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The Latest - New Life, New Churches, New Prayers

New LifeAs 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, Ventura,

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Plan A: Watering and Planting

In a little paragraph in a letter to the church in Corinth, history’s most well-known church planter provides some important insight: What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So

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The Latest: May News

We couldn't be more thrilled to announce our commitment to back Ernest & Sarah Grant to establish a new church for Camden County, NJ! Introducing the Camden County ProjectErnest & Sarah Grant and family The Grant's church planting journey started with a series of questions: "What if God wanted

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Introducing the Camden County Project

"Vision" is a picture of the future in the present. Especially in the early days of a church plant, casting vision as clearly as possible is critical for achieving alignment and unity on a new team. Church planters Ernest and Sarah Grant are casting vision right now for a new

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Video: Introducing Hope Baltimore

Church planters Joshua and Ericka Symonette are preparing for a new church community for the city of Baltimore. Joshua shares, "Charm is not relegated to just certain parts of the city. There is value in the vacant, and emptiness in the exclusive. Both are primed for hope." Watch the video

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Plan A: Churches Planting Churches

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

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City Church OTR Launches!

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 of

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The Latest: April News

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

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Your Church: To The World

Learn more about how you can partner to establish new churches.

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Plan A: Living the Book of Acts

Header photo: Paris, where a new church has been established in recent years in partnership with Orchard Group. One of our favorite church planting passages in the Bible is in Acts 14:21-26: They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned

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The Best Kind of Motivation

Right now, Orchard Group is backing several church planters who have left secure jobs at established churches in order to pursue a vision of planting a new church. Why would someone voluntarily trade security for fragility, or something known for something ambiguous? Church planting often requires these kinds of big

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The Latest: March News

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 MiamiOver