Last week, the people of Discovery collected 4,600 pounds of food and supplies to deliver to a local pantry. The woman received this generous gift in tears. The pantry was down to its last four grocery bags.
The following announcement was originally distributed near the beginning of this year.
Paul Williams gave vital leadership to Orchard Group for decades, including serving as President from 1989 until 2009. At that time, Brent Storms assumed the role of President and began providing both visionary and operational leadership, while Paul transitioned to Board Chairman, representing Orchard Group in a variety of ways.
On December 31, 2013, Paul retired quietly from Orchard Group. The Orchard Group board, staff and extended church planting family wish Paul and Cathy God’s best as they step into the future.
The Board has appointed Eddie Lowen as the new volunteer Chairman. Eddie is the lead minister at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL and has been a member of the Orchard Group Board for nearly a decade.
You’ve read the books, gone to school, gone through assessment, raised money, worked and reworked your vision statement, found a place to meet and made it through launch.
Congratulations, you’ve planted your church!
You thought the most difficult stage was over, right?
While the beginning stage of a church plant presents lots of challenges, I’ve found that as your church matures the decisions and leadership pressure only intensifies. It is sort of like raising kids. When they are little it is physically demanding, but once your kids discover a world outside of your four walls, the parenting challenges, decisions and consequences intensify. Your 12-year-old daughter in a bikini is much different than your 2-year-old in one.
When it comes to church planting and leading a church there are numerous examples of this principle, but none more vivid than this: hiring staff.
It is always a joy to worship with one of our new churches and see the growth and development of a new Christ-following and Christ-honoring community! Missio Dei in Salt Lake City was planted in 2010. This past Sunday, leaders were prayed for and commissioned by the Management Team.