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The Church Of Today

“Children are not the church of the future. They are the church of today.” A ministry leader at a summer conference made this comment. How tempting it can be to view children in the church as add-ons to the “real” work of the church! That inclination is not new. Jesus’s disciples tried to prevent young ones from distracting him, thinking that he had more important things to do. Yet Jesus stopped and encouraged the children to get close because they, too, belong to God’s Kingdom (Matthew 19:14). Healthy, growing church plants treat youth as indispensable parts of the body, training…

2017 Venture – Church Planting Update
Meet Jema From Renaissance Church

“Walking into a church again was uncomfortable.” Meet Jema from Renaissance Church in NYC Jema appeared to have it all: great friends and family, a good job in a world-class city.  She did everything she could to feel complete and happy yet something was missing.  Jema admits that she had destructive behaviors that were keeping her from addressing her hurts and wounds.  The pursuit of success was a distraction keeping her from finding her true purpose in life. Aware of some deep needs that needed addressing, Jema went to Renaissance Church. But attending church felt awkward at first.  Jema decided…

Leaving a Trace

This Sunday, July 16, will be a celebratory day for Trace Church in Colorado Springs, CO. It will be the first Sunday in their new worship space. Over the summer, Trace volunteers have donated time and money (over $50,000!) to renovate a new building that will position the church to better reach and love the people of their city. This generosity is remarkable because Trace Church is less than one year old! Trace launched in September of 2016 under the leadership of Aaron and Emily Pennington. Aaron is originally from Kentucky, where he practiced as a fitness professional and was…

Meet Ms. Carol from Epiphany Brooklyn

“When I first came to this country from St. Kitts, I didn’t have any family here– it was just me and my husband. Four months after I had my daughter, I started to feel such loneliness because I had no one to talk to. So I started looking for a church. Sometimes, I think that I could’ve turned to other things like drugs and alcohol, but I think the loneliness really made me reach out to God. And also for my daughter, she is a big blessing– a very, very big blessing. We have a good relationship, not just our…

Meet Jordan

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Meet Jordan

From Brent Storms, President/CEO I’m delighted to announce that Orchard Group will be adding a new staff member to our team. Jordan Rice has agreed to become our Regional Director for New York City. We couldn’t be happier to have his help as we plant more churches here in America’s largest and most influential city. Jordan is a native New Yorker who grew up playing basketball in Harlem. He committed his life to Christ in college and started leading Bible studies with his basketball teammates and friends. After completing a law degree he worked as an attorney in New York…

Meet Kevin from Collective Church

“I was treating church like spiritual TED talks.” Meet Kevin from Collective Church in Los Angeles Kevin was raised in a Christian home but admits it meant little to him growing up. In college, his faith became a bigger part of his life and he knew he wanted to join a local church. This led to a time of seeking, where Kevin describes, “I was sort of church shopping. Church smorgasbord-ing. I’d go here and there, where I felt Good. I’d want a good buzzy high.” The more Kevin reflected on his behavior, he felt God challenging him to see…

Meet Tony From Mission Church

“Mission Church is God handing me a cup of coffee every week.” ☕️ Meet Tony from Mission Church in Ventura, CA. Tony joined Mission because he saw God doing something special through the church. Mission is known throughout their city as a place of grace, hospitality, and fun. (They like to throw parties!) Tony, who has followed Jesus for many years, is delighted to see new people coming to Mission all the time. “It’s not by accident that every service is packed,” he says, “Grace is preached here.” Each week’s teaching is helpful in an immediate way, applicable to live…

Meet Emiola From Renewal Church

“Chicago is an extremely diverse city but it’s very segregated space.” Meet Emiola from Renewal Church in Chicago. Emiola was born in Chicago and grew up in London and Nigeria.  When she returned to Chicago for college, she was surprised and dismayed at the palpable tension in the city.  The move was made even more difficult because she had no family in the city.  Emiola started attending Renewal Church just over a year ago.  Emiola wanted to be a part of a group who would truly know her.  Quickly she felt that Renewal was the right place.  She explained, “It…

Post- Easter Roundup!

23, 552 That’s the number of people who attended on Easter Sunday at a church started in the last twenty years with the help of Orchard Group. Among that number are individual stories of people who have heard the good news of Jesus for the first time, people who have found a family they can belong to, stories of renewal and second chances, stories of working in God’s Kingdom. 734 That’s the number of those people who were baptized last year! Several churches, including Collective Church (pictured below) celebrated baptisms on Easter Sunday.  What a perfect way to visually represent the new life…