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Seeking Pastor for Online Children’s Ministry

We’re committed to providing all of our people, regardless of age, with opportunities to learn, grow and mature spiritually. We consider children’s ministry to be an absolutely essential and vital part of this commitment. Our hybrid model makes this a bit more challenging. We’re prayerfully looking for someone who is committed to, and experienced in, children’s ministry, and also someone who has…

A Bittersweet Announcement

Over the last few years, we’ve studied and discussed together the different views that evangelical Christians hold regarding the nature of hell. At two separate times we studied these differing views intensely. Both of these studies were prompted by questions or requests from people in our church. The first study was a “detour” in a leadership training class, and the second was…

A Change in Terminology

When we look at the passages in the New Testament discussing the pastoral leadership of the church, we see a consistent pattern of the church being shepherded or pastored by a team of pastoral leaders. (For more on this, see Why We Don’t Have a Senior Pastor.) We also see another interesting pattern. The most common word used for these congregational pastoral…

Church Bylaws

The following constitution and bylaws establish a framework for our fellowship and ministry together as a church. ARTICLE I: NAME The name of this church shall be The Orchard. It is incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of California. ARTICLE II: PURPOSE A. Greatest Commandment Before anything else, we are worshipers of God, disciples of Jesus Christ,…

New Forum Series: Evangelical Views on Creation

Beginning Thursday, November 11, we’ll begin a 6-part series exploring issues related to creation. We’ll be examining the different views evangelical Christians hold on creation and the early chapters of Genesis, and why. The Forum meets every other Thursday at 6 pm Eastern and 6 pm Pacific. For more information, please contact us at info@orchardefc.org.

New Forum Series: A Survey of Western Thought

We begin Part One: Ancient Philosophy of a new Forum series: A Survey of Western Thought, this Thursday, 6 pm Eastern and 6 pm Pacific.  We’ll be discussing introductory matters, such as what constitutes thought, what is philosophy, and does it matter, among other things.  This will also be a good opportunity, as a group, to begin discussing some of our particular interests and emphases that we may like to, at…