A Word from Our President

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Critical Need

The statistics for ministry burnout are alarming:alarming statistics for burnout in pastoral ministry

  • 35-40% of Pastors leave ministry in the first five years
  • 60-80% of Pastors leave ministry in the first ten years
  • 90% of Ministers indicate they weren’t adequately prepared for the demands of their jobs

We are hearing increasing stories of those who complete a post graduate theological degree and never go into ministry at all!

Next Generation Gospel Leaders are best developed in partnership with the local church as Seminaries and Bible colleges alone are not able to fully prepare individuals for pastoral ministry.

Bridging the Gap

Fully immersing our Residents in the ministries of a local church over a two year period gives opportunities to practice skills while our Vocational Ministry program MOMENTUM causes participants to persist in their study of Biblical doctrine and pursuit of godly living.

bridging the gap in pastoral ministry preparation

Testimonies

“When the Orchard Network was launched I was extremely excited to be a part of this incredible ministry. Words alone do not suffice to express the full scale of impact The Orchard Network has had on my life. The Orchard Network not only helped me bridge and show me how to apply what I had learned at Moody College or in the local church, but also how to serve Christ’s church in love. Personally, as a result of the MOMENTUM training and Residency experience alongside Orchard pastors and staff, I have grown to be more like Christ and am better equipped to serve the Lord as a leader and pastor to my own people group in Albania through church planting.” Kujtim, first Missions Resident and 2016 MOMENTUM graduate

LEVERAGE has helped reinforce the importance of intentionality in pursuing after God, and reminded and spurred me on to do so – from daily devotions, to working at my job and at home for God’s glory, to seeking to use my gifts in various ministry opportunities.” Jo Kok, 2016 LEVERAGE graduate

I’ve seen The Orchard Network’s vision to grow gospel leaders for churches become a reality in my life. As a Church Planting Resident, I’ve grown to understand that all I do in the name of Jesus should be an extension of my walk with him. This understanding is the fruit of Gospel-centered training that aligns my heart to God and compels me live as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1-2) I am grateful for God’s provision of the network to affirm and equip my calling to unleash God’s kingdom where brokenness reigns.” Jeremy Barahona, Church Planting Resident 2016

“I can’t help myself! I think that the focus of The Orchard Network is the most important ministry development in ministry formation that I’ve heard about in recent years. Without The Orchard Network, you have a host of people who are ‘lone ranger,’ not colleagues in the vineyard preparing for the harvest.” Retired Executive, The Association of Theological Schools