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 Easter and
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 [https://blog.orchardgroup.org/church-in-the-worlds-fastest-growing-city/] in the world, and we count it a privilege to partner with Femi and Tosin Osunnuyi and
On September 13, City Church Over-the-Rhine [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/cincinnati-project/] launched their preview services in Cincinnati! These services are designed to provide an opportunity for people to explore what their church is all about. Over 80 people turned out for their first preview service! We continue to be encouraged
Trace Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/trace-church/] in Colorado Springs recently had the joy of celebrating 18 baptisms. Join us in rejoicing with them, and in celebrating the new life that these brothers and sisters have found in Jesus!
2020 has been a year like no other. Yet, even in the midst of unusual and unforeseen circumstances, God has been faithful to preserve and advance his church. This week, we have a tangible example of God's faithfulness with the first anniversaries of both Icon Church [https://orchardgroup.org/projects/
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
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. Here are a handful of examples of Orchard Group
Sunday was a day of energy and excitement at Mission City Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/santa-barbara/] in Santa Barbara, CA. Mission City is a church plant that launched in the fall of 2017. "Church planting" is an evocative phrase to describe the start of a new church. It
Spending time with these church planting leaders in Miami is the highlight of the Orchard Group calendar. They serve their people and their communities with tireless effort, humble sacrifice, and a clear call to serve God. Getting away together is a chance to reconnect, relax, and laugh. God is good.
Congratulations to our church family at The Gathering [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/gathering-harlem/] 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.
Mission City Church [http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/santa-barbara/] held their first service on Sunday with two full services. One attendee, a resident of Santa Barbara, said, "I feel like this church was started just for people like me!" Lead planter Jake Barker laid out the vision for the church