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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…

Redemption Church

Planting churches is exciting work. Seeing those churches grow into thriving, fruitful communities is rewarding beyond measure! A recent visit to Redemption Church in the heart of San Francisco revealed a community of people committed to God, each other, and living out the gospel in their city.  One attendee commented, “The gospel is what kept me coming back. No matter what the sermon is, Christ is the centerpiece.”  Redemption brings to mind the words of the apostle John, when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Watching Redemption launch, grow,…

A Gospel for Everyone

by Nick Parsons, Director of Development San Francisco is associated with a lot of things. For some it is the Gold Rush, the Beat Generation and the Hippie Movement. For others it is the Golden Gate Bridge, trolley cars and rows upon rows of narrow Victorian houses. More recently San Francisco has become associated with tech startups, expensive housing and $4 artisanal toast—which is delightful, I might add. One association looms large in the minds of many Americans—San Francisco as the “Gay Mecca.” It is easy to understand why. No city has a richer history of LGBT communities, political action…

Orchard Group West

Five years ago Orchard Group’s vision expanded from the northeast to include specific urban areas in the west.  It started as a vision.  Now it is reality! God has opened one door after another for new faith communities.  Last month leaders from our Orchard Group West churches got together in Park City, Utah. Missio Dei Community, Salt Lake City New City Church, Phoenix Mission Church, Ventura, CA Redemption Church, San Francisco Renewal Church, Chicago Four years ago, none of these churches existed!  Now they are reaching over 2,700 people combined.    Missio Dei Community in Salt Lake City was the…

Ask The Missional Pastor #2: Training your people to be “on mission”

New churches are one of the most effective ways to reach people with the gospel.  However, we should not assume that evangelism will automatically happen in every church plant. We’ve asked some of our lead planters how their churches are living missionally and how they are training their people to think missionally. How do you envision your people living “on mission” in your city?  Kyle Costello, Missio Dei Community Church: The simple vision for living with and serving our neighbors is wrapped up in our Celebrate and Serve concept (more on that later). This is part of our core idea…

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Last Sunday, Redemption Church in San Francisco had their first meeting in the lobby of their new space.  They are doing construction on the main part of the building. It was packed out and their biggest service to date! Congratulations, Redemption.  Looking forward to seeing the good things to come!

Ask The Missional Pastor: What Do You Do With The Kids?

Churches in the last 50 years have moved towards age-specific worship and learning.  A chasm is growing between youth and adult church experiences and many churches are intentionally incorporating youth back into congregational life. So we asked our pastors who lead missional communities: How do you incorporate younger members into the life of the church? In the worship service: Chris Travis, Everyday Church: In our worship services, we have separate, age-appropriate experiences for kids, like many other churches you might visit. Having a separate adult/kid experience frees us to really encourage people to do stuff together, as a family, in…