As the summer season gives way to Fall, many church plants find themselves transitioning out of the pre-launch stage and into the exciting season of launching regular Sunday church services! In fact, the next couple of months are shaping up to be some of our busiest ever: Accelerate Church (Camden)
City Church OTR in Cincinnati officially launched on Easter Sunday! We celebrate with this church as they form a new community in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood. Co-pastors Chris Marlin and Tyler Chernesky share: > The theme of our Easter Celebration was "Not finished yet..." We felt this was reflective of Easter and
It’s hard to think of very many aspects of normal life that haven’t been disrupted in the past year. Yet, one thing has never been disrupted, and never will be: God is still at work in our world!
2020 has been a year like no other. Yet, even in the midst of unusual and unforeseen circumstances, God has been faithful to preserve and advance his church. This week, we have a tangible example of God's faithfulness with the first anniversaries of both Icon Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/
This article is contributed by Dave Smith, who served as the founding pastor at Crossway Christian Church in Nashau, NH – one of Orchard Group's church plants back in the '90s. He now serves as the planter of Crossway's Downtown Campus. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just over 25 years ago, our family arrived in
The 2020 Lead Planters Retreat was a great success! We're grateful for the refreshment the Lord supplied to lead church planters amidst the sunny skies of Miami. We're also thankful for the opportunities for encouragement God provided, including through interactions with fellow leaders. The retreat concluded with a time of
We're rejoicing with Renewal Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renewal-church] (Chicago) and Renaissance Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renaissance-church] (NYC) as they celebrate their five-year anniversaries. Both of these churches are already to the point of being self-sustaining [https://updates.orchard.group/tag/self-sustaining/], one of the most important indicators
Sunday was a day of energy and excitement at Mission City Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/santa-barbara/] in Santa Barbara, CA. Mission City is a church plant that launched in the fall of 2017. "Church planting" is an evocative phrase to describe the start of a new church. It
Spending time with these church planting leaders in Miami is the highlight of the Orchard Group calendar. They serve their people and their communities with tireless effort, humble sacrifice, and a clear call to serve God. Getting away together is a chance to reconnect, relax, and laugh. God is good.
On September 23rd, Mission Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/santa-barbara/] celebrated the grand opening of their new worship space in Ventura, California. The building is located right off of the main highway and is visible to the thousands of people who drive by daily. Mission also marked their 7th
Congratulations to our church family at The Gathering [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/gathering-harlem/] in Harlem, New York City! They celebrated their one year birthday in September. The Gathering has grown in numbers, but the leadership is also excited about the spiritual and emotional growth they've seen in their people.
Mission City Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/santa-barbara/] held their first service on Sunday with two full services. One attendee, a resident of Santa Barbara, said, "I feel like this church was started just for people like me!" Lead planter Jake Barker laid out the vision for the church
Sunday was a great start for Bay City Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/bay-city/] in San Francisco! Bay City meets in the Bayview neighborhood, one of the last remaining working-class neighborhoods in the city. As the San Francisco area continues to grow, Bay City has the opportunity to introduce
BAY CITY CHURCH [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/bay-city/] in San Francisco is launching with their first worship service on Sunday, September 9th. Eddie Williams is leading this team with the goal of making a big kingdom impact in the very neighborhood where he grew up. They have been hosting
New season. New church. New you. Those words marked an amazing launch for Delaware Christian Church (DCC) in the heart of the city of Wilmington. People gathered at a public school auditorium in the midst of the city’s well-known Trolley Square neighborhood on a brilliant spring morning. Lead Planter
It's so exciting when a church gets to sign for a new facility to worship! Collective Church has met in several venues on the west side of Los Angeles over the last three years. Recently, they had the opportunity to move into a space that is conveniently located, with children's
Church planting is a glorious (and sometimes exhausting) calling. Once a year, we gather many of our lead planting couples for a retreat in Miami. It is a time to reconnect with each other, share what's working, and discuss the issues that challenge us. It is a great joy to
At the launch of a new church, it's easy to wonder, "Will anybody show up?" Starting a new project is always a risk. Even after overcoming the initial challenges of gathering a core group of people who attend and give financially, new challenges present themselves. Epiphany Brooklyn [http://www.orchardgroup.
23,552 That's the number of people who attended on Easter Sunday at a church started in the last twenty years with the help of Orchard Group. Among that number are individual stories of people who have heard the good news of Jesus for the first time, people who have
From Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment Even though I am only 34 years old, I recently experienced the joy of becoming a grandparent. Before you start doing math on the ages of my wife and daughter, know that I am talking about being a “church planting grandparent,” not a physical
Pro Deo Church celebrated a successful launch in Cape Town, South Africa last month! Partners from Mosaic Christian Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/mosaic-christian-church/] and Renaissance Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/renaissance/] were on hand to volunteer and take photos:
For sixty years, Orchard Group helped start new churches exclusively in the northeastern United States. Six years ago, we helped start a new church in Salt Lake City, UT. Since then, six more churches have been started out west. Those churches reach thousands every Sunday and many have come to
What if Christians were known for throwing great parties- no strings attached? That has become the DNA of Mission Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/mission-christian-church/]. They have gained a reputation for loving people with openness and grace. Each summer, they host several Free Friday Flicks in a local park
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African Proverb Our church planter's retreat is a time to encourage and support each other. Starting a church is work that requires courage, creativity, and consecration of life before God. What a joy
“Take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus must have known that his disciples needed to hear those words. Surely they remembered them often to find assurance and hope. Jesus’s statement is still powerful today. Facing a broken world, we can possess the same hope and peace. Jesus has
Miami Church in Florida celebrated launch Sunday [http://www.orchardgroup.org/blog-post/miami-launch/]! Renaissance Church in NYC and Renewal Church in Chicago each celebrated 1 year. Autumn is an exciting time as we celebrate the launch of new churches and birthdays of established churches.
Every year, we get together with our East Coast teams to worship, encourage each other, and to "spur one another on to good deeds." We love these people! Each one is the face of someone who loves Jesus and loves the people in their city.
Four more baptisms at Elevate Christian Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/elevate-church/] in Limerick! ECC is rejoicing to see people putting their trust in Jesus. Mustard Seed Christian Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/479/]in Osaka recently moved to new space, which has been a blessing. Their attendance
What a great start for Restoration Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/philadelphia-project/] in Philadelphia! Before the service, opening prayers were offered with leaders Rob Tomko, Watson Jones, Dr. Eric Mason & AJ Smith Lead planter Watson Jones, III speaking Over 150 worshipped together! Orchard Group's Greg Hubbard serves on the
> Church planting is hard. Connecting with smart, encouraging people who are in the trenches with you makes it a lot easier. –Bert Crabbe, lead pastor of True North Community Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/true-north-community-church/] and coach to Orchard Group church planters Last night, we were led in worship
Last week, Orchard Group churches: * Celebrated baptisms * Dedicated families * Served cities What a pleasure to see the work these churches are doing in living out the gospel throughout the world!
Five years ago Orchard Group’s vision expanded from the northeast to include specific urban areas in the west. It started as a vision. Now it is reality! God has opened one door after another for new faith communities. Last month leaders from our Orchard Group West churches got together
What does it feel like when the big party is over? After the cleanup of the streamers and the leftover food, when the wedding guests have returned home or the graduating senior has left for college, and the laughter of friends no longer echoes through the halls. Do you have
[video width="500" height="282" mp4="http://www.orchardgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/12-Month-Video-.mp4"][/video] The moment (at :10 in the video) where the woman on the street exclaims, "Church?! Now THAT'S a sore subject." describes the feelings of many in Ireland. So we are appreciative of the
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. How you seen pictures of New York City in December? The whole city is lit and decked out in party clothes. Store fronts, displays and faces beam with celebration. The songs of the season use the words “Rejoice”, “Joy” and “Hark”, words