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Orchard Group Report 2020-2021

It’s hard to think of very many aspects of normal life that haven’t been disrupted in the past year. Yet, one thing has never been disrupted, and never will be: God is still at work in our world!

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"God has shown us once again just how good he is"

By Luke Greer, Director of Partnership Receiving truly good news is a delight — all the more so in the middle of a prolonged tumultuous season. As our team here at Orchard Group began preparing last year to publish our annual report, I was a bit apprehensive as to what we

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Why Church Planting?

Christian missions efforts have a rich history of creative and fruitful outreach across the world, and individuals and churches have an ocean of possibilities as they consider how to invest their resources. Why should church planting be an integral part of that mission? With so many good options, why choose

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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

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How Your Church Can Begin Making a Strategy for Racial Justice

“Most churches and Christian organizations have all kinds of strategies: a strategy for evangelism, a strategy for crisis planning, a strategy for staffing, or a strategy for how to manage your building. But how many have a solid strategy to ensure that they are fighting against racial injustice?” –Brandon Watts,

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The Latest: June News

As we near the halfway point of 2020, we can look back on what has already been a historically challenging year. It makes us all the more grateful for you who pray and give for the establishment of new churches, and for the leaders that are serving communities around the

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Church Finance Considerations for This Season

By Robert Tomko, finance director Three church finance considerations for our current moment:1.) Maintain accurate and responsible records.During this time, many of us will have fewer in-person connections with our accountant or bookkeeper. It’s important to ensure that our financial reports are produced with accuracy and integrity,

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Made For This: Strength in Weakness

From Luke Greer, Partnership Director He said to me, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” —2 Corinthians 12:9Strong and Weak LinksA couple of weeks ago, Malcolm Gladwell gave a talk where he articulated some of his analysis of – you guessed it – the coronavirus outbreak. If you’ve followed

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FAQ for Churches: The Paycheck Protection Program

from Greg Hubbard, Director of Operations, Orchard Group What is it?The economic stimulus bill recently passed by Congress (the CARES 2020 Act) contains $349 billion in potentially forgivable loans for small businesses, including churches, to encourage them to retain their employees through the current crisis. Who can get a

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Ministering in the Blizzard and Preparing for Winter

Like many organizations that are serving entrepreneurs and start-ups, we have been challenged by Praxis' article Leading Beyond the Blizzard. It gives an excellent framework for the current moment, and for moving forward over the medium and longer term. Borrowing the concepts of "blizzard" (~8 weeks) and "winter" (~8 months)

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Staying Spiritually Healthy in Crisis

By Brent Storms, Orchard Group President/CEO Over the past couple of decades with Orchard Group I have experienced a handful of crises: the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the 2008 recession in the global economy, and the brutal impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City. There have been

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Resources for Navigating COVID-19

We know that at this point, everyone's newsfeeds are inundated with posts related to COVID-19. It can be daunting to sift through it all! So we've compiled a list of resources that we've found most helpful: Websites to monitor for current information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.