More than 30 years ago, Tim Keller started Redeemer Church in Manhattan, and he recently retired with decades of ministry experience in New York City. Tim is credited with advising a young church planter following in his footsteps:
"We are exposed to so much brokenness in the city; we must constantly expose our hearts and minds to beauty."
Last year, Orchard Group helped to start churches in New York, Camden, Baltimore, Miami, Oakland, and more. These cities are often thought of for their indicators of brokenness: drug addiction, ineffective politics, economic disparity, racial inequality, domestic abuse, and violent crime.
We’ve all experienced a lot of brokenness this past year, no matter where we live: political turmoil and social unrest, tornadoes and wildfires, a broken supply chain that means increased costs and wait times for goods. Yet, there are so many beautiful things to marvel about. Jesus is advancing His church. He is drawing people to Himself, restoring lives, saving marriages, and making people whole.
For this reason, I am thrilled to share Orchard Group's latest annual report. As you browse the stories and pictures on these pages, I hope you’ll thank God with us for His amazing work through these new churches. They are bringing His beauty into our world. And know that we are also thanking God for you, as none of this would be possible without your prayers and support!
Backing church planters with you,
Brent Storms, President/CEO