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How And Why Cities Are Coming Back

The truth is that we are living at a moment in which the massive outward migration that characterized the second half of the twentieth century is coming to an end. And we need to adjust our perceptions of cities, suburbs, and urban mobility as a result. -Alan Ehrenhalt The trends of economic activity in the last half century are beginning to reverse itself.  Activity that once flowed to the suburbs is now shifting towards cities. We are in the midst of a massive global urbanization.  And cities are disproportionately unreached.  The world’s growing cities need the gospel. Since 1995, we have…

Leaders Retreat

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. – African Proverb Our church planter’s retreat is a time to encourage and support each other. Starting a church is work that requires courage, creativity, and consecration of life before God. What a joy to work with such a gifted people who are passionate about Jesus and seeing God’s Kingdom grow! Several people commented on the lack of competition among Orchard Group church planters, and the evidence of love and support.  Each church planter has a different task set before him.  We delight in…

When Orchard Group was established in 1948, the percentage of the world population living in cities was 30%. Today, more than 50% of the world lives in cities. By 2050, projections are that 70% will live in cities. When Orchard Group was started, there were only two cities — New York and London — with a metro population of over 10 million. Today there are 25 global cities with populations ranging from 10 to more than 30 million. Who will start churches in these strategic locations? As the world becomes more urban, so must the church! We believe God has…

Christmas Store at The Foundry Church

1300 brand new toys (look at those bicycles in the background)! 200+ volunteer hours 170 families served 20 people lined up outside before the store even opened The Foundry had two very successful weekends of The Christmas Store.  The church is providing high quality toys at a very low cost to families in inner Baltimore.  This is their second year of ministering to the community in this way.  It has been such a successful event that the local university wants to book The Christmas Store for their location next year! Volunteer Holly Gray shared what serving at the Christmas Store…

Year End Celebration

“Take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus must have known that his disciples needed to hear those words. Surely they remembered them often to find assurance and hope. Jesus’s statement is still powerful today. Facing a broken world, we can possess the same hope and peace. Jesus has overcome! God has been working powerfully through local churches in the past year. These churches reveal the Kingdom of God in places where His presence is desperately needed. Three new churches celebrated their launches this year: Restoration Church in Philadelphia, Miami Church, and Collective Church in Los Angeles. Dynamic prayer movements and life–changing baptisms are already happening through them….

It’s exciting to see the growth of Mustard Seed Christian Church in Osaka, Japan.  Matthew and Jessica Whelchel, staff members at MSCC share the joys and challenges of planting a church in Japan.  Check out this video of a behind- the -scenes on a Sunday. Keep up the good work, MSCC!    

Introducing The Orlando Project!

Imagine an area bursting with opportunity and growth, attractive to families of diverse backgrounds. Situated in the southeast corner of Orlando, the Lake Nona community is projected triple in population over the next ten years. Churches are continuing to find Florida an important mission field since its growth rate is outpacing most of the country. In fact, Florida has now eclipsed New York as the third largest state in the United States. Also, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of American children under the age of one-year-old belonged to minority groups. Florida reflects this race and ethnicity…

Collective Church Launch

from Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment I was bristling with excitement as I saw the sign for “Collective Church Parking” and drove into the lot at University High School on the Westside of Los Angeles. Today was the culmination of 13 months of prayer meetings, core group development, and ground work that church planters Casey Fritz and Lorenzo Smith have been doing to launch Collective Church. Volunteers were busy setting up refreshments, children’s ministry workers were adjusting signage, musicians were rehearsing, and tech volunteers were troubleshooting lights and projectors. I was able to give a quick hug and hello to…

Miami Church in Florida celebrated launch Sunday! Renaissance Church in NYC and Renewal Church in Chicago each celebrated 1 year.  Autumn is an exciting time as we celebrate the launch of new churches and birthdays of established churches.  

Orchard East Retreat

Every year, we get together with our East Coast teams to worship, encourage each other, and to “spur one another on to good deeds.”  We love these people! Each one is the face of someone who loves Jesus and loves the people in their city.