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Meet The Mercados

THE WILMINGTON INITIATIVE Marcos and Amarillis Mercado have a vision to see a new church emerge in the heart of Wilmington, the largest city in the state of Delaware. The Mercados bring a wealth of ministry experience having served in Northeast cities including New York City and Philadelphia for twenty years. Because they are bi-lingual, the Mercados have impacted thousands of people in both English and Spanish. A new church in Wilmington is a great opportunity for the Gospel. 53% of the population claims no religious affiliation of any kind. Wilmington is also an ethnically diverse city. The population is…

Launch Sunday- The Gathering in Harlem

It’s just the beginning for The Gathering in Harlem.  Their launch Sunday was filled with energy and excitement with over 260 people.  Lead pastor Kenneth Hart preached powerfully from Luke 5 on being a “church for the unchurched.”   Jesus was proclaimed and at least one person made a personal decision to follow him!  Thank you to everyone who has donated to and prayed for this project.  Thank you to the churches who are sending volunteers and teams to support. We can’t wait to see what God will do in Harlem through this new church. Get a glimpse of Launch…

Redemption Church

Planting churches is exciting work. Seeing those churches grow into thriving, fruitful communities is rewarding beyond measure! A recent visit to Redemption Church in the heart of San Francisco revealed a community of people committed to God, each other, and living out the gospel in their city.  One attendee commented, “The gospel is what kept me coming back. No matter what the sermon is, Christ is the centerpiece.”  Redemption brings to mind the words of the apostle John, when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Watching Redemption launch, grow,…

2017 Venture – Church Planting Update

 Wondering what we’re up to this year? Here’s a good place to find out:

Leaving a Trace

July 16, will be a celebratory day for Trace Church in Colorado Springs, CO. It will be the first Sunday in their new worship space. Over the summer, Trace volunteers have donated time and money (over $50,000!) to renovate a new building that will position the church to better reach and love the people of their city. This generosity is remarkable because Trace Church is less than one year old! Trace launched in September of 2016 under the leadership of Aaron and Emily Pennington. Aaron is originally from Kentucky, where he practiced as a fitness professional and was part owner…

Five Factors To Selecting A Church Planting Facility

From Brent Storms, President and CEO One of the biggest challenges of starting a church in a center city or urban context is finding the right facility for Sunday gatherings. Space is limited. Landlords are skeptical. Prices are (often) outrageous. One example of the challenges: hotly contested lawsuits have bounced from court to court regarding whether or not churches should be allowed to rent New York City public schools for religious services. Some churches have been in public schools and then out and now back in again as a result. Orchard Group is focused on planting churches in New York…

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…

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…

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…

Our Story

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A little behind-the-scenes of Orchard Group from Brent and Rhesa Storms.  We’re grateful for church planting partners like Southeast Christian Church, who has been a strong partner of several new churches, including Renaissance Church and Epiphany Brooklyn, both seen in the video. New churches depend on established churches like Southeast who are willing to invest in them.