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Meet Phineas
New churches in new places mean more opportunities for people to hear the good news that they matter to God [/tag/pmtg/]. Each new church provides the opportunity for more people to encounter Jesus and grow in their relationship with him. In 2019, SLO City Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/san-luis-obispo-project…
The Next Chapter: NYC & Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey is a city of 15 million people, yet it only has about 30 thousand 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 an abundance 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 by and important to God. For years, Terrence and Emma Mullings have been praying, working, and dreaming for a new church in Greater Miami that will introduce people to Jesus and his work 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 churches creating new approaches for worship services, finding new ways to stay connected, 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 international planters and how they are navigating a “new norm” in light of COVID-19. We invite you to read the following report and join us in praising God and praying for the church in Istanbul. ----------------------------------…
Christian Life in Times of Crisis
Every crisis is different and the one we find ourselves in is particularly unique. Still, there are lessons to be gleaned from the past and principles learned 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 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. 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 12:9 Strong and Weak Links A 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 loves them. 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, Maryland Mother Teresa says “loneliness...is the most terrible poverty.” When we launched Mosaic nearly 10 years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the deep loneliness that came with 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 to help real people in the borough discover and follow Jesus. Today, Epiphany Church 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 handful of crises: the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the 2008 recession in the global economy, and the brutal impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City. There have been 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 during this challenging season. Your prayers are making an even bigger impact than you realize. Your support is helping new churches in some of the cities most rapidly impacted by the coronavirus - Ne…
Ministering in the Blizzard and Preparing for Winter
Like many organizations that are serving entrepreneurs and start-ups, we have been 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 the cu…
Resources for Navigating COVID-19
We know that at this point, everyone’s newsfeeds are inundated with posts related 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’re passionate 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’s hearts to reach a new community with the love and truth of Christ. Throughout a season of prayer and seeking godly counsel, they were encouraged to investigate the 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 reflective about all God has accomplished in previous years through new churches. At the same 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 in year…
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. This retreat is born out of our commitment to support leaders well through the many challenges of church planting. Our prayer is that this time together spurs these leaders 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 quickly began growing [/a-church-grows-in-brooklyn/] as it reached more and more people with 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 core motivation as it reached many more people with the good news about Jesus. Their two 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 establish churches 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 Long Island! We praise God for a great start, and we’re excited for all he has in store for Community 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’s nativity 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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In for the Long Haul: Planning a Financial Future
This article is part of the series “In for the Long Haul [/tag/long-haul/],” explaining Orchard Group’s commitment to back church planters as they establish churches in cities. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Planning for a flourishing future What …