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Field dispatches, prayer updates, and church planting resources from Orchard Group

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Accelerate Church Launch Sunday!

We celebrate with Accelerate Church in Camden County, NJ! Launch Sunday highlights:


Video: Meet Charlie and Leslie Welke of the Fairfield County Project

Charlie shares, We are the Welkes, and when we found Fairfield County, Connecticut, we found a place that fused the city with the coast, and we began asking whether or not this place needed a new church. New England has a rich spiritual heritage: it’s the birthplace of America’


The Latest: An Exciting Season for New Churches

‌ 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)


The Latest — A Growing Team

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.


The Latest: Peace and Prosperity in Planting

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


Announcing a New Partnership for New England

Dear partners in ministry, I am excited to announce a new partnership that I believe will strengthen and accelerate the church planting efforts in New England for many years to come. Orchard Group will be contributing our leadership, staff, and expertise to Restoration House Ministries, a New England church planting


Video: Introducing Ernest and Sarah Grant

Ernest and Sarah Grant share their vision and excitement for the upcoming launch of Accelerate Church in Camden County, NJ. You can help plant a new church in Camden County.Partner with Ernest and Sarah to establish Accelerate Church.


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


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


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


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