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29. Mar | TAGS: , ,

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…

A Church Grows in Brooklyn

At the launch of a new church it’s easy to wonder, “Will anybody show up?” Starting a new project is always a risk.  Even after overcoming the initial challenges of gathering a core group of people attending and giving financially, new challenges present themselves.  Epiphany Brooklyn launched in the fall of 2016.  It quickly passed the “will people show up?” stage.  In fact, by their 1st birthday, the main room was getting too packed on Sunday mornings! Last month, the leaders at Epiphany decided to add another service time.  The services quickly grew –  Epiphany’s attendance doubled within the space of a month! In a…

Incubation To Incarnation

For ten days the live feed of April, a pregnant giraffe, has captured the attention of 40 million people around the world. 40 million! Perhaps you’ve seen the news pop up on TV or in your Facebook feed. Funny enough, not much has happened (no sign of a baby as of this writing). It’s been a global exercise in waiting. The excitement surrounding a birth is understandable. Orchard Group experiences that thrill frequently, although the waiting is of a different sort.  Incubation is a fitting description for the pre-launch phase of a new church. This stage of growth (often unseen…

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.

The Brooklyn Project

Following God’s direction can lead to unexpected places. Abram followed God’s call to go, not knowing where it would lead. Jonah heard God’s call to Nineveh, but chose to run from it! Today, God still leads His people to surprising places. Brandon Watts was successful in the corporate world in Philadelphia. Then good job prospects and a promotion offered opportunity for his family to move to the South. Yet neither Brandon nor his wife, Ty, could shake the sense that God wanted a different direction for their lives. After considerable prayer, Brandon and Ty confirmed that God was leading them…