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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. If you’d like to financially support Etienne and the Paris Project, you can do so here.

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 robust…

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…

What The Church Will Look Like In 2050

“It’s difficult to make predictions, especially if it’s about the future.” – Mark Twain The 1989 film, Back to the Future II, made some incredible predictions about what the year 2015 would look like. The film correctly predicted flat screen televisions, video conferencing, biometric identification and even aerial drones — although they don’t walk our dogs — yet! Unfortunately, we don’t have flying cars, self-lacing shoes, or hoverboards.  We do have cell phones, 3-D printers, and battery powered cars — luckily they are not powered by plutonium via mini nuclear reactors (sorry, no flux capacitors).Let’s face it, predicting the future…

The Paris Project

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The Paris Project

Since the Romans established an outpost on the banks of the Seine two thousand years ago, Paris has captured the attention of the world. For centuries, Paris was the largest city in Europe. The city survived Viking invasions, the Black Plague, periods of extreme income inequality and more than one radical revolution.  After the 2015 terrorist attacks, Paris recaptured international attention. Today, the metropolitan population of Paris is over 12 million people and its global influence is greater than its size. Etienne Koning and his wife Laurence have been sensing God’s call to plant a church in the heart of the…