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
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Food? Family? Football? The Oakland Project [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/oakland-project/] did all that and more, as they organized a Thanksgiving Giveaway to help provide basic Thanksgiving items for over 120 families in their community. This team is in the process of preparing
In a bustling city of over 20 million, City Church exists to "Love Jesus, Love People, and Love Lagos." Lagos is one of the largest and fastest-growing cities [https://updates.orchard.group/church-in-the-worlds-fastest-growing-city/] in the world, and we count it a privilege to partner with Femi and Tosin
On September 13, City Church Over-the-Rhine [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/cincinnati-project/] launched their preview services in Cincinnati! These services are designed to provide an opportunity for people to explore what their church is all about. Over 80 people turned out for their first preview service! We continue to be encouraged
Trace Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/trace-church/] in Colorado Springs recently had the joy of celebrating 18 baptisms. Join us in rejoicing with them, and in celebrating the new life that these brothers and sisters have found in Jesus!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
What a great weekend at New City Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/new-city-church/] in Phoenix, AZ. 14 people were baptized yesterday!
Planting churches is exciting work. Seeing those churches grow into thriving, fruitful communities is rewarding beyond measure! A recent visit to Redemption Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/redemption-church] in the heart of San Francisco revealed a community of people committed to God, each other, and living out the gospel in
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:
A beautiful start for Epiphany Church in Brooklyn! A crowd gathered before the service, visiting and enjoying goodies made by bakers in the church. Once the service began, people trickled in until the place was packed. Gabe Katz welcomed everyone to launch Sunday. Dr. Eric Mason prayed for the new
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
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.
You may have heard some of the startling statistics concerning cities: * For the first time in history more than half the world’s population lives in cities. * By 2050 more than 70% will live in cities. * Nearly half of American millennials want to live in New York City. What does
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.