News

Over the last few years, The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been informally named “Giving Tuesday.”  The day was promoted via social media to encourage people to think charitably after the consumer-driven Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  The idea has grown rapidly.  Last year, $117 million was raised for charities in over 50 countries. On this Giving Tuesday, we are saying, “Thank you” to all of our donors and supporters who make new church planting possible.  Your support is making a difference! New gospel-centered communities are being created in Miami, Cape Town, Paris, Harlem, Lagos, and Brooklyn.  People are responding to Jesus…

Below The Waterline

If you visit New York City and have a day to spare, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views of Manhattan and Brooklyn are spectacular. The bridge is an engineering marvel. When it was built, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Several controversies surrounded the landmark during its construction in the late 1800s. As the foundations on the Brooklyn side soared 100 feet into the air, on the Manhattan side, nothing was visible. People grumbled. Charges of fraud and deceit filled the newspapers. Long before Twitter and Facebook, the public outcry grew to a roar….

Femi Osunnayi is leading the Lagos Project, a new church in Nigeria. Lagos is a vital and strategic city in Africa. Watch the video to hear more about the project. You can also donate to the project here.

Cape Town is a beautiful city of 3.7 million in the metro area.  Louis and Yolandi Scheepers are leading a new church plant to reach people in South Africa with the gospel of Jesus.  You can join them by committing to pray for them and giving to the project.  Find out more at http://www.orchardgroup.org/church/capetown/

East & West

7. Oct | TAGS:

East & West

For sixty years, Orchard Group helped start new churches exclusively in the northeastern United States. Six years ago, we helped start a new church in Salt Lake City, UT. Since then, six more churches have been started out west. Those churches reach thousands every Sunday and many have come to know Jesus through them. We did not envision today’s growth when we started that first church! God’s vision was greater than we could foresee. This week, we led two simultaneous retreats for our most recent church planting teams -one on the east coast, and one on the west. The sun…

Mike and Jodi Hickerson at Mission Church in Ventura, California have been amazed at how people’s lives are changing as a result of hearing the gospel.

Introducing The Central Harlem Project

Kenneth Hart is a Harlem native. Raised in New York City, Kenny grew up believing he would one day escape and move on to greener pastures. He was a talented athlete, and baseball provided that opportunity. Upon graduation from high school, Kenny exchanged the streets of the city for the fields of the Midwest when he received a full baseball scholarship. Kenny shares, “It was there, alone, isolated, and away from the hustle and bustle of the city that Jesus found me and rescued me.” Kenny continued to excel at baseball, but a new dream was stirring in his heart. When…

Summer Fun And Youth Opportunities

One of the beautiful pictures in the Gospels is of little children hovering around Jesus. Perhaps they were begging, “Just one more, Jesus! Throw the ball one more time! Tell one more story!” insistent in the way only small children can be. Of course the disciples are nearby, because there were important things to do. Deadlines to meet, people to see, speeches to give. Yet Jesus knew the importance of including children in God’s Kingdom. The future rests with them. It is encouraging to see new churches being intentional about the health and development of youth. Throughout the summer, churches…

What if Christians were known for throwing great parties- no strings attached?  That has become the DNA of Mission Church.  They have gained a reputation for loving people with openness and grace.  Each summer, they host several Free Friday Flicks in a local park with movies, face painting, snacks- and no sermon at the end.  Mission also regularly hosts A Night To Remember, a dance for special needs youth and their families.  This night has become a city-wide event. In the gospels, we often find Jesus at a wedding or dinner party.  He often mentions celebrations in his stories.  What if…

Kyle Costello, lead planter of Missio Dei Community in Salt Lake City, has a unique challenge and opportunity by starting a church in a city with a very young demographic. Many people are new to the city, which means that the church members have become family to each other over the years. photos from Missio Dei: For over 60 years, Orchard Group has been launching churches in cities. The Global Cities Initiative continues this important work, and you can help. Not only are you starting other churches like Missio Dei Community, you’re starting churches in influential cities that are committed to planting other…