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Over a period of years, Jordan Rice became increasingly convicted about the need for spiritual growth and change in Harlem.  He left behind his law career to study theology and entered a training program for church planting.  A year and a half ago, he led the launch of Renaissance Church in Harlem, NYC.  The church is now a thriving faith community! We’re thrilled that Jordan is a part...

Derrick Puckett recognized that many times people won’t come to church, even if they are spiritually seeking.  So Renewal Church in Chicago makes a habit of getting outside the walls of church- whether that’s playing basketball or going to neighborhood celebrations! As a side note, Derrick says, “A lot of people think they can play ball…”  The team at Renewal can...

The story of every church plant is also the story of partnering churches.  New churches get their start with the prayer, personnel and financial support of other churches! Lorenzo Smith of Collective Church in West LA shares of how that support is encouraging to a new church.  Collective Church is one year old. Lorenzo has shared online about how moving it is to be on the receiving end of...

Scott Ancarrow faced an early challenge when he led a church plant in Baltimore- finding the right facility. Where a new church meets, especially in city centers, dramatically affects who is able to come, and whether or not new people will be able to find it! Fortunately, Foundry Church was able to secure a great location downtown (with harbor views even!) where they will be able to grow into...

Kyle Costello, lead planter of Missio Dei Community in Salt Lake City, has a unique challenge and opportunity by starting a church in a city with a very young demographic. Many people are new to the city, which means that the church members have become family to each other over the years. photos from Missio Dei: For over 60 years, Orchard Group has been launching churches in cities. The Global...

What if Christians were known for throwing great parties- no strings attached?  That has become the DNA of Mission Church.  They have gained a reputation for loving people with openness and grace.  Each summer, they host several Free Friday Flicks in a local park with movies, face painting, snacks- and no sermon at the end.  Mission also regularly hosts A Night To Remember, a dance for special...

One of the beautiful pictures in the Gospels is of little children hovering around Jesus. Perhaps they were begging, “Just one more, Jesus! Throw the ball one more time! Tell one more story!” insistent in the way only small children can be. Of course the disciples are nearby, because there were important things to do. Deadlines to meet, people to see, speeches to give. Yet Jesus...

Kenneth Hart is a Harlem native. Raised in New York City, Kenny grew up believing he would one day escape and move on to greener pastures. He was a talented athlete, and baseball provided that opportunity. Upon graduation from high school, Kenny exchanged the streets of the city for the fields of the Midwest when he received a full baseball scholarship. Kenny shares, “It was there, alone,...

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