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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…

Celebrating Christ in the Chaos of the City – Lagos, Nigeria

“I’ve never heard anything like this before.” “This is what I’ve been looking for.” “When a friend told me about this place, I had to come see for myself.” These are all verbatim statements made at a preview service at City Church in Lagos, Nigeria.  City Church prepares to launch in January 2017.  Luke Greer (below) had the opportunity to meet the core launch team, to hear their stories, to meet their families, and to hear them say beautiful things about the church. The city of Lagos is extraordinary: 600,000 people moved there last year alone. The sheer magnitude of the…

Below The Waterline

If you visit New York City and have a day to spare, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views of Manhattan and Brooklyn are spectacular. The bridge is an engineering marvel. When it was built, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Several controversies surrounded the landmark during its construction in the late 1800s. As the foundations on the Brooklyn side soared 100 feet into the air, on the Manhattan side, nothing was visible. People grumbled. Charges of fraud and deceit filled the newspapers. Long before Twitter and Facebook, the public outcry grew to a roar….

Femi Osunnuyi is leading the Lagos Project, a new church in Nigeria. Lagos is a vital and strategic city in Africa. Watch the video to hear more about the project. You can also donate to the project here.

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…