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

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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.

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 – 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…