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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-Rhineneighborhood. Co-pastors Chris Marlin and Tyler Chernesky share: > The theme of our Easter Celebration was “Not finished yet...” We felt this was…
Partners
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
The Latest: April News
There is so much to celebrate about the work of church planting: leadersapplying their God-given gifts, new people encountering the good news, localvolunteers and staff being developed, and — of course! — new believers followingJesus. Church planting frequently brings about another wonderful occ…
Multiply Your Mission.
Baltimore Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
Fairfield County Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
Plan A: Living the Book of Acts
Header photo: Paris [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/eglise-saint-lazare],where a new church has been established in recent years in partnership withOrchard Group. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of our favorite church planting passages in…
The Best Kind of Motivation
Right now, Orchard Group is backing several church planters who have left securejobs at established churches in order to pursue a vision of planting a newchurch. Why would someone voluntarily trade security for fragility, or somethingknown for something ambigious? Church planting often requires t…
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 toestablish! This month, we want to highlight some of the ways church pla…
Partners
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
Orchard Group Report 2020-2021
It’s hard to think of very many aspects of normal life that haven’t been disrupted, at least partially or temporarily, in the past year. Yet, one thing has never been disrupted, and never will be: God is still at work in our world!
“God has shown us once again just how good he is”
By Luke Greer, Director of Partnership Receiving truly good news is a delight — all the more so in the middle of aprolonged tumultuous season. As our team here at Orchard Group began preparinglast year to publish our annual report [/orchard-group-report-2020-21/], I was abit apprehensive as to w…
Greater Miami Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
Projects
Give to and explore the latest Orchard Group church plants that are making a meaningful and lasting difference in their communities.
The Latest: February News
It’s hard to imagine a more unprecedented year than 2020. Yet, God’s workthrough new churches remained constant. In 2020, thousands of people heard thegood news about Jesus for the first time, hundreds came to new faith and werebaptized, and local communities were creatively served — all through …
Celebrating One Year at Community Church
This article is contributed by Lou Pizzichillo, lead planter of Community Church[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/long-island-project] on Long Island. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul wrote these words…
Shame, the Image of God, and Finding Freedom to Love
Pastor Scott Sauls tells us that there is a remedy for the inward battle of shame that everyone is inevitably fighting.
Begin as a Child | GCD
Maybe the control we remember having pre-pandemic wasn’t as certain as we thought. Maybe God wants more dependence in us than independence.
January News from Orchard Group - A Letter from Brent
Dear Friends and Partners, How many things in your life were disrupted in 2020? Maybe you had to stop going into the office for work. Maybe you lost your job.If you have kids in school, your routines were certainly interrupted. Maybepolitical strife unsettled your city or your relationships. You…
2020 Christmas: Not Foreign to the Christian Story
In many ways, much of what we have experienced in 2020 is not unlike thehistorical backdrop that Jesus was born into. In Jesus’ day there wereentrenched interest groups, social unrest, competing ideologies, mutual distrustacross ethnic lines, and profoundly different political visions. And in the…
The Latest: December News
This season reminds us of “good news of great joy” that came for all people(Luke 2:10). Together with you, we plant churches so that more people everywheremight hear the good news that a Savior has come for them. It’s for this very reason that we’re thrilled to share with you about a newchurch t…
The Next Chapter: Collective & Icon
This post is part of the “Next Chapter [/tag/next-chapter]” series, where weshare about the “Next Chapters” in the story that God is writing through newchurches. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every time you partner in planting a new church, you…
The Latest: November News
You play a vital role in good news being shared in places where Jesus isn’t yetwidely known. This is why we’re so eager to share with you about our newestchurch plant project! Introducing the Baltimore ProjectJoshua & Ericka and familyOver the past two years, Joshua and Ericka Symonettehave sen…
Greater Miami Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
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Celebrating God’s Work at City Church Lagos
In a bustling city of over 20 million, City Church exists to “Love Jesus, LovePeople, and Love Lagos.” Lagos is one of the largest and fastest-growing cities[/church-in-the-worlds-fastest-growing-city/] in the world, and we count it aprivilege to partner with Femi and Tosin Osunnuyi and the team …
Projects
Give to and explore the latest Orchard Group church plants that are making a meaningful and lasting difference in their communities.
The Next Chapter: True North & Community Church
This post is part of the “Next Chapter” series, where we share about the “NextChapters” in the story that God is writing through new churches. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As our team continues to reflect on “The Next Chapter” that God is writi…
The Latest: October News
This past month has marked the celebration of new beginnings at many OrchardGroup churches, as well significant milestones at others. Join us in celebratingwith these churches and in praising God for his good work! Celebrating New BeginningsOn September 13, City Church Over-the-Rhine[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/cincinnati-project/…
Baltimore Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
Fairfield County Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
Next Chapter: Reunion & Renaissance
This post is part of the “Next Chapter” series, where we share about the “NextChapters” in the story that God is writing through new churches. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Right now in Manhattan [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/manhattan-project/…
Celebrating One Year (2020-style)
2020 has been a year like no other. Yet, even in the midst of unusual andunforeseen circumstances, God has been faithful to preserve and advance hischurch. This week, we have a tangible example of God’s faithfulness with the firstanniversaries of both Icon Church[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/seattle-project…
Greater Miami Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
The Latest: September News
The church has always been characterized as a people who gather, united by theirshared love for Jesus. This continues to be true even as a pandemic has causedthis “gathering” to take on many different forms throughout the world. Even with present limitations, churches are still finding safe and c…
Not Limited by Four Walls
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 apandemic has caused this “gathering” to take on many different forms throughoutthe world. We love seeing the creative ways churches are finding t…
Ways Unimagined: God’s Work at The Gathering Harlem
This article is contributed by the staff of The Gathering Harlem[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/the-gathering], which launched in 2017, ledby Kenny and Shanika Hart. Header photo courtesy of Anthony Geathers[https://www.instagram.com/anthonybgeathers/…
Oakland Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
The Next Chapter: Crossway & SLO City
Throughout this year, we’ve taken a moment to look back at past church plantsand to look forward to current church plants. (Browse other features in the NextChapter series here [/tag/next-chapter/].) This month, we’d like to continuecelebrating how God is writing the next chapter in his church b…
The Latest: August News
Even as much in the world shifts around us, the church’s core mission to makedisciples remains constant. The same central aim endures: to share the good newsabout Jesus with as many as possible through the establishment of new churchcommunities. Church planter Russel Rader in Manhattan recently …
How Your Church Can Begin Making a Strategy for Racial Justice
> “Most churches and Christian organizations have all kinds of strategies: astrategy for evangelism, a strategy for crisis planning, a strategy forstaffing, or a strategy for how to manage your building. But how many have asolid strategy to ensure that they are fighting against racial injustice?”…
Into the Fray: Praying for Planters
> Then Jesus told his disciples...that they should always pray and not give up.(Luke 18:1)While thoughtful plans and strategies are necessary, if God is not ultimately atwork through them, they will produce little lasting fruit. This is why we arethankful for the thousands who pray for leaders w…
Grieving Losses and Pressing Forward
This article is contributed by Russel Rader, who is preparing to start a newchurch in Manhattan. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > “How lonely sits the city that was full of people!” –Lamentations 1:1From March to April of this year, it is estima…
Finding Creative Ways to Connect in Miami
In the midst of this unique season of physical distancing, church plantersTerrence & Emma Mullings are pressing forward with fostering community andbuilding momentum for the launch of a new church in Greater Miami. Here are a few snapshots of life from the past month from the Greater Miamiplant…
Fostering a New Faith Family
This article is contributed by Chris and Katherine Marlin and Tyler Chernesky,who are currently preparing to start a new church in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhineneighborhood. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our dreams of church planting reach back …
The Latest: July News
As the summer warms up, so do the efforts of church planters as they prepare forthe Fall season. Church planting always requires creativity – even more so in atime with the added complexities of physical distancing, volatile economy, andglobal protests. Right now, leaders in Miami[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/greater-miami…
Pray, Watch, Bless: Church Planting While Physically Distancing
This article is contributed by Gabe Garcia. Gabe, Kari, and their kids recentlymoved to Oakland, California, where they are preparing to start a new church. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > “Many are the plans of a man, but it is the purpose of …
Remembering and Celebrating God’s Work at Crossway Christian Church
This article is contributed by Dave Smith, who served as the founding pastor atCrossway Christian Church in Nashau, NH – one of Orchard Group’s church plantsback in the ’90s . He now serves as the planter of Crossway’s Downtown Campus. -----------------------------------------------------------…
Meet Phineas
New churches in new places mean more opportunities for people to hear the goodnews that they matter to God [/tag/pmtg/]. Each new church provides theopportunity for more people to encounter Jesus and grow in their relationshipwith him. In 2019, SLO City Church[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/san-luis-obispo-project…
Introducing the Oakland Project
Over past year, God has placed an unshakable burden upon Gabe and Kari Garcia’shearts to reach a new community with the love and truth of Christ. Throughout aseason of prayer and seeking godly counsel, they were encouraged to investigatethe possibility of church planting. Through that process, th…
The Latest: June News
As we near the halfway point of 2020, we can look back on what has already beena historically challenging year. It makes us all the more grateful for you whopray and give for the establishment of new churches, and for the leaders thatare serving communities around the world. Last month, we share…
AND Campaign Statement on Racialized Violence in America — AND Campaign
My faith guides my politics, not the other way around.
The Next Chapter: NYC & Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey is a city of 15 million people, yet it only has about 30thousand Christians, making it one of the least-churched cities in the world.Planting a church there means long days, hard work, lots of creativity, and anabundance of prayer. Yet, even in such a challenging place, a church …
A Vision for Greater Miami
Greater Miami is filled with beautiful, diverse people. They are each known byand important to God. For years, Terrence and Emma Mullings have been praying, working, and dreamingfor a new church in Greater Miami that will introduce people to Jesus and hiswork for them. Originally from Australia…
The Latest: May News
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 [/the-church-in-action/] as we see churchescreating new approaches for worship services, finding new ways to stayconnected, and proactively sup…
Church Finance Considerations for This Season
By Robert Tomko, finance director -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three church finance considerations for our current moment:1.) Maintain accurate and responsible records.During this time, many of us will have fewer in-person connections with ou…
Navigating a New Reality
Our team has recently been encouraged by a report from some of our internationalplanters and how they are navigating a “new norm” in light of COVID-19. Weinvite you to read the following report and join us in praising God and prayingfor the church in Istanbul. ----------------------------------…
Christian Life in Times of Crisis
Every crisis is different and the one we find ourselves in is particularlyunique. Still, there are lessons to be gleaned from the past and principleslearned in previous fires that can shape how we navigate adversity today. We recently asked a few staff members and church planters to share what t…
The Church in Action During COVID-19
From raising additional benevolence funds, to creating new approaches forworship services, to fostering new ways for intentional connection, toproactively supporting local community, to practicing lament together... it’sbeen beautiful seeing the church being the church in this unique season. He…
Made For This: Strength in Weakness
From Luke Greer [https://greer.lt], Partnership Director -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > He said to me, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” —2 Corinthians 12:9Strong and Weak LinksA couple of weeks ago, Malcolm Gladwell gave a talk[https://munkdebates.com/dialogues/malcolm-gladwell…
Meet John
We often say that we plant churches because people matter to God. God cares deeply for each individual on this planet. He created them. He lovesthem. He knows their stories and their struggles. He longs for them to know him.Through the work of Jesus, he makes a way for them. We plant churches s…
In Their Own Words: Church Launch and Loneliness
From Lindsay Kuhl, Mosaic Church, Elkridge, MarylandMother Teresa says “loneliness...is the most terrible poverty.” When we launchedMosaic nearly 10 years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the deep loneliness that camewith it. In 2008, my husband Carl and I moved from Louisville, KY to Baltimore,MD wit…
The Next Chapter: Brooklyn & Oakland
In 2016, Brandon and Ty Watts launched Epiphany Church[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/epiphany-church] in Brooklyn with a vision tohelp real people in the borough discover and follow Jesus. Today, EpiphanyChurch is enjoying a vibrant and fruitful ministry[/celebrating-gods-work-at-epiphany-in…
In for the Long Haul: Staying Spiritually Healthy in Crisis
By Brent Storms, Orchard Group President/CEO Over the past couple of decades with Orchard Group I have experienced a handfulof crises: the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the 2008 recession in the globaleconomy, and the brutal impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City. There havebeen two additional…
Greater Miami Project
Orchard Group connects church planters and generous partners to establish churches in cities. Since 1948.
April News from Orchard Group – A Letter from Brent
Dear Friends and Partners, Thank you so much for prayerfully investing in new churches, especially duringthis challenging season. Your prayers are making an even bigger impact than yourealize. Your support is helping new churches in some of the cities most rapidlyimpacted by the coronavirus - Ne…
Ministering in the Blizzard and Preparing for Winter
Like many organizations that are serving entrepreneurs and start-ups, we havebeen challenged by Praxis’ article Leading Beyond the Blizzard[https://journal.praxislabs.org/leading-beyond-the-blizzard-why-every-organization-is-now-a-startup-b7f32fb278ff]. It gives an excellent framework for the cur…
Not Even the Gates of a Hellish Pandemic Will Prevail Over God’s Church
Scripture doesn’t promise wealth or health or even life. What, then, does it promise?
FAQ for Churches: The Paycheck Protection Program
from Greg Hubbard, Director of Operations, Orchard Group What is it?The economic stimulus bill recently passed by Congress (the CARES 2020 Act)contains $349 billion in potentially forgivable loans for small businesses,including churches, to encourage them to retain their employees through thecu…
Resources for Navigating COVID-19
We know that at this point, everyone’s newsfeeds are inundated with postsrelated to COVID-19. It can be daunting to sift through it all! So we’ve compiled a list of resources that we’ve found most helpful: Websites to monitor for current information: * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
The Latest: March News
Orchard Group focuses on planting churches where they’re most needed, and we’repassionate about establishing churches that help start other churches.Therefore, it’s with great excitement that we share our commitment to back Gabe& Kari Garcia as they establish a new church in Oakland, California!…
Introducing the Oakland Project
Over past year, God has placed an unshakable burden upon Gabe and Kari Garcia’shearts to reach a new community with the love and truth of Christ. Throughout aseason of prayer and seeking godly counsel, they were encouraged to investigatethe possibility of church planting. Through that process, th…
The Next Chapter: Phoenix & Cincinnati
As we entered a new decade earlier this year, we found ourselves reflectiveabout all God has accomplished in previous years through new churches. At thesame time, we’re eager to see all he has yet to accomplish. In this spirit, we want to share brief stories of churches that have launched inyear…
Orchard Group Report 2020
Download the Report[https://www.dropbox.com/s/z1xicwa6s9npdq6/Orchard%20Group%20Report%202020.pdf?dl=1] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Six ways to take action: 1. Multiply Your Church’s Mission [https://orchardgroup.org/partners…
The Latest: February News
Each January, Orchard Group hosts a retreat in Miami for lead planters. Thisretreat is born out of our commitment to support leaders well through the manychallenges of church planting. Our prayer is that this time together spurs theseleaders on to serve well in their various ministry contexts. 2…
Celebrating God’s Work at Epiphany in 2019
After launching in 2016 [/epiphany-church-launch/], Epiphany Brooklyn quicklybegan growing [/a-church-grows-in-brooklyn/] as it reached more and more peoplewith the good news about Jesus. It’s a joy to see how God continues to grow Epiphany [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/epiphany-church], not…
Encounters with God in Istanbul — Redeemer City to City
When God moved us to Istanbul, it came as both a surprise and a calling that made sense. Nonetheless, it was a process that took us five years…
Celebrating God’s Work Through Renaissance in 2019
We plant churches because we want people everywhere to know Jesus[https://orchardgroup.org]. In 2019, Renaissance Church[https://orchardgroup.org/projects/renaissance-church/] expressed this coremotivation as it reached many more people with the good news about Jesus. Theirtwo worship services…
In for the Long Haul: Churches that Multiply
This article is part of the series “In for the Long Haul [/tag/long-haul/],” describing Orchard Group’s commitment to back church planters as they establishchurches in cities. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More than 150 years ago, after decades…
Launch Sunday: Community Church
Over 350 people came out on Sunday, January 5, 2020 to join in the launch of Community Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/long-island-project] on LongIsland! We praise God for a great start, and we’re excited for all he has in store forCommunity Church! =
The Urban/Rural Divide – And Christmas
From Luke Greer, Director of Partnership For me, part of the Christmas season means spending time reading the Bible’snativity stories in Matthew and Luke. Although I’ve read them many times before,something “new” often captures my attention. This year when I read the angels’declaration to the sh…

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