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Restore Church Assists Refugees

In the fall of 2015, photos of Aylan Kurdi made the front pages of papers around the world. The lifeless body of the 3 year old boy, washed up on the beach in Turkey, became a focal point of grief and frustration over the plight of immigrants fleeing conflict in Syria. Half a world away, in Silver Spring, MD, members of Restore Church had been asking themselves how they, as the body of Christ, could extend love to places around the world. Restore launched in the fall of 2012 in Silver Spring, MD under the leadership of Aaron and Karrie…

One Family, Three Church Plants

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 Joe Wilson, pastor at Fork Christian Church in Maryland (FCC), has long been a champion of missions and new churches.  At 120 years old, FCC is a well-established presence in its own community.  But Joe has challenged the people to think globally as well.  FCC currently supports three Orchard Group church plants: Village Church in Buffalo, Revolution Church in Annapolis and The Foundry Church in Baltimore.  Joe states, “As a pastor, if you’re not going to be a planter, then you need…

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…

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…