The Manhattan Project

In New York City, young professionals face pressure to find their identity in their work, in their abilities, in their educational status, and in their relationships. Russel Rader, lead planter of the Manhattan Project shares, “Many people in the city are lonely, overworked, and lacking community. Katie and I believe that despite the trends that the west is becoming increasingly secular, people do want to talk about God and are asking questions about our meaning and purpose as humans.” Russel felt a clear call to full-time ministry when he was 14, although at the time he had no idea what…

The Long Island Project

Orchard Group will back church planter Lou and Allie Pizzichillo, who will lead the Long Island Project in 2020. Lou said, “We believe that when people see God for who He truly is, they’ll find God irresistible. We want the people of Long Island to understand God as a Father who is radically in love with his children and the Savior who will stop at nothing to win their hearts.” Growing up on Long Island, Lou spent most of his years resisting a god whom he perceived as harsh, judgmental, and angry. It was in college that he was introduced…

Spring Growth

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Spring Growth

One of the pictures Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of God was of a mustard seed.  The Bible often uses gardening or farming illustrations to reveal the nature of the gospel, showing how God is at work in the world.  God can bring life even in the most barren of places. Just as much of the northern hemisphere is waking from the winter chill and new life is beginning to blossom in the spring, growth and new life is evident at many of our churches! Putting down roots Mosaic Church in Baltimore threw a big 10th Anniversary party, celebrating…

Mission City Church

Sunday was a day of energy and excitement at Mission City Church in Santa Barbara, CA.  Mission City is a church plant that launched in the fall of 2017. “Church planting” is an evocative phrase to describe the start of a new church. It implies an organic process that involves growth, fertile soil, and God’s involvement. God is certainly working in Santa Barbara through Mission City. They are off to a good start, with weekly services, smaller groups meeting in homes, and celebrating their first baptisms. From meetings in living rooms to renting out space, to launch Sunday and beyond,…

Race & Immigration: A Gospel Conversation

Each year, Renewal Church in Chicago hosts a conversation centered on how the gospel impacts issues around racial identity. This year, they expanded the conversation to include how Jesus followers can think about immigration. Renewal is committed to living out the gospel in Chicago, crossing boundaries and becoming a multi-ethnic reflection of the Kingdom of God. Take time to listen. RACE & IMMIGRATION: A GOSPEL CONVERSATION Lead pastor of Renewal Church Derrick Puckett Listen to a past Gospel & Race Conversation  

No SLO-ing Down

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No SLO-ing Down

It’s thrilling to see a group of people grow into a movement that will build a new church! The San Luis Obispo (SLO) Project, led by Brent & Jenna Bramer, is gathering momentum towards a launch in the fall. Brent shared, “On February 17th we were able to gather together for the very first time as a launch team. We spent time getting to know one another, worshipping together, and discussing the vision and mission of SLO City Church.  We want to be a group of people that live the way of Jesus – a church that’s for one another and for…

2018 Orchard Group Annual Report

Church Planting Retreat

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Church Planting Retreat

Spending time with these church planting leaders in Miami is the highlight of the Orchard Group calendar. They serve their people and their communities with tireless effort, humble sacrifice, and a clear call to serve God. Getting away together is a chance to reconnect, relax, and laugh.  God is good.

A Far Better Savior

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A Far Better Savior

From Jessica Rice Renaissance Church in New York City I don’t think it’s presumptive to say we all like the feeling of being helpful and feeling as though we make a difference in other people’s lives. We like the idea of someone standing on an award stage and declaring that they couldn’t have done it without us. We like the idea of changing the world with our actions. We like finding the solution. We like the idea of being the hero. When we started our church four years ago, I had big dreams of how God would transform lives. I…

Church Planting: Putting People In Leadership

From Brian Kruckenberg New City Church in Phoenix, Arizona During Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign, Clinton’s entertaining and often polarizing lead campaign advisor, James Carville, boiled down the strategy to one, now infamous, and often repeated, slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid.” While there were many important aspects to running a successful campaign, Carville believed that the state of the economy was first, second, and third in order of importance to the American people. His instincts were right. Clinton successfully defeated the incumbent George H.W. Bush in an electoral landslide.  I can relate. As a church planter and leader of a…