentoring
  • Resources: Most children come with very few supplies and possessions. Therefore, the donation of children's items, including diapers, formula, and clothing are very helpful.   

If you are interested in being a part of the Safe Families for Children Ministry or have any questions please contact Jen Bergdall at or call/text (260) 341-3511

Visit the national website: 


Clarissa's Story of Hope

The Marbles

Katie Couric on Safe Families

Katie Couric follow up report on Safe Families

Current Series
250,000 Nights Before Christmas
Sunday mornings - 9:30 & 11:00AM 

Current Series

Current Series





Join us at County Line this Christmas season as we rediscover an ancient prophecy written nearly 700 years before the birth of Christ.

November 29th - Wonderful Counselor
December 6th - Mighty God
December 13th - Everlasting Father
December 20th (Christmas Sunday) 8am | 9:30am | 11:00am - Prince of Peace



Sunday Morning Service Times


  • Worship Service
  • Infants & Toddlers Groups
  • Kids Worship K-5th Grade

11:00 AM

  • Worship Service
  • Infants & Toddlers Groups
  • Kids Worship K-5th Grade
  • Adult Classes
  • High School & Jr. High Class


Kids Programming Schedule

There will be full kids ministries for infants through 5th graders at both 9:30and 11:00 services.  All children should be checked in for their name tags. Kindergarten through 5th grade reports directly to the kids worship center. Infants through preschoolers report to their age group classrooms.

For more information check out our Kids Ministries Tab

Student Ministries Information

Junior High and High School Programming both meet at 11a.m.

For more information check out our Student Ministries Tab

Women's Bible Studies
"Seamless" by Angie Smith   
Starts Sept. 9th!



Joy Goe Group (Wednesday nights - 6:30pm)
Our next study starts September 9th and will end October 28th. Study is on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in Room #302. We will be studying "Seamless"-Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith. Books are $13 each for the study.  


Sign up this month at the Welcome Center or Contact: Joy Goe at (260) 573-9179 or email her at: 

​There's a seamless thread woven through every story in the Bible - a thread that connects its people, places and promises in a whole new way. Ready to replace insecurity that holds you back and move forward with clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture? Join us for SEAMLESS, a 7-session Bible study by Angie Smith! 


Jen Fike Group (Saturday mornings - 8:00am) Email:

Michelle Fahl Group (Tuesday mornings - 9:00am)
Current Study: Beth Moore Study    Email:

Stacy Hoeppner Group (September 11 Start Date - 9:00am)
Current Study: Beth Moore study "Godly People do Ungodly Things"

Small Prayer Group (Wednesday nights 7:00 - 9:00pm), (Starting June 4th -September 3rd)
We will be forming a Wednesday night women’s small prayer group from 7:00 - 9:00pm that will meet at the church. This group will start Wednesday, June 4th and go through September 3rd. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact group leader Brenda Schinnerer at (260) 627-6364 or sign up at the Welcome Center.

Small Groups 
NEW groups forming this fall!
Sign up here to join a group

Small Groups

At County Line Church, we believe it is important to do life together with like-minded believers. There are many ways for this to take place, and one of those is through Small Groups.  

In Acts 2:42, we read how small group meetings operated in the early church. These believers met in homes, discussed the apostle's teachings, ate together, and prayed together. Luke goes on to describe other ways in which the groups lived out the Christian life with one another. We want to help connect you with other like-minded believers. If you are interested in being a part of a small group, please select the link below and follow the instructions.  

If you are interested in more information contact Administrative Assistant, Sheila Stetzel at

Click here to sign up for a small group

Allen County Christmas Bureau
Collection from November 1st - December 2nd

Allen County Christmas Bureau


County Line Family Christmas
Sunday, December 6th | 6:00pm

County Line Family Christmas
Sunday, December 6th | 6:00pm

Invite the grandparents, aunts and uncles for an enjoyable start to the Christmas season. Kids in pre K Purple through 4th Grade will be singing on the auditorium stage. We will enjoy some fun reflections and sing Silent Night together with GLOW STICKS!

Following the program there will be a walk-thru living Nativity with live animals in the courtyard. 

Kids will create their own Christmas booklet. Meet nativity characters as you walk through the courtyard with your family and hear the story of Jesus' birth. 


Celebrate Recovery 
Monday Nights | 7-9pm @ County Line
A Christ-Centered Recovery Program 


The purpose of "Celebrate Recovery" is to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to "be changed". We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God's grace in solving the problems in our lives. 

By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. 


The Celebrate Recovery Program began in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The program is now active in every state and many countries. Saddleback created the workbook materials, and provides support on many levels to churches who offer the program. 









Designed for adults 18 and older to help them deal with drug & alcohol addiction, depression, low self-esteem, anger & frustration, eating disorders, child abuse, divorce, sexual abuse, co-dependency, pornography, grieving, loneliness, abandonment issues, self-harming, dysfunctional families, workaholism, pride, selfishness, and more.   








God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is; Not as I would have it; Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.


-Reinhold Niebuhr

Looking for a place to serve? There may be a place for you on the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team! Some areas of interest include: Greeters, Worship Team, Facility Set up/Tear Down, Small Group Leader, Cafe, and Fundraising. If you have any questions regarding Celebrate Recovery here at County Line, please email team leader, Anna Bell at or Luke Ice  at

Click below to fill out a volunteer form or for a request for further information. 

Celebrate Recovery Registration Form


Break the Grey School Assembly/Outreach
Thursday, November 12th 
DeKalb High School  



Thursday, November 12th | DeKalb High School
School Assembly in the morning and then students come back for an Outreach Event in the evening! 

Break the Grey/Bill Ballenger: motivational speaker & multimedia presentation with college age interns, & singer/songwriter/speaker Billy Ballenger. Known for our ability to connect with students on any level, Break the Grey brings a multi-media presentation, of music, skits, dance & motivational speaking inspiring audiences to reach their greatest potential. Presentations occur in many different venues & contexts. From festivals, TV, assemblies at public schools, resident homes, military schools, colleges, concerts & churches, & more, Break the Grey is defining life for today's youth!




If you are interested in helping make this event awesome! We need volunteers for tear down and setup, mentors for students, help with food, and prayer teams. If you have any questions, please email high school/college pastor, Dane Kruse at

Please don't miss this opportunity!