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Building God’s Kingdom or Clinging to Mine

By Ty Watts, Epiphany Church in Brooklyn, New York I find it hard to admit when I am wrong. Maybe because I’m usually always right – or at least I try and convince myself that I am.  However, I can look back at one particular moment in my marriage when my ideals got dramatically reversed. One evening my husband walked into the house as I was preparing dinner and announced with excitement, “Well, I think we should prayerfully consider relocating to the city to begin the church planting process.” I immediately tensed up and blurted out a quick sarcastic remark and…

The Gathering Harlem- One Year Celebration

Congratulations to our church family at THE GATHERING 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.  Our prayer with all new churches is that they will grow and thrive and spread the good news of Jesus! He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6

Launch Sunday – Mission City Church

MISSION CITY CHURCH 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. “This is a church for the down and out and the up and comers, for bartenders and single moms and soccer coaches. For the addicted, the confused, the hurting, and the hungry.” Above all, this church is for sharing the hope of Jesus with Santa Barbara!  The city is a mixture of college students, the creative class,…

Launch Sunday – Bay City Church

Sunday was a great start for BAY CITY CHURCH in San Francisco!  Bay City meets in the Bayview neighborhood, one of the last remaining working-class neighborhoods in the city. As the San Francisco continues to grow, Bay City has the opportunity to introduce people to Jesus – whether they are long time residents or newcomers in search of work and opportunity.  Lead planter Eddie Williams grew up in this part of the city. He has asked, “What if the reason I was born here was so that God would be glorified through the planting of a church that would share the story…

SAN LUIS OBISPO PROJECT

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SAN LUIS OBISPO PROJECT

One in twelve Americans lives in California. While 18th Century Spanish missions may dot the landscape, nearly one-third of the people in the state are “nones” – men and women who have no religious affiliation whatsoever. Because new churches are one of the most effective ways to reach new people with the gospel of Jesus, there is a need for church planting here! Orchard Group’s work in California started in 2011 with MISSION CHURCH in Ventura. Mission has become a recognizable presence in its city, baptizing over 500 people since their launch. This fall, Mission will move into a new…

Meet Lawrence Adjah and the Jersey City Project

Lawrence was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Jersey. His parents, Nigerian immigrants and faithful Christians, influenced Lawrence’s early faith. While his childhood church attendance was formative, it was in college while experiencing his own loneliness that Lawrence hungered to connect with other Christians to grow in his faith. Lawrence’s desire to know God as revealed in scripture led him to begin leading a Bible study. This regular study changed Lawrence’s life as it strengthened his own faith. Lawrence studied at Harvard, the University of Texas, and Stanford. His professional career was started in Jersey City, which is…