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…bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.  
-Colossians 1:9-10

The Orchard

Christian Mentoring Program

The Orchard is a mentoring program that supports Christian young adults in developing ministry projects of their own design.  The program is for emerging leaders who want to explore a ministry calling or hone their skills in a ministry to which they have already been called.  The Orchard is action-oriented, and participants learn: the nature of ministry; how to prepare oneself for ministry; and how to effectively follow Christ in leading a ministry.  The components of the program are:
  • Monthly cohort learning sessions
  • Action-oriented homework between learning sessions aimed at helping to develop the ministry
  • Coaching sessions every other week to provide individualized guidance and support
Due to generous donations, The Orchard is free for all participants.​ We use an online platform so anyone with an internet connection can participate. 
Learning Session Topics Include:
  • The Theological Foundation for Ministry

  • Your Calling and Gifting

  • Your Vision and Mission

  • Jesus’ Concept of Neighbor

  • Organization and Time Management

  • Your Conflict Style

2018 Program Schedule
  • Applications accepted through December 31, 2017 (NEW DEADLINE)

  • Participants identified by January 15, 2017

  • Program starts with full day intensive on Saturday, January 27, 2018

  • Coaching meetings every other week for 1-2 hours each

  • Cohort meetings with the cohort once a month for 2-3 hours each

  • Concluding reflection time and celebration in June 2018


All participants in The Orchard must complete an application.  Please click the link to download a copy of the application for the upcoming session (Word Version or PDF Version).  Please submit completed applications via email by clicking here.

Please direct all questions to Dishon Mills, who can be reached by email or by calling 617-653-7565.



Dishon Mills

Since 2014, Dishon Mills has served as the pastor of Grace Christian Church in Waltham, MA.  He also serves as the Director of New Heights Summer Camp in Plymouth, CT and the Board Chair for Jeremiah Program Boston. Dishon is a social entrepreneur and has both started and led multiple not-for-profit organizations, as well as, served as a trainer for the National Institute of Out-of-School Time and an Innovator-in-Residence for Wentworth Institute of Technology's Accelerate program.   He has over 17 years experience in ministry.  He lives in Randolph, MA with his wife and two children.

Mako Nagasawa

Mako Nagasawa is director of the New Humanity Institute, and has been involved in urban ministry for almost 25 years and college ministry for almost 20 years.  He has contributed to the Justice Study Bible as a commentator on Ezekiel; he has authored Christian political discipleship curricula impacting social systems, and co-authored economic discipleship curriculum which has been used to help participants give close to $1 million to global poverty organizations.  He and his wife and children live in a Christian intentional community in Boston, MA. 

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