The Long Island Project

Orchard Group will back church planter Lou and Allie Pizzichillo, who will lead the Long Island Project in 2020. Lou said, “We believe that when people see God for who He truly is, they’ll find God irresistible. We want the people of Long Island to understand God as a Father who is radically in love with his children and the Savior who will stop at nothing to win their hearts.” Growing up on Long Island, Lou spent most of his years resisting a god whom he perceived as harsh, judgmental, and angry. It was in college that he was introduced…

Spring Growth

29. Mar | TAGS:

Spring Growth

One of the pictures Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of God was of a mustard seed.  The Bible often uses gardening or farming illustrations to reveal the nature of the gospel, showing how God is at work in the world.  God can bring life even in the most barren of places. Just as much of the northern hemisphere is waking from the winter chill and new life is beginning to blossom in the spring, growth and new life is evident at many of our churches! Putting down roots Mosaic Church in Baltimore threw a big 10th Anniversary party, celebrating…

Mission City Church

Sunday was a day of energy and excitement at Mission City Church in Santa Barbara, CA.  Mission City is a church plant that launched in the fall of 2017. “Church planting” is an evocative phrase to describe the start of a new church. It implies an organic process that involves growth, fertile soil, and God’s involvement. God is certainly working in Santa Barbara through Mission City. They are off to a good start, with weekly services, smaller groups meeting in homes, and celebrating their first baptisms. From meetings in living rooms to renting out space, to launch Sunday and beyond,…

No SLO-ing Down

21. Feb | TAGS:

No SLO-ing Down

It’s thrilling to see a group of people grow into a movement that will build a new church! The San Luis Obispo (SLO) Project, led by Brent & Jenna Bramer, is gathering momentum towards a launch in the fall. Brent shared, “On February 17th we were able to gather together for the very first time as a launch team. We spent time getting to know one another, worshipping together, and discussing the vision and mission of SLO City Church.  We want to be a group of people that live the way of Jesus – a church that’s for one another and for…

Church Planting Retreat

14. Jan | TAGS:

Church Planting 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.

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 – 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…