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Meet Ms. Carol from Epiphany Brooklyn

“When I first came to this country from St. Kitts, I didn’t have any family here– it was just me and my husband. Four months after I had my daughter, I started to feel such loneliness because I had no one to talk to. So I started looking for a church. Sometimes, I think that I could’ve turned to other things like drugs and alcohol, but I think the loneliness really made me reach out to God. And also for my daughter, she is a big blessing– a very, very big blessing. We have a good relationship, not just our…

Meet Jordan

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Meet Jordan

From Brent Storms, President/CEO I’m delighted to announce that Orchard Group will be adding a new staff member to our team. Jordan Rice has agreed to become our Regional Director for New York City. We couldn’t be happier to have his help as we plant more churches here in America’s largest and most influential city. Jordan is a native New Yorker who grew up playing basketball in Harlem. He committed his life to Christ in college and started leading Bible studies with his basketball teammates and friends. After completing a law degree he worked as an attorney in New York…

Meet Kevin from Collective Church

“I was treating church like spiritual TED talks.” Meet Kevin from Collective Church in Los Angeles Kevin was raised in a Christian home but admits it meant little to him growing up. In college, his faith became a bigger part of his life and he knew he wanted to join a local church. This led to a time of seeking, where Kevin describes, “I was sort of church shopping. Church smorgasbord-ing. I’d go here and there, where I felt Good. I’d want a good buzzy high.” The more Kevin reflected on his behavior, he felt God challenging him to see…

Meet Tony

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Meet Tony

“Mission Church is God handing me a cup of coffee every week.” ☕️ Meet Tony from Mission Church in Ventura, CA. Tony joined Mission because he saw God doing something special through the church. Mission is known throughout their city as a place of grace, hospitality, and fun. (They like to throw parties!) Tony, who has followed Jesus for many years, is delighted to see new people coming to Mission all the time. “It’s not by accident that every service is packed,” he says, “Grace is preached here.” Each week’s teaching is helpful in an immediate way, applicable to live…

Meet Emiola

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Meet Emiola

“Chicago is an extremely diverse city but it’s very segregated space.” Meet Emiola from Renewal Church in Chicago. Emiola was born in Chicago and grew up in London and Nigeria.  When she returned to Chicago for college, she was surprised and dismayed at the palpable tension in the city.  The move was made even more difficult because she had no family in the city.  Emiola started attending Renewal Church just over a year ago.  Emiola wanted to be a part of a group who would truly know her.  Quickly she felt that Renewal was the right place.  She explained, “It…

Post- Easter Roundup!

23, 552 That’s the number of people who attended on Easter Sunday at a church started in the last twenty years with the help of Orchard Group. Among that number are individual stories of people who have heard the good news of Jesus for the first time, people who have found a family they can belong to, stories of renewal and second chances, stories of working in God’s Kingdom. 734 That’s the number of those people who were baptized last year! Several churches, including Collective Church (pictured below) celebrated baptisms on Easter Sunday.  What a perfect way to visually represent the new life…

Renewal Church, Chicago

Renewal Church in Chicago recently relocated to a high school on the west side of Chicago.  The move allowed them to stay in the neighborhood while also providing them room for growth.  It was a good idea – after adding a second service, the church quickly doubled in attendance after the move!  Check out a typical Sunday at Renewal:

Church planting’s purpose, potential, and power

From Attalia Paul and Barnabas sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Then… In Acts 14, the first-century urban church planters, Paul and Barnabas, gather together members from a partnering congregation to celebrate the accomplished work of new churches planted and new believers baptized. The preceding verses tell more of the story: despite the cost of much…

Meet Olga From Miami Church

“I was having a difficult time last summer. One morning, I woke up and told myself I could not do this alone anymore.” Meet Olga from Miami Church Olga moved to Miami for work and school. While she had attended church as a child, she said, “I just never felt connected to a group of people who I can learn about Jesus with.” Changes that she could not control made her reevaluate her life. She could no longer hide her stress and anxiety and wanted to find a church for support. She and her husband found Miami Church via a…

New Space For MSCC – Osaka!

Mustard Seed Christian Church met for the last two years in the YMCA in Osaka, Japan.  The YMCA facilitated the church’s growth to this point, but now a new facility has been found that will allow the church to grow even further!  According to lead pastor Jay Greer, the new space is: BIG.  There will be enough space to hold 200 people per service. CONVENIENT. The new space will be within walking distance of the 4th busiest station in the world. VISIBLE. Leasing the space comes with a large billboard that faces the road and train lines. AFFORDABLE. While the…