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City Church Launches in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria is a city unique in the world for its explosive growth. Studies show that it grows by 85 people per hour, faster than London and New York City combined.  Not only is Lagos growing rapidly, it is a religiously binary city; the Muslim and Christian population are split nearly equally.  Femi Osunnuyi, lead planter of City Church, shares that much of the Nigerian Christian population is marked by enthusiasm, but lacks a solid biblical grounding.  The prosperity gospel is the only Christianity many people know. Femi shares, “This environment has created a generation of disillusioned Christians, believers who turn away from faith, and made skeptics…

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A little behind-the-scenes of Orchard Group from Brent and Rhesa Storms.  We’re grateful for church planting partners like Southeast Christian Church, who has been a strong partner of several new churches, including Renaissance Church and Epiphany Brooklyn, both seen in the video. New churches depend on established churches like Southeast who are willing to invest in them.

Becoming A Spiritual Grandparent

From Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment Even though I am only 34 years old, I recently experienced the joy of becoming a grandparent. OK…before you start doing math on the ages of my wife and daughter, know that I am talking about being a “church planting grandparent” not a physical grandparent! Let me explain… Seven years ago, I had the joy of helping to start Mustard Seed Christian Church in Nagoya, Japan. Five years ago, this church, planted a new, “daughter church” in Osaka, Japan, also called Mustard Seed, two churches supported by Orchard Group. In the past year, this…

Connection Brings Strength

The Redwood groves in California are one of nature’s wonders. These trees can grow to 275 feet high and 25 feet in diameter – large enough to drive a car through! Some of these trees are over a thousand years old, withstanding floods, fires, and strong winds.  With the tops of the trees reaching into the sky, one might assume that the roots go down hundreds of feet into the ground to support their height.  Surprisingly, the redwoods have very shallow root systems, sometimes only 12 feet deep. Unusually, the trees’ roots reach out towards each other, interweaving to create a strong…

Meet Courtney from Mosaic

Meet Courtney, from Mosaic Christian Church in Baltimore (right, with Louis and Yolandi Scheepers, lead planters of Pro Deo Church in Cape Town, South Africa). After college, Courtney found herself in a toxic relationship and drowning in credit card debt.  She was unhappy, but didn’t know where to turn.  Her sister invited her to Mosaic Christian Church, and Courtney started to attend.  Repeatedly, the sermons were relevant to the issues that she was dealing with that week.  The Biblical messages were providing hope for change. “God would even use the music to speak to my issues.  What I was hearing and learning…

Pro Deo Launches in Cape Town

Pro Deo Church celebrated a successful launch in Cape Town, South Africa last month! Partners from Mosaic Christian Church and Renaissance Church were on hand to volunteer and take photos:

Restore Church Assists Refugees

In the fall of 2015, photos of Aylan Kurdi made the front pages of papers around the world. The lifeless body of the 3 year old boy, washed up on the beach in Turkey, became a focal point of grief and frustration over the plight of immigrants fleeing conflict in Syria. Half a world away, in Silver Spring, MD, members of Restore Church had been asking themselves how they, as the body of Christ, could extend love to places around the world. Restore launched in the fall of 2012 in Silver Spring, MD under the leadership of Aaron and Karrie…

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story! Ps 107:2 Kenneth and Shanika Hart share how God has led them to start a new church in Central Harlem.  From the simple prayer, “Jesus, if you’re real, change my life,” God has transformed Kenneth and given him a new purpose for his talents. Be encouraged by Kenneth and Shanika’s stories of coming to know Jesus and growing in faith.

New Year, New Church in Orlando

Thrive Church celebrated its launch Sunday with two services and 162 people. Led by Greg Marksberry, the church is off to a good start. Thrive is meeting in the heart of a growing section of Orlando – Lake Nona. Lake Nona is a planned community and medical hub, and is predicted to triple in population in the next ten years from 50,000 to 150,000. Thrive has recognized the importance of helping families. One of the needs of Lake Nona is a program addressing youth literacy. The area has no library, and has one of the highest rates of ESL (English…

People have heard the name Jesus, but it doesn’t mean anything to them…  Jesus is not a part of Japanese Christmas. Even though fewer than 1% of the population in Japan identifies as Christian, Christmas is a widely-celebrated holiday.  The day is associated with Santa Claus and presents, sponge cake, Kentucky Fried Chicken (!), and is similar to Valentine’s Day in the United States.  Because of the few churches in the country, many Japanese are unfamiliar with actual story behind celebration. This can lead to a confusing clash of images, as seen in the department store window below. photo source unknown Through…