What does Orchard Group do best? How does it serve the mission of church partners and vision of church planters?
New churches have been planted with Orchard Group for more than 70 years, and over the decades we've zeroed in on four core areas of practice. While some church planting organizations may share one or two of these characteristics to some degree, we are not aware of any church planting organization that practices all of these values as we do.
Every member of Orchard Group’s executive team has a graduate degree in theology and ministry. Together, we have decades of church planting experience in cities across the country and around the world. Our team members joyfully serve lead planters and church partners behind the scenes so that people are reached with the gospel and Jesus is glorified.
To this end, Orchard Group is strategically organized around the following four distinctives:
Born in the City.
We work to steward our learning and resources in places marked by population density, ethnic diversity, economic disparity, and spiritual difficulty.
We only work with church planters who have the character, gifting, training, and experience to start dynamic churches in challenging places.
We share the fundraising responsibility with the lead planter, actively and assertively helping to gather resources until a new church is fully funded.
For the Long Haul.
We don’t want to merely launch new churches; we want to establish new churches. Our work is not done until the new church is self-supporting, governing, and replicating.