There is so much to celebrate about the work of church planting: leaders applying their God-given gifts, new people encountering the good news, local volunteers and staff being developed, and — of course! — new believers following Jesus. Church planting frequently brings about another wonderful occurrence: new churches that invest in new
This post is part of the "Next Chapter [https://updates.orchard.group/tag/next-chapter/]" series, where we share about the “Next Chapters” in the story that God is writing through new churches. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Right now in Manhattan [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/manhattan-project/], Russel and Katie Rader are working and praying
The church has always been characterized as a people who gather, united by their shared love for Jesus. This continues to be true even as a pandemic has caused this "gathering" to take on many different forms throughout the world. Even with present limitations, churches are still finding safe and
At its core, the church has always been characterized as a people who gather, united by their shared love for Jesus. This continues to be true even as a pandemic has caused this "gathering" to take on many different forms throughout the world. We love seeing the creative ways churches
This article is contributed by the staff of The Gathering Harlem [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/the-gathering], which launched in 2017, led by Kenny and Shanika Hart. Header photo courtesy of Anthony Geathers [https://www.instagram.com/anthonybgeathers/]. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The vision that God gave The Gathering Harlem (TGH) for 2020 was
We plant churches because we want people everywhere to know Jesus [https://orchardgroup.org]. In 2019, Renaissance Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renaissance-church/] expressed this core motivation as it reached many more people with the good news about Jesus. Their two worship services reached an average of 500-600 people each
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
I don’t think it’s presumptive to say we all like the feeling of being helpful and feeling as though we make a difference in other people’s lives. We like the idea of someone standing on an award stage and declaring that they couldn’t have done it without us.
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.
It's just the beginning for The Gathering [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/the-gathering] in Harlem. Their launch Sunday was filled with energy and excitement, with over 260 people in attendance. Lead pastor Kenneth Hart preached powerfully from Luke 5 on being a "church for the unchurched." Jesus was proclaimed and at
“Walking into a church again was uncomfortable.” Meet Jema from Renaissance Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renaissance-church] in NYC. Jema appeared to have it all: great friends and family, a good job in a world-class city. She did everything she could to feel complete and happy, yet something was missing.
For the past ten days, the live feed of April, a pregnant giraffe, has captured the attention of 40 million people around the world. 40 million! Perhaps you’ve seen the news pop up on TV or in your Facebook feed. Funny enough, not much has happened (no sign of
“When I first started volunteering, I thought it was for Renaissance. Then I realized it was helping me.” Meet Moses from Renaissance Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renaissance-church]. Moses was born and raised in Harlem. A few years ago, church and God weren’t a priority for him. Through friends,
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
The Redwood groves in California are one of nature’s wonders. These trees can grow to 275 feet high and 25 feet in diameter – large enough to drive a car through! Some of these trees are over a thousand years old, withstanding floods, fires, and strong winds. With the tops
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story! Ps 107:2 Kenneth and Shanika Hart share how God has led them to start a new church in Central Harlem. From the simple prayer, “Jesus, if you’re real, change my life,” God has transformed Kenneth and given him a
If you visit New York City and have a day to spare, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views of Manhattan and Brooklyn are spectacular. The bridge is an engineering marvel. When it was built, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Several controversies surrounded the
Kenneth Hart is a Harlem native. Raised in New York City, Kenny grew up believing he would one day escape and move on to greener pastures. He was a talented athlete, and baseball provided that opportunity. Upon graduation from high school, Kenny exchanged the streets of the city for the
One of the most exciting times in a family’s life is the birth of a baby. New parents (and grandparents!) post photos to share in their joy. Starting a new church is often compared to a birth. Furious work happens behind the scenes for months. Then everyone gets together
Fall is one of the best times of year! Cooling temperatures and changing leaves are nice, but we have other reasons for looking forward to September and October. Many of our churches are planted in the Fall. In the last month, Renewal Church and Renaissance Church started meeting weekly in
On September 21, over 200 people gathered to worship and learn about Renaissance Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/renaissance/]! Lead pastor Jordan Rice made a clear call to the gospel being central to the church's identity, and how they minister and serve in their community.
From lawyer to minster Hear the story of Jordan Rice, lead planter of Renaissance Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/harlem-project/], and the people who are helping to get this church started in the fall! Please pray for Renaissance, Harlem and the leaders of this new church. video credit to
Jordan leads the Harlem Project, with a plan to launch in 2014. Jordan Rice will lead a new church plant in the diverse neighborhood of Harlem in 2014. Once famous as a vibrant African American community, Harlem is now a mosaic of ethnicities and cultures. This diversity is part of