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Church Planting Podcast #5: Hiring and Staffing

  Four church planting leaders discuss what they’ve learned (and mistakes they’ve made!) when hiring staff. Podcast highlights include: 2:21 Mike asks, “What did your staff look like at launch?” 11:38 Josh shares his experience of hiring people that didn’t work out as staff members, and the value of hiring people from within 21:00 “What qualities do you look for when you hire?” (including Carl’s “Car Test” at 24:30) 29:00 Aaron explains how Restore Church uses the Ephesians 4 model of leadership, along with tension that can arise from personality differences 31:45 From the more established churches, “What advice would…

Orchard Group Podcast #4: Serving in the Community

  Whatever you do for the least of these, you also do for me. -Jesus These words set a high standard for those of us who follow Jesus and work in churches! Today’s discussion will center around how several different churches live out the calling to serve Jesus and be a visible gospel in their communities. Highlights of the discussion: 7:51 Chris asks, “What is the right kind of posture to have in serving?” 10:00 Brad, “Sometimes we take people’s dignity in the way we serve them.” 14:13 Jonathan, “If a church isn’t serving, then it is not living out the gospel.” 14:49 What…

Few things matter in a church plant as much as the preaching. Four communicators from new churches talk about how they improve their preaching, and how you can, too. Highlights include (although really, set aside time to listen to the whole thing- it’s worth it): 7:10 Brian Moll asks,  “How do you keep your messages Christ centered AND fresh when you’re often speaking to the same people from week to week?” 10:47 From Brian Kruckenberg, on how a traditional gospel presentation is a renewal of hope for long time believers and an introduction of hope for first time hearers. 20:00 On knowing…

Orchard Group has a long history of planting healthy, vibrant churches.  As interest in church planting grows, we’re sharing with new planters what we’ve learned over the years. Our second podcast continues the conversation regarding worship: How do you plan services, be sensitive to your community and find what works in new churches? Today’s podcast features: Ben Grace, Worship and Arts Pastor. Forefront Church, Brooklyn NY Matt Murphy, Associate Pastor Revolution Church, Annapolis, MD Nathan Winstead, Worship Pastor Everyday Christian Church, New York, NY PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 6:51 Leading from behind the scenes, and training and equipping your volunteers to lead up front…

Worship in the New Church: Church Planting Podcast #1

Orchard Group Podcast: Worship in the New Church Orchard Group has a long history of planting healthy, vibrant churches.  As interest in church planting grows, we’re sharing with new planters what we’ve learned over the years. First up: how do you plan services, be sensitive to your community and find what works in a new church? Today’s podcast features: Ben Grace, Forefront Church in Brooklyn, NY Ben Alston, Mosaic Christian Church in Elkridge, MD Mike DeSelm, Legacy Christian Church in Lehigh Valley, PA PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS 5:29 Getting involved at a church plant and recruiting local musicians (including high schoolers from a…