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Launch Sunday- Delaware Christian Church

New season. New church. New you. Those words marked an amazing launch for Delaware Christian Church (DCC) in the heart of the city of Wilmington. People gathered at a public school auditorium in the midst of the city’s well-known Trolley Square neighborhood on a brilliant spring morning. Lead Planter Marcos Mercado has used the phrase “new season, new church, new you” to welcome people to the new church. Calvin was one of the volunteers at the service. He lives in the city and had been searching for something spiritual.  Often Calvin prayed that someone who could guide him would cross his…

FINDING A FACILITY

From Brent Storms, President and CEO One of the biggest challenges of starting a church in a center city or urban context is finding the right facility for Sunday gatherings. Space is limited. Landlords are skeptical. Prices are (often) outrageous. One example of the challenges: a few years ago, hotly contested lawsuits bounced from court to court regarding whether or not churches should be allowed to rent New York City public schools for religious services. Some churches met in public schools and then moved out and then back in again as a result. Orchard Group is focused on planting churches…

Collective Church

It’s so exciting when a church gets to sign for a new facility to worship! Collective Church has met in several venues on the west side of Los Angeles over the last three years.  Recently, they had the opportunity to move into a space that is conveniently located, with children’s space, plenty of room to grow, and parking to spare. We can’t wait to see what the next three years hold for Collective! Read more of Collective’s story

THE FUTURE CHURCH

By Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially if it’s about the future.” – Mark Twain The 1989 film, Back to the Future II, made some incredible predictions about what the year 2015 would look like. It correctly foretold flat screen televisions, video conferencing, biometric identification and even the presence of aerial drones – although they don’t walk our dogs – yet! Unfortunately, we don’t have the flying cars, self-lacing shoes, or hoverboards the film anticipated, but we do have things like cell phones, 3-D printers, and fully battery powered cars. Let’s face it, predicting the…

From NFL to Church Planting

The National Football League (NFL) is not a typical training ground for church planting. Yet Eddie Williams’ story is not a typical one. Eddie grew up in the bay area of San Francisco, California. His childhood was rootless, filled with constant upheaval and moves from one area to another. He learned to keep his prized belongings with him if he didn’t want to lose them. His dad was absent and the family home was vulnerable to robbery. Eddie’s mom, who provided strength and stability for the family, also battled cancer. She dreamed that Eddie would be an NFL player. Her…

2018 Lead Planter’s Retreat

Church planting is a glorious (and sometimes exhausting) calling.  Once a year, we gather many of our lead planting couples for a retreat in Miami.  It is a time to reconnect with each other, share what’s working, and discuss the issues that challenge us.  It is a great joy to serve these world-class leaders.  The work they are doing for God’s Kingdom is laudable. The 2018 lead planters share their stories with the group: The highlight of the week: Praying for the lead planters, a time of vulnerability and hope. A few of our future church planters:

Get to know the Santa Barbara Church Plant, launching in the fall of 2018. Santa Barbara, located approximately 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is a center of influence on the central coast of California.  There are over 40,000 college students in the city, and several technology startups had their beginnings in Santa Barbara.  Due to its climate, parks, and art culture, the city is a year-round destination for visitors.  It also ranks as #21 on Barna’s Least Churched Cities in the U.S. and #2 on the Never-Churched List. Lead planter Jake Barker states, “Santa Barbara is defined by its laid back culture…