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SAN LUIS OBISPO PROJECT

2. Aug | TAGS:

SAN LUIS OBISPO PROJECT

One in twelve Americans lives in California. While 18th Century Spanish missions may dot the landscape, nearly one-third of the people in the state are “nones” – men and women who have no religious affiliation whatsoever. Because new churches are one of the most effective ways to reach new people with the gospel of Jesus, there is a need for church planting here! Orchard Group’s work in California started in 2011 with MISSION CHURCH in Ventura. Mission has become a recognizable presence in its city, baptizing over 500 people since their launch. This fall, Mission will move into a new…

Pro Deo Church Update

12. Jul | TAGS:

Pro Deo Church Update

PRO DEO CHURCH has exciting possibilities ahead as they look for a new venue with Sunday morning availability in downtown Cape Town.  Lead pastor Louis Scheepers envisions a place where Pro Deo could host services in two languages.  Louis has noticed increasing numbers of people moving into the city who primarily speak Afrikaans.  Adding an Afrikaans service to the English service would more effectively reach people with the gospel! Cape Town is an influential city in South Africa. As Louis describes, “It is a place where the apostle Paul would have planted a church.” Will you take a moment today and pray for…

Meet Lawrence Adjah and the Jersey City Project

Lawrence was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Jersey. His parents, Nigerian immigrants and faithful Christians, influenced Lawrence’s early faith. While his childhood church attendance was formative, it was in college while experiencing his own loneliness that Lawrence hungered to connect with other Christians to grow in his faith. Lawrence’s desire to know God as revealed in scripture led him to begin leading a Bible study. This regular study changed Lawrence’s life as it strengthened his own faith. Lawrence studied at Harvard, the University of Texas, and Stanford. His professional career was started in Jersey City, which is…

Hiring Staff

By Brian Kruckenberg, lead planter of New City Church You’ve read the books, gone to school, gone through assessment, raised money, worked and reworked your vision statement, found a place to meet and made it through launch. Congratulations, you’ve planted your church! You thought the most difficult stage was over, right? While the beginning stage of a church plant presents lots of challenges, I’ve found that as your church matures the decisions and leadership pressure only intensifies. It is sort of like raising kids. When they are little it is physically demanding, but once your kids discover a world outside…

Business Books For Church Planters

From Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment Church planters often fall into one of two categories regarding business and leadership books. One group uncritically embraces whatever method sits atop the current bestseller lists. This approach fails to recognize that the secular publishing industry is plagued by faddishness that would embarrass Contemporary Christian Music labels. Many of these books have a shelf life slightly longer than a gallon of whole milk. The other category of pastor fails to engage with any secular content regarding business/ leadership. These leaders pay lip service to a “biblical” way of leading, but too often are relying on their instincts…

The Lord Of Dance

4. Jun | TAGS:

The Lord Of Dance

A ballet school might not be an obvious ministry outreach for most church plants. But when the leaders of MISSIO DEI COMMUNITY in Salt Lake City discovered that several trained ballet dancers were a part of their church, they equipped those dancers to lead a program at the church. Because Salt Lake City has a strong culture of supporting the arts, parents tend to be very active in pursuing art programs for their children. Kid’s Community Ballet (KCB) started 3 years ago as a free introduction to ballet. KCB developed into an opportunity to bring children of various backgrounds together….

LEGAL PITFALLS TO AVOID

“THERE ARE TWO THINGS IN LIFE YOU CAN’T AVOID…” As a church planter or church leader, there are some things we don’t like to think about but, in the end, cannot avoid. I can’t give official legal advice in this forum, but I can point out things that I’ve seen that, just like death and taxes, must be planned for and expected: 1) UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHURCH COULD GET SUED . . . AT ANY TIME It is a bad day when a summons is served. Yet in reality, anyone can sue for any reason. They may not prevail, but they…

Miami Church

3. May | TAGS:

On any given Sunday at Miami Church, 15 different countries will be represented by the people who attend.  Miami as a city is known for its multicultural flair, flashy style, warm weather, and increasingly, for people who say they feel isolated.  Miami Church is a gathering place where many find community. Launched in the fall of 2015, Miami Church has the opportunity to sign a lease on new space that will improve visibility. Over 100,000 cars daily pass the intersection where they will meet! Miami Church’s mission from the beginning has been to “help people find and follow Jesus.”  This space…

Launch Sunday- Delaware Christian Church

New season. New church. New you. Those words marked an amazing launch for Delaware Christian Church (DCC) in the heart of the city of Wilmington. People gathered at a public school auditorium in the midst of the city’s well-known Trolley Square neighborhood on a brilliant spring morning. Lead Planter Marcos Mercado has used the phrase “new season, new church, new you” to welcome people to the new church. Calvin was one of the volunteers at the service. He lives in the city and had been searching for something spiritual.  Often Calvin prayed that someone who could guide him would cross his…

FINDING A FACILITY

From Brent Storms, President and CEO One of the biggest challenges of starting a church in a center city or urban context is finding the right facility for Sunday gatherings. Space is limited. Landlords are skeptical. Prices are (often) outrageous. One example of the challenges: a few years ago, hotly contested lawsuits bounced from court to court regarding whether or not churches should be allowed to rent New York City public schools for religious services. Some churches met in public schools and then moved out and then back in again as a result. Orchard Group is focused on planting churches…