Orchard NEO Update // Mayfield Heights

Orchard NEO Update // Mayfield Heights

Our church planters have been busy getting to know their new neighbors, doing outreach in their city, and meeting with potential members. Check out this update from Jeremy King, who is planting a church in Mayfield Heights. As always, please remember to keep Jeremy,...

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

In the following post, Emily and Colin share their own personal experience in dealing with child loss. We met in college almost 20 years ago, but our first date didn't occur until 2010. Though once in the same place at the same time, our paths had diverged as we...

Racism and Making Jesus Famous

Racism and Making Jesus Famous

Last week, many people got a voicemail about an incident of racism at Hudson High School. According to social media posts, this included the use of the n-word and references to lynching. This incident is something that happened in our backyard in 2019. As a white pastor and father to a black son, let me offer a few thoughts on how to begin to process and respond.

Why should I livestream church?

Why should I livestream church?

Sometimes we have weeks where things get crazy, and life feels out of control. A broken-down car, sickness, or hearing bad news from the doctor can make our normal routines feel tough to manage, like we're just going through the motions. While we fully believe that...

How to Support a Grieving Friend

How to Support a Grieving Friend

Have you ever been in a situation where a grieving friend needs your support? Here are a few brief notes on how to support a friend who is grieving the loss of their loved one: Listen “with your heart” They need to tell their story – give them space to tell it!...

Why should I care about church planting?

Why should I care about church planting?

At Orchard NEO, we are crazy about planting churches. We believe that God uses local, community-focused churches to further his glory in ways that nothing else can. Throughout the Bible, the Lord uses ordinary people in local venues to bring entire groups of people to...

Making Jesus Famous in North Hill // Bena’s Story

Making Jesus Famous in North Hill // Bena’s Story

It happened again today. I passed an elderly Nepali couple trudging up Tallmadge Avenue carrying a couple of shopping bags, and I found myself wondering what their story is. How long have they been married? Did they spend much time living in a refugee camp? What do...

Jesus Isn’t Famous Everywhere, But You Can Change That

Jesus Isn’t Famous Everywhere, But You Can Change That

More than 3 billion people on this planet have little or no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Think about it. That’s more than 40% of the world’s population. Those 3 billion people represent 7,000 distinct unreached people groups. People Group refers to a group of...

Restore Addiction Recovery Update

Restore Addiction Recovery Update

In this interview with Dan Gregory, Director of Restore Addiction Recovery, he shares what's driving him and his team to make this Christ-centered recovery facility a reality, gives us updates on how things are progressing with the program and the property, and...

Divorce Care Story • Holly Lang

Divorce Care Story • Holly Lang

As told by CCC member Holly Lang: 2017 was the most challenging year of my life. I was going through a heartbreaking divorce that I did not want, with four children who were all under the age of 10. I felt isolated, depressed, hopeless, unsettled, and unwanted. The...

Re-Engage Story • The Proctors

Re-Engage Story • The Proctors

Marriage Can Be Difficult Re-Engage has had a powerful impact on our marriage. It did not take long after our wedding day to realize that we knew very little about our spouse. We had done a pretty good job of presenting our best self until we were living with each...

Transformed Story • Joe Delly

Transformed Story • Joe Delly

Rewind to about 15 years ago, and you'll find me as nothing more than a sinner who thought he was saved by good behavior, my intellect, and my ability to make the right choices. Little did I know, living that way couldn't be much further from the truth. In my head, I...