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

21. Feb | TAGS:

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

14. Jan | TAGS:

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

18. Dec | TAGS: ,

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…

Church Planting and Moving with a Core Group

by Kyle Costello Missio Dei Community, Salt Lake City Six months before my wife and I moved to plant our church, the lead pastor of the church where I was on staff publicly announced our plans. He didn’t just mention the church plant and our future move from Portland to Salt Lake City. He invited anyone who was willing to help start a church to move with us. Throughout those six months, he and other staff and elders would encourage people to go with us. I would hear a timid knock at my office door and someone, often someone I…

Building God’s Kingdom or Clinging to Mine

By Ty Watts, Epiphany Church in Brooklyn, New York I find it hard to admit when I am wrong. Maybe because I’m usually always right – or at least I try and convince myself that I am.  However, I can look back at one particular moment in my marriage when my ideals got dramatically reversed. One evening my husband walked into the house as I was preparing dinner and announced with excitement, “Well, I think we should prayerfully consider relocating to the city to begin the church planting process.” I immediately tensed up and blurted out a quick sarcastic remark and…

South India Project

7. Nov | TAGS:

Rajiv grew up in a Hindu immigrant family in the United States. While he attained financial and business success as an adult, Rajiv felt something was missing. In Jesus, Rajiv found what he was searching for. Rajiv and his wife Sarah sold everything ten years ago to move to India with their three children to start a new church. The city where they live is cosmopolitan. With a population of 9.5 million, only 5% claim Christian faith. It also has the second highest suicide rate in the country. There is a great need for the gospel to be shared here. God…