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 thing: new churches investing to help start
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
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
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
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
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
This post is part of the "Next Chapter" series, where we share about the “Next Chapters” in the story that God is writing through new churches. Istanbul, Turkey is a city of 15 million people, yet it only has about 30 thousand Christians, making it one of 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
From raising additional benevolence funds, to creating new approaches for worship services, to fostering new ways for intentional connection, to proactively supporting local community, to practicing lament together... it's been beautiful seeing the church being the church in this unique season. Here are a handful of examples of
In New York City, young professionals face pressure to find their identity in their work, in their abilities, in their educational status, and in their relationships. Russel Rader, lead planter of the Manhattan Project shares, “Many people in the city are lonely, overworked, and lacking community. Katie and I believe
Orchard Group will back church planters Lou and Allie Pizzichillo, who will lead the Long Island Project in 2020. Lou said, “We believe that when people see God for who He truly is, they’ll find God irresistible. We want the people of Long Island to understand God as a
One of the pictures Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of God was of a mustard seed. The Bible often uses gardening or farming illustrations to reveal the nature of the gospel, showing how God is at work in the world. God can bring life even in the most barren
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
From Brent Storms, President/CEO I’m delighted to announce that Orchard Group will be adding a new staff member to our team. Jordan Rice has agreed to become our Regional Director for New York City. We couldn’t be happier to have his help as we plant more churches
A little behind-the-scenes of Orchard Group from Brent and Rhesa Storms. We're grateful for church planting partners like Southeast Christian Church [https://www.southeastchristian.org/], who has been a strong partner of several new churches, including Renaissance Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renaissance-church] and Epiphany Brooklyn [https://orchardgroup.
Over a period of years, Jordan Rice became increasingly convicted about the need for spiritual growth and change in Harlem. He left behind his law career to study theology and entered a training program for church planting. A year and a half ago, he led the launch of Renaissance Church
What does a youth group in the city look like? Matt Mueller, youth pastor at Everyday Christian Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/everyday-christian-church/] in New York City shares: We are dedicated to serving and reaching the young people of our area, students in middle and high school. We have
Matt & Kala Mueller find the nations of the world in their NYC youth group > "Who are Adam and Eve?" A young man at Everyday Christian Church [http://everydaycc.com/] in New York City asked this question to Matt and Kala Mueller, leaders of the youth group.