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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…

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story! Ps 107:2 Kenneth and Shanika Hart share how God has led them to start a new church in Central Harlem.  From the simple prayer, “Jesus, if you’re real, change my life,” God has transformed Kenneth and given him a new purpose for his talents. Be encouraged by Kenneth and Shanika’s stories of coming to know Jesus and growing in faith.

Introducing The Central Harlem Project

Kenneth Hart is a Harlem native. Raised in New York City, Kenny grew up believing he would one day escape and move on to greener pastures. He was a talented athlete, and baseball provided that opportunity. Upon graduation from high school, Kenny exchanged the streets of the city for the fields of the Midwest when he received a full baseball scholarship. Kenny shares, “It was there, alone, isolated, and away from the hustle and bustle of the city that Jesus found me and rescued me.” Kenny continued to excel at baseball, but a new dream was stirring in his heart. When…

Over a period of years, Jordan Rice became increasingly convicted about the need for spiritual growth and change in Harlem.  He left behind his law career to study theology and entered a training program for church planting.  A year and a half ago, he led the launch of Renaissance Church in Harlem, NYC.  The church is now a thriving faith community! We’re thrilled that Jordan is a part of the Orchard Group family. photos from Renaissance Church’s launch Sunday: For over 60 years, Orchard Group has been launching churches in places like Harlem. The Global Cities Initiative continues this important work,…

Renaissance Church Launches in Harlem

On September 21, over 200 people gathered to worship and learn about Renaissance Church!  Lead pastor Jordan Rice made a clear call to the gospel being central to the church’s identity, and how they minister and serve in their community.

Launch Sunday in Harlem!

It’s an exciting weekend for Renaissance Church! Launch Sunday is 2 days away. If you’re in NYC, come out to Harlem to show them support. Everyone, everywhere can pray for God’s presence to be moving in mighty ways through this new church community.

From lawyer to minster Hear the story of Jordan Rice, lead planter of Renaissance Church, and the people who are helping to get this church started in the fall! Please pray for Renaissance, Harlem and the leaders of this new church. video credit to Matthew Kern

Church Planters Series

Everyday Christian Church has 4 top-notch church planters speaking this summer.  That’s a lot of good speaking in one place!  Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and give these guys a listen.  Aaron Brockett is on our Board of Directors and is the lead pastor of Trader’s Point Christian Church.  Jordan Rice is the lead planter for Renaissance Church in Harlem and Watson Jones, III is the lead planter for Restoration Church in Philadelphia.

5 Things I’m Learning While Planting

My team and I have been planting this church in Harlem for the last six months, and by the grace of God we’re growing.  We’re at/near all of our goals, and it’s been one of the most nauseating roller coasters of growth and defeat I’ve ever been on. While I’m loving the journey, it’s far different than what I expected it to be. I’ve had dozens of conversations with pastors and church planters about what to expect, and while those conversations benefited me greatly, none fully prepared me for the pressures and fears I experience on a semi-regular basis. No…

Spring Growth and New Churches

Winter still has its grip on much of the country, but spring is surely not far away.  The shoots of tender plants are hidden by snow in New York City, but within a few weeks the buds on the trees will break open, blanketing the city and its parks with riotous color.   The new growth and barely visible shoots are hopeful signs similar to our church plants in the early stages of development.  Future progress and health of new church communities is already visible in places like Amsterdam and Harlem. Gerko Templeman is doing background work for a potential…