The Latest: A New Church for Oakland

This Fall has been one of the most fruitful seasons ever for our church planting team. As we've shared in the last couple of updates [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/the-latest-more-new-churches/], new churches [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/the-latest-exciting-season/] have launched Sunday services in cities across the country. The latest church to


New City Church Launch!

We are celebrating along with New City Church which just officially launched in Oakland! Planters Gabe and Kari Garcia share, > This past Sunday was a beautiful picture of the goodness and kindness of our gracious God who has been leading us in this journey every step of the way. What


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: 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

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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: 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 to establish! This month, we want to highlight some of the ways church planting leaders have been at work in Greater Miami and in Oakland: Greater


Christmas 2020: Not Foreign to the Christian Story

By Luke Greer, Orchard Group's partnership director. In many ways, much of what we have experienced in 2020 is not unlike the historical backdrop that Jesus was born into. In Jesus’ day there were entrenched interest groups, social unrest, competing ideologies, mutual distrust across ethnic lines, and profoundly different political


Oakland Project's Thanksgiving Giveaway

How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Food? Family? Football? The Oakland Project [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/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


Video: See the Oakland Project in Action

You can become a partner [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/video-see-the-oakland-project-in-action/orchardgroup.org/projects/oakland] with the Gabe and Kari to plant a new church in Oakland!


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


The Latest: July News

As the summer warms up, so do the efforts of church planters as they prepare for the fall season. Church planting always requires creativity – even more so in a time with the added complexities of physical distancing, volatile economy, and global protests. Right now, leaders in Greater Miami [https://orchardgroup.


Pray, Watch, Bless: Church Planting While Physically Distancing

This article is contributed by Gabe Garcia. Gabe, Kari, and their kids recently moved 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 the Lord that will stand.” –Proverbs 19:21 Planting in