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Louis & Yolandi Scheepers, both South Africans, will lead a new church in Cape Town this year. Get a glimpse of the calling God has placed on their hearts to unite people in Jesus.  The book of Acts informs us that Jesus united people from all backgrounds to come together to form His church.  May that also happen in South Africa! Start this new church in Cape Town The Cape Town Project is part of Orchard Group’s Global Cities Initiative. With your help, we are planting 10 new churches in 10 global cities over the next 5 years. And you can help…

CITY SIMILARITIES

From Luke Greer As I stepped from the platform into the car, the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of the subway assaulted my senses: a suit-wearing executive barked orders on his iPhone before losing coverage, teens sporting Yankees caps and loosely-laced Nikes slap-knuckled one another in greeting, a beggar entered from an adjacent car jingling his donation cup, most folks read books and screens strategically avoiding eye contact, and white earbuds blasted loud enough for all of us to sing along to Coldplay. This wasn’t New York City. This was a typical ride on the subway in Mexico City. It…

There are 60,000 people in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris. And one evangelical church. The need for the gospel is great! Etienne Koning will lead a new church in Paris in the coming year.  In this video, he has a conversation with Steve Meyers of Real Life Church in California about what led him to lead a church plant.  Real Life is a supporting church of the Paris Project. Start this new church in Paris The Paris Project is part of Orchard Group’s Global Cities Initiative. With your help, we are planting 10 new churches in 10 global cities over the next…

Introducing the Lagos Project

Lagos is a city of superlatives: With more than 20 million inhabitants, it’s not only the largest city in the country of Nigeria, it’s the largest city on the continent of Africa. Its industries form the centerpiece of Africa’s largest economy. Its booming media studios are producing films at such a rate that it has earned the nickname “Nollywood.” Fortune magazine recently called it “The Big Apple of Africa.” And with 600,000 people a year moving there, Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in history.   Femi Osunnuyi grew up in the heart of Lagos. After discovering a…

Epiphany Church Launch Sunday

A beautiful start for Epiphany Church in Brooklyn! A crowd gathered before the service, visiting and enjoying goodies made by bakers in the church. Once the service began, people trickled in until the place was packed. Gabe Katz welcomed everyone to launch Sunday. Dr. Eric Mason prayed for the new church and Brandon Watts. People read from the Word – “old” style…. ….and new! Please keep Epiphany Church in your prayers as they join Jesus in His work in Brooklyn.  If you would like to financially support this church, you can do so at this page.

Want to Change Culture? Live in a City

from Greg Hubbard, Director of Operations Many people are watching the emerging U.S. presidential races with keen interest (or dismay). We are concerned about the state of our culture. We long for a positive future. If only we could elect a leader who would do something about all the things we fear about the world around us! While we could hope to influence culture via political processes, I’m intrigued by Timothy Keller’s words: Keller is an advocate for church planting in city centers because of the tremendous cultural influence that flows from such places. This is nothing new. Centuries before…

Collective Church – A People Who Pray

Collective Church is not “a place where” but “a people who.” They are most definitely a people who pray together!  From the very beginning, the leaders of Collective built a foundation of seeking God’s direction in prayer.  Recently, Collective Church prayed for Brent Storms, Orchard Group, and the new churches that will be started through the Global Cities Initiative. Collective Church meets on Sundays at the University High School in Los Angeles. Photos from Collective Church’s service: Brent Storms, President and CEO of Orchard Group, shares the vision for the Global Cities Initiative. Lorenzo Smith and Casey Fritz, lead planters…

Kaley Puckett had initial reservations about church planting.  Over time, she became excited about the idea.  With the support of Orchard Group, Derrick and Kaley planted Renewal Church in Chicago!

Searching For Church

Through the Global Cities Initiative, Orchard Group will start churches in some of the most populated cities in the world.  Why does this matter?  Six years ago, Mustard Seed Christian Church was launched in Nagoya, Japan.  Lyndsey Eubanks is on that team, and she shares: “I have been blown away by the number of people who have walked through our door on a Sunday for the first time because they googled ‘church’ and found us.  Many of these people have never been to a church before, but God has been working in their hearts and they are hungry and searching for truth. …

We’ve Been Learning For A Long Time

from Brent Storms, President and CEO Orchard Group has been starting churches in and around New York City since 1948. That means a lot of organizational learning from trial and error, failures and successes. Three visionary leaders preceded me as President. Hundreds of board members have exercised sharp minds to refine the mission, values and practices of our ministry. Organizationally, we’ve been learning for a long time. It may be a cliché to say we are standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. It’s true. Today, our four executive leaders utilize decades of our own personal…