A move to a new city, grief over a miscarriage, and struggles with infertility and adoption left Xochitl feeling isolated and alone. Frustrated dreams brought her to a dark place for months, where she felt discouraged and alone. She struggled to get outside. Xochitl decided that it would be good
Throughout the year, we've listened to and shared stories of individuals from our church plants. Each person has a unique path to come back to God or a new openness to following Jesus. From heartbreak to infertility, from discovering that success is illusory or needing a community where diversity is
“Chicago is such a diverse city, but we went to so many churches where it was all white or all black. We loved seeing the mix of people at Renewal.” Two years ago, Lauren and Robby were dating and searching for a church where they both felt welcomed. Lauren heard
From Brent Storms, President and CEO As we find ourselves between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m feeling both a deep sense of gratitude and a great anticipation of what is to come. I’m grateful for the ways God has allowed our ministry to reach tens of thousands of people
Josephine grew up in a Christian home. As she attended college, she increasingly felt the tension of living between eastern and western cultures. She saw her peers leaving the church and began to view the church as unenlightened and oppressive. So Josephine threw herself into the world of startups. They
People in cities like New York, San Francisco, Miami, Cape Town, and Osaka are finding and growing closer to God through churches started by Orchard Group. As city populations surge, let’s make sure that churches are growing where people are going! #PeopleMatterToGod [https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/peoplemattertogod/
“When I moved to California, I wanted to find a church. So I did what any millennial would do. I googled ‘church’.” Meet Dylan from Redemption Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/san-francisco-project/] in San Francisco. Dylan lived in various West Coast cities and in Japan. Church involvement was always
"My name is Maricella. I believe that Jesus is the Christ and he has saved my life." Hear Maricella tell her story of faith, forgiveness, and the power of perfect love. Maricella was baptized at Mission Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/mission-christian-church/] in Ventura, CA.
Will was connected to Renewal Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/renewal/] before it even started. He had played football in college with Derrick Puckett, the lead planter. Will and his wife had been looking for a place for their family to attend. When Derrick articulated his vision for Renewal,
“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.
"When I first came to this country from St. Kitts, I didn’t have any family here – it was just me and my husband. Four months after I had my daughter, I started to feel such loneliness because I had no one to talk to. So I started looking for
“I was treating church like spiritual TED talks.” Meet Kevin from Collective Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/collective-church] in Los Angeles. Kevin was raised in a Christian home but admits it meant little to him growing up. In college, his faith became a bigger part of his life and he
“Mission Church is God handing me a cup of coffee every week.” ☕️ Meet Tony from Mission Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/mission-church] in Ventura, CA. Tony joined Mission because he saw God doing something special through the church. Mission is known throughout their city as a place of grace, hospitality,
“Chicago is an extremely diverse city, but it’s a very segregated space.” Meet Emiola from Renewal Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renewal-church] in Chicago. Emiola was born in Chicago and grew up in London and Nigeria. When she returned to Chicago for college, she was surprised and dismayed at
"I was having a difficult time last summer. One morning, I woke up and told myself I could not do this alone anymore." Meet Olga from Miami Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/miami-church]. Olga moved to Miami for work and school. While she had attended church as a child, she
“My struggles with alcoholism took me to places where I never thought I’d be. Mission stood by me and said, ‘We love you anyway.’” Meet Melinda from Mission Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/mission-christian-church/]. Melinda came to Mission on Easter Sunday of 2016 when a friend invited her.
“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,
“If I joined this church, these people would really know me.” Meet Katie from Collective Church in Los Angeles. Katie was following Jesus and very active in a campus ministry in college, but was not connected to a church. She started to wonder if something was missing. She met Casey
Meet Courtney, from Mosaic Christian Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/mosaic-christian-church/] in Baltimore (right, with Louis and Yolandi Scheepers, lead planters of Pro Deo Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/capetown/] in Cape Town, South Africa). After college, Courtney found herself in a toxic relationship and drowning in credit
Mike and Jodi Hickerson at Mission Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/donate/mission/] in Ventura, California have been amazed at how people's lives are changing as a result of hearing the gospel.