Since 1948, Orchard Group has carried a high value for helping to start new churches in the places that most need them, and what began in the New York City metro has branched into other areas as well. One of those areas is New England, the region that currently has
Last month, Oasis City Church (formerly the Boise Project) held their first public Sunday gathering! Over eight hundred people showed up and took a next step in growing in faith and in connection with the church. Thank you for all the ways in which you've partnered and prayed with us
From Brent Storms • President, Orchard Group You’re invited to celebrate with us! This year marks the 75th anniversary of Orchard Group’s church planting ministry. The history linked below will walk you through many highlights of what God has accomplished over the past 75 years, and point you to
This month we hosted an annual gathering for church planting couples. Together these leaders were able to learn, pray, share with one another, and take some time for rest. This year Rick & Jamie Atchley spoke, and they were able to share so much wisdom all about their decades of ministry
By Tanner Green, Orchard Group's New England Regional Director Empathetic Power Christmas is as needed as ever in 2022. While we've moved beyond of some of the difficulties of the pandemic, this year has not been immune to darkness: loss, regret, grief, and exhaustion persist. Darkness must be named to
We are excited to share the Portland Project with you! Jesse and Rebekah are passionate about communicating in ways that resonate with friends and neighbors who are new to the gospel. The Huffington Post has called Portland “the most irreligious city in America” — the kind of statistic that only emboldens
This Sunday, both The House and SoFlo Church will be having their first Sunday services! Launch Sunday is a milestone that we love to highlight and celebrate. Thank you for the ways in which you've partnered and prayed with us and these churches. We are so excited for these communities!
We are excited to share the Ojai Valley Project with you! Kyle & Joy Costello love to see God do new things. In early 2021, they began to see that God was calling them to step out and plant a new church. The more they prayed, the more obvious it became
This July, we celebrate with Fairfield County's City Coast Church as they have been beginning monthly gatherings leading up to launch. They've met in town, at an elementary school, and on the beach! It's been an incredible success. Leslie Welke observes: It has been fun to start City Coast Church
This month, we are thrilled to celebrate with Accelerate Church where 31 people baptised into new faith in Jesus! It's incredible to see all that God is already accomplishing in this community that's less than a year old. Visit Accelerate's Instagram for even more photos! See what some new churches
We are excited share the Tampa Project with you! Isaac and Vanessa Petit Frére are passionate about places where people are skeptical or even hostile toward Jesus and his church. Their enthusiasm is infectious: “If only we could show them something they haven't seen before, something different. If only we
West Palm Beach Fun! This season has been a blast. The West Palm Beach Project [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/west-palm] (now officially named SoFlo Church, after its location in South Florida), hosted an event that drew over a thousand people to get to know their community, enjoy some Easter fun,
Spring is right around the corner, and we already have beautiful things to celebrate. History Makers Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/greater-miami] had their official launch last month! More than 350 people were present as the new church shared in song, teaching, and fellowship. We are thrilled to witness the
Happy New Year! We hope that you've had a great 2022 so far. As you know, we love to celebrate the ways that God works through new churches in their communities and beyond. One of our favorite things a new church that goes on to help plant more churches. Mosaic
Christmas is right around the corner, so first, the Orchard Group team [orchardgroup.org/about] wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas! There have been so many things to celebrate [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/tag/newsletter/] in new churches this season. Now, we begin to look forward to the
This Fall has been one of the most fruitful seasons ever for our church planting team. As we've shared in the last couple of updates [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/the-latest-more-new-churches/], new churches [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/the-latest-exciting-season/] have launched Sunday services in cities across the country. The latest church to
As we shared in the last update, this Fall is a season for many churches to begin regular Sunday services. Over the past few weeks, Accelerate Church (Camden) [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/camden], Beacon Church (New Hampshire) [https://twitter.com/OrchardGroup/status/1441398480732184576], Hope Church (Baltimore) [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/
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)
We are excited to announce the addition of two new staff members to Orchard Group! Tanner Green will begin serving in September as Regional Director for New England. Tanner has been serving as the Founding and Lead Pastor for SouthPointe Christian Church near Providence, RI for the past nine years.
At the heart of church planting is a commitment to "Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you... Pray to the Lord for it..." (Jeremiah 29:7) We believe that God has called us to be at work in the world, helping to draw people
New Life As churches shifted to online last year, our team wondered if there would be a burst of new baptisms as physical gatherings relaunched. Now, as churches across the country and world are regathering, it sure looks to be the case. In Chicago, Miami, New York, San Luis Obispo,
We couldn't be more thrilled to announce our commitment to back Ernest & Sarah Grant to establish a new church for Camden County, NJ [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/camden/]! Introducing the Camden County Project Ernest & Sarah Grant and familyThe Grant's church planting journey started with a series of questions: "What if
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
Header photo: Preview service at History Makers Church (Greater Miami) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- God continues to move in and through new churches that you are helping to establish! This month, we want to highlight some of the ways church planting leaders have been at work in Greater Miami and in Oakland: Greater
It's hard to imagine a more unprecedented year than 2020. Yet, God's work through new churches remained constant. In 2020, thousands of people heard the good news about Jesus for the first time, hundreds came to new faith and were baptized, and local communities were creatively served — all through churches
Dear Friends and Partners, How many things in your life were disrupted in 2020? Maybe you had to stop going into the office for work. Maybe you lost your job. If you have kids in school, your routines were certainly interrupted. Maybe political strife unsettled your city or your relationships.
This season reminds us of "good news of great joy" that came for all people (Luke 2:10). Together with you, we plant churches so that more people everywhere might hear the good news that a Savior has come for them. It's for this very reason that we're thrilled to
You play a vital role in good news being shared in places where Jesus isn't yet widely known. This is why we're so eager to share with you about our newest church plant project! Introducing the Baltimore Project Joshua & Ericka and familyOver the past two years, Joshua and Ericka Symonette
This past month has marked the celebration of new beginnings at many Orchard Group churches, as well significant milestones at others. Join us in celebrating with these churches and in praising God for his good work! Celebrating New Beginnings On September 13, City Church Over-the-Rhine [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/cincinnati-project/
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
Even as much in the world shifts around us, the church's core mission to make disciples remains constant. The same central aim endures: to share the good news about Jesus with as many as possible through the establishment of new church communities. Church planter Russel Rader in Manhattan recently expressed
As the summer warms up, so do the efforts of church planters as they prepare for the fall season. Church planting always requires creativity – even more so in a time with the added complexities of physical distancing, volatile economy, and global protests. Right now, leaders in Greater Miami [https://orchardgroup.
As we near the halfway point of 2020, we can look back on what has already been a historically challenging year. It makes us all the more grateful for you who pray and give for the establishment of new churches, and for the leaders that are serving communities around the
Over the past six weeks, it's been beautiful to see Orchard Group church plants "be the church" during this unique season. There's been much to celebrate [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/the-church-in-action/] as we see churches creating new approaches for worship services, finding new ways to stay connected, and proactively supporting
Dear Friends and Partners, Thank you so much for prayerfully investing in new churches, especially during this challenging season. Your prayers are making an even bigger impact than you realize. Your support is helping new churches in some of the cities most rapidly impacted by the coronavirus - New York
Orchard Group focuses on planting churches where they're most needed, and we're passionate about establishing churches that help start other churches. Therefore, it's with great excitement that we share our commitment to back Gabe & Kari Garcia as they establish a new church in Oakland, California! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Introducing the Oakland Project
Each January, Orchard Group hosts a retreat in Miami for lead planters. This retreat is born out of our commitment to support leaders well through the many challenges of church planting. Our prayer is that this time together spurs these leaders on to serve well in their various ministry contexts.
We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season, and that 2020 is off to a great start. We're eagerly anticipating all God will do in 2020, both through existing church plants, and through the launch of new churches: Long Island [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/long-island-project], Manhattan [https://orchardgroup.org/