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Year in Review 2017

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Year in Review 2017

Throughout the year, we’ve listened to and shared stories of individuals from our church plants.  Each person has a unique path to come back to God or a new openness to following Jesus.  From heartbreak to infertility, from discovering that success is illusory or needing a community where diversity is present, each story reveals that God is reaching out to people everywhere. We plant churches because new churches are one of the most effective ways to reach people with the good news of Jesus.  People Matter To God!  Check out the range of stories and be encouraged.

Meet Lauren & Robby from Renewal Church in Chicago

“Chicago is such a diverse city, but we went to so many churches where it was all white or all black. We loved seeing the mix of people at Renewal.” Two years ago, Lauren and Robby were dating and searching for a church where they both felt welcomed. Lauren heard about Renewal through mutual friends and visited. She brought Robby back the next week. “We’ve been here ever since!” Robby exclaimed. Robby and Lauren became a part of the community quickly. Robby admitted, “I don’t make friends easily. But at Renewal I make friends all the time.” The couple started…

Meet Xochitl from Mission Church

A move to a new city, grief over a miscarriage, and struggles with infertility and adoption left Xochitl feeling isolated and alone.  Frustrated dreams brought her to a dark place for months, where she felt discouraged and alone.  She struggled to get outside.  Xochitl decided that it would be good to go to church.  As she said, “Maybe getting to know some other people and getting involved would help.” She and her husband googled churches and visited a few.  But it was a Mission Church postcard, delivered several weeks late and to the wrong address, that got their attention.  Church…

Meet Josephine from Redemption Church

Josephine grew up in a Christian home.  As she attended college, she increasingly felt the tension of living between eastern and western cultures.  She saw her peers leaving the church and began to view the church as unenlightened and oppressive. So Josephine threw herself into the world of startups.  They appeared to be perfect communities: productive, empowering, and full of hardworking people.  As she describes it, “I was intoxicated with the pursuit of self-improvement and the recognition that I hoped would follow.”  The appearance of those perfect communities ultimately proved hollow. Josephine found herself in a place of searching for…

People in cities like New York, San Francisco, Miami, Cape Town, and Osaka are finding and growing closer to God through churches started by Orchard Group. As city populations surge, let’s make sure that churches are growing where people are going! #PeopleMatterToGod

Meet Dylan from Redemption

“When I moved to California, I wanted to find a church. So I did what any millennial would do. I googled ‘church’.” Meet Dylan from Redemption Church in San Francisco Dylan lived in various west coast cities and in Japan.  Church involvement was always a priority, but over a period of years, Dylan felt that his spiritual life was withering.  He decided to give Redemption a try.  From the moment he walked in, he got engaged in a good conversation.  His needs were noted (Dylan uses a wheelchair), but not in a way that uncomfortably drew attention to them. When…

“My name is Maricella.  I believe that Jesus is the Christ and he has saved my life.” Hear Maricella tell her story of faith, forgiveness, and the power of perfect love.  Maricella was baptized at Mission Church in Ventura, CA.

Meet Will from Renewal Church

Will was connected to Renewal Church before it even started. He had played football in college with Derrick Puckett, the lead planter. Will and his wife had been looking for a place for their family to attend. When Derrick articulated his vision for Renewal, Will wanted to get involved. It was the communal aspect that appealed to Will and his family. “The cool ting about Renewal is it is a gospel-centered church in the midst of all this,” Will says while gesturing around at the Chicago skyline behind him. “There’s a community even the midst of the city. I walked…

Meet Jema From Renaissance Church

“Walking into a church again was uncomfortable.” Meet Jema from Renaissance Church in NYC Jema appeared to have it all: great friends and family, a good job in a world-class city.  She did everything she could to feel complete and happy yet something was missing.  Jema admits that she had destructive behaviors that were keeping her from addressing her hurts and wounds.  The pursuit of success was a distraction keeping her from finding her true purpose in life. Aware of some deep needs that needed addressing, Jema went to Renaissance Church. But attending church felt awkward at first.  Jema decided…

Meet Ms. Carol from Epiphany Brooklyn

“When I first came to this country from St. Kitts, I didn’t have any family here– it was just me and my husband. Four months after I had my daughter, I started to feel such loneliness because I had no one to talk to. So I started looking for a church. Sometimes, I think that I could’ve turned to other things like drugs and alcohol, but I think the loneliness really made me reach out to God. And also for my daughter, she is a big blessing– a very, very big blessing. We have a good relationship, not just our…