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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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Introducing Jordan

From Brent Storms, President/CEO I’m delighted to announce that Orchard Group will be adding a new staff member to our team. Jordan Rice has agreed to become our Regional Director for New York City. We couldn’t be happier to have his help as we plant more churches

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Get Back to Me in 20

From Brent Storms, President and CEO You might not know why you’re doing what you’re doing now for another twenty years. Sorry. It’s true. Twenty years ago this month, my wife and I packed up our meager belongings and moved from Missouri to Massachusetts. We both grew

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City Similarities

From Luke Greer, Director of Partnership As I stepped from the platform into the car, the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of the subway assaulted my senses: a suit-wearing executive barked orders on his iPhone before losing coverage, teens sporting Yankees caps and loosely-laced Nikes slap-knuckled one another in greeting,

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Want to Change Culture? Engage the City

from Greg Hubbard, Director of Operations Many people are watching the emerging U.S. presidential races with keen interest (or dismay). We are concerned about the state of our culture. We long for a positive future. If only we could elect a leader who would do something about all the

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We've Been Learning for a Long Time

from Brent Storms, President and CEO Orchard Group has been starting churches in and around New York City since 1948. That means a lot of organizational learning from trial and error, failures and successes. Three visionary leaders preceded me as President. Hundreds of board members have exercised sharp minds to

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What Churches Will Look Like in 2050

From Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially if it’s about the future.” - Mark TwainThe 1989 film, Back to the Future II, made some incredible predictions about what the year 2015 would look like. The film correctly predicted flat screen televisions, video conferencing,

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Healthcare and New Churches

From Greg Hubbard, Director of Operations OBAMACARE.The word itself (is it a word now?) evokes strong emotional responses in most people, whether positive or negative. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare’s more proper name) has been a source of anxiety for churches mostly because it has

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Orchard Institute

You may have heard some of the startling statistics concerning cities: For the first time in history more than half the world’s population lives in cities.By 2050 more than 70% will live in cities.Nearly half of American millennials want to live in New York City.What does

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Orchard Group Exponential Conference Bonus Session

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

From Brent Storms, President and CEO of Orchard Group When you reflect on the events of a year, you are likely to remember some of the difficulties and challenges. Hopefully you’re able to make a longer list of things to celebrate! We’re grateful that the victories and successes

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Five Business Books for Church Planters

From Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment Church planters often fall into one of two categories regarding business and leadership books. One group uncritically embraces whatever method sits atop the current bestseller lists. This approach fails to recognize that the publishing industry is plagued by faddishness that would embarrass Contemporary Christian