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Meet The Mercados

THE WILMINGTON INITIATIVE Marcos and Amarillis Mercado have a vision to see a new church emerge in the heart of Wilmington, the largest city in the state of Delaware. The Mercados bring a wealth of ministry experience having served in Northeast cities including New York City and Philadelphia for twenty years. Because they are bi-lingual, the Mercados have impacted thousands of people in both English and Spanish. A new church in Wilmington is a great opportunity for the Gospel. 53% of the population claims no religious affiliation of any kind. Wilmington is also an ethnically diverse city. The population is…

Meet Dylan from Redemption

“When I moved to California, I wanted to find a church. So I did what any millennial would do. I googled ‘church’.” Meet Dylan from Redemption Church in San Francisco Dylan lived in various west coast cities and in Japan.  Church involvement was always a priority, but over a period of years, Dylan felt that his spiritual life was withering.  He decided to give Redemption a try.  From the moment he walked in, he got engaged in a good conversation.  His needs were noted (Dylan uses a wheelchair), but not in a way that uncomfortably drew attention to them. When…

Launch Sunday- The Gathering in Harlem

It’s just the beginning for The Gathering in Harlem.  Their launch Sunday was filled with energy and excitement with over 260 people.  Lead pastor Kenneth Hart preached powerfully from Luke 5 on being a “church for the unchurched.”   Jesus was proclaimed and at least one person made a personal decision to follow him!  Thank you to everyone who has donated to and prayed for this project.  Thank you to the churches who are sending volunteers and teams to support. We can’t wait to see what God will do in Harlem through this new church. Get a glimpse of Launch…

People in cities like New York, San Francisco, Miami, Cape Town, and Osaka are finding and growing closer to God through churches started by Orchard Group. As city populations surge, let’s make sure that churches are growing where people are going! #PeopleMatterToGod

“My name is Maricella.  I believe that Jesus is the Christ and he has saved my life.” Hear Maricella tell her story of faith, forgiveness, and the power of perfect love.  Maricella was baptized at Mission Church in Ventura, CA.

City Church Lagos

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City Church Lagos

Long work days. Punishing commutes. High cost of living. Hearing that description, a person might think of New York City, or Tokyo, or London.  Femi Osunnuyi, lead planter of City Church in Lagos, Nigeria, shares how these qualities typify life in his booming city. “The average work day in Lagos is long. It’s not unusual for people to leave their homes at 5:30 am and not get home until 10 pm. Burnout is a huge issue.” Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in history.  250,000 people move there each year. The growth is astounding. City Church was launched in January,…

Where You Belong

From its beginning, Pro Deo Church in Cape Town, South Africa, has emphasized that it is a church “Where You Belong.” This is intentional, as lead planters Louis and Yolandi Scheepers have noted that loneliness seems to be a prevalent part of city life. One young woman said to them, “I’ve lived here for three years and have no friends.” Louis and Yolandi have prioritized making relationships in the church. In six months, they had more than 100 people in their apartment for dinners, studies, and gatherings. As they build relationships, they also point people to the community that comes…

Get to know the Santa Barbara Project, 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 and…

Redemption Church

Planting churches is exciting work. Seeing those churches grow into thriving, fruitful communities is rewarding beyond measure! A recent visit to Redemption Church in the heart of San Francisco revealed a community of people committed to God, each other, and living out the gospel in their city.  One attendee commented, “The gospel is what kept me coming back. No matter what the sermon is, Christ is the centerpiece.”  Redemption brings to mind the words of the apostle John, when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Watching Redemption launch, grow,…

Meet Will from Renewal Church

Will was connected to Renewal Church before it even started. He had played football in college with Derrick Puckett, the lead planter. Will and his wife had been looking for a place for their family to attend. When Derrick articulated his vision for Renewal, Will wanted to get involved. It was the communal aspect that appealed to Will and his family. “The cool ting about Renewal is it is a gospel-centered church in the midst of all this,” Will says while gesturing around at the Chicago skyline behind him. “There’s a community even the midst of the city. I walked…