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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


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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Celebrating One Year at Community Church

This article is contributed by Lou Pizzichillo, lead planter of Community Church on Long Island. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul wrote these words. If you stop and think about them for a minute, they’re pretty extreme. In Ephesians 3:20-21, he says... “Now to him


Oakland Project's Thanksgiving Giveaway

How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Food? Family? Football? The Oakland Project did all that and more, as they organized a Thanksgiving Giveaway to help provide basic Thanksgiving items for over 120 families in their community. This team is in the process of preparing to formally launch a new

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The Next Chapter: Collective & Icon

This post is part of the "Next Chapter" series, where we share about the “Next Chapters” in the story that God is writing through new churches. Each time you partner to plant a new church, you make a number of “firsts”possible, because each Orchard Group church plant becomes someone’


Celebrating God's Work at City Church Lagos

In a bustling city of over 20 million, City Church exists to "Love Jesus, Love People, and Love Lagos." Lagos is one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the world, and we count it a privilege to partner with Femi and Tosin Osunnuyi and the team that's leading City

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The Next Chapter: True North & Community Church

This post is part of the "Next Chapter" series, where we share about the “Next Chapters” in the story that God is writing through new churches. As our team continues to reflect on “The Next Chapter” that God is writing through his church, we consider two churches in the New


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 a pandemic has caused this "gathering" to take on many different forms throughout the world. We love seeing the creative ways churches


Ways Unimagined: God's Work at The Gathering Harlem

This article is contributed by the staff of The Gathering Harlem, which launched in 2017, led by Kenny and Shanika Hart. Header photo courtesy of Anthony Geathers. The vision that God gave The Gathering Harlem (TGH) for 2020 was "expansion." But we could never have imagined the ways he would


Grieving Losses and Pressing Forward

This article is contributed by Russel Rader, who is preparing to start a new church in Manhattan. “How lonely sits the city that was full of people!” –Lamentations 1:1From March to April of this year, it is estimated that over 420,000 people left New York City. The combination