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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:


Video: Meet Joshua and Ericka

You can become a partner [] with Joshua and Ericka to plant a new church in Baltimore!


Into the Fray: Praying for Planters

> Then Jesus told his disciples...that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1) While thoughtful plans and strategies are necessary, if God is not ultimately at work through them, they will produce little lasting fruit. This is why we are thankful for the thousands who pray


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 1:1 From March to April of this year, it is estimated that over 420,000 people left New York City.


Fostering a New Faith Family

This article is contributed by Chris and Katherine Marlin and Tyler Chernesky, who are currently preparing to start a new church in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our dreams of church planting reach back almost a decade. And while those dreams have changed and grown over the years, they never included


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

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Remembering and Celebrating God's Work at Crossway Christian Church

This article is contributed by Dave Smith, who served as the founding pastor at Crossway Christian Church in Nashau, NH – one of Orchard Group's church plants back in the '90s. He now serves as the planter of Crossway's Downtown Campus. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just over 25 years ago, our family arrived in


2019 Church Planter Retreat

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.


Part of the Family

Over a period of years, Jordan Rice became increasingly convicted about the need for spiritual growth and change in Harlem.  He left behind his law career to study theology and entered a training program for church planting.  A year and a half ago, he led the launch of Renaissance Church


2016 Lead Planters' Retreat

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African Proverb Our church planter's retreat is a time to encourage and support each other. Starting a church is work that requires courage, creativity, and consecration of life before God. What a joy


Orchard Group East Retreat

Every year, we get together with our East Coast teams to worship, encourage each other, and to "spur one another on to good deeds."  We love these people! Each one is the face of someone who loves Jesus and loves the people in their city.


What Can You Expect When You Plant a New Church?

Thinking about planting a church? Are you already a few steps in and have questions? Join our bonus session [] at Exponential West on October 5th.  We have a lineup of great speakers who have planted churches that are flourishing in their cities.