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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…

City Church Launches in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria is a city unique in the world for its explosive growth. Studies show that it grows by 85 people per hour, faster than London and New York City combined.  Not only is Lagos growing rapidly, it is a religiously binary city; the Muslim and Christian population are split nearly equally.  Femi Osunnuyi, lead planter of City Church, shares that much of the Nigerian Christian population is marked by enthusiasm, but lacks a solid biblical grounding.  The prosperity gospel is the only Christianity many people know. Femi shares, “This environment has created a generation of disillusioned Christians, believers who turn away from faith, and made skeptics…

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…