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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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The Next Chapter: Reunion & Renaissance

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. Right now in Manhattan, Russel and Katie Rader are working and praying daily as they prepare for the launch of a new church – Reunion

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The Latest: September News

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. Even with present limitations, churches are still finding safe and

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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

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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

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Celebrating God's Work Through Renaissance in 2019

We plant churches because we want people everywhere to know Jesus. In 2019, Renaissance Church expressed this core motivation as it reached many more people with the good news about Jesus. Their two worship services reached an average of 500-600 people each week, and they topped 1000 in attendance for

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Celebrating Five Years

We're rejoicing with Renewal Church (Chicago) and Renaissance Church (NYC) as they celebrate their five-year anniversaries. Both of these churches are already to the point of being self-sustaining, one of the most important indicators in establishing churches that flourish for the long haul. We praise God for his work through

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In Their Own Words: A Far Better Savior

I don’t think it’s presumptive to say we all like the feeling of being helpful and feeling as though we make a difference in other people’s lives. We like the idea of someone standing on an award stage and declaring that they couldn’t have done it without us.

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Celebrating One Year of The Gathering Harlem

Congratulations to our church family at The Gathering in Harlem, New York City! They celebrated their one year birthday in September. The Gathering has grown in numbers, but the leadership is also excited about the spiritual and emotional growth they've seen in their people. Our prayer with all new churches

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Launch Sunday at The Gathering in Harlem

It's just the beginning for The Gathering in Harlem. Their launch Sunday was filled with energy and excitement, with over 260 people in attendance. Lead pastor Kenneth Hart preached powerfully from Luke 5 on being a "church for the unchurched." Jesus was proclaimed and at least one person made a

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Meet Jema

“Walking into a church again was uncomfortable.” Meet Jema from Renaissance Church in NYC. Jema appeared to have it all: great friends and family, a good job in a world-class city. She did everything she could to feel complete and happy, yet something was missing. Jema admits that she had

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Incubation to Incarnation

For the past ten days, the live feed of April, a pregnant giraffe, has captured the attention of 40 million people around the world. 40 million! Perhaps you’ve seen the news pop up on TV or in your Facebook feed. Funny enough, not much has happened (no sign of