God is at work, and we have so much to celebrate at Venture! Lives were changed because of your generosity with your time, talents, and treasure. This annual report is an opportunity to look back and reflect on what God has done in and through our church over the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.
Together, we partnered to see thousands of people come to Christ, disciples made, children educated and fed, food and pure water given to the poor, and the teaching of God’s word going to millions across America and around the world.
My hope is that, as you read this report, you’ll see the miracles God is doing every week at Venture, and you’ll join our excitement for what God has planned for us in our 2017-2018 fiscal year. As I meet with our elders, strategic planning teams, and staff, I’ve never been more excited and encouraged about the future impact of Venture Christian Church.
Thank you again for your generosity and your partnership in this sacred thing we call “ministry.”
On behalf of the elders and staff,
Online Campus Views
Coming Before God In Worship
Meet Our Volunteers!
"I am privileged and humbled to be part of such a great worship team. They are encouraging and have helped to shape my view of worship. Helping others meet God in worship is such a blessing. Every time I serve I leave with a full heart!"
Venture Worship Team Bassist
"I began to lead worship in 678, and then moved on to lead in the High School Ministry. I've been given many opportunities to lead in the main services as well. God has taught me many things through the worship culture at Venture. God has taught me about authenticity, humility, and servant leadership. One of the most important things I've learned is that everything starts with my own intimate and honest relationship with Christ - I can't lead people where I have not been."
Venture Worship Team volunteer leader
Before God Ministries at a Glance:
12+ ethnicities represented on the worship team
211 registered participants for Creative Community
163 Worship, Production, & Creative volunteers
284 Guest Experience volunteers*
* some volunteers serve in multiple roles
"The launch of Living with HOPE & Mental Health has been a true blessing for me as well as others knowing that we can journey alongside individuals and families affected by mental health. Being able to share the HOPE of Christ makes it even more meaningful."
Volunteer Leader for Living with HOPE and Mental Health
Family Ministries at a Glance:
814 Children & Students each weekend
244 4th & 5th Graders at 3 BOYZROC/GIRLZROC events throughout the year
105 Decisions for Christ
31 Babies dedicated
115 Students serving (Grades 5-12)
75 Students on Mission
321 Family Ministry Volunteers
Doing Life In Community
Meet Suresh and Ann!
After living in Illinois for 16 years, Suresh and Ann Kumar were brought by God to the Silicon Valley to minister the unchurched. They currently serve Venture as small group leaders.
Suresh and Ann
Adult small groups
People in a small group 69% growth from FY16
Young Professional (The Network) small groups 80% growth from FY16
In Community Ministries at a Glance:
Women in Venture Women weekday bible studies
Men in Venture Men weekday bible studies
In weekend bible studies/classes
Being On Mission 24/7
When Jack Elwell isn’t teaching physiology at Independence High School, he spends countless volunteer hours leading Venture’s ministries in Ethiopia. He leads most of the Ethiopia short-term trips, heads the Ethiopia Missions Team, liaisons with our missionary and national partners in the region, serves in advisory capacities with missions organizations, and is known in Ethiopia by the nickname Rooba, which means, “rain.” Nearly every year when Jack arrives in Ethiopia, no matter how drought stricken the region has been, when he prays for rain … it rains.
On Mission at a Glance
1536 Volunteer Roles Filled
38 full-time missionaries
100+ Pastors & Church Planters Trained
$245,500 spent on local missions
$1,860,032 Spent total (local & global)
Languages Spoken at Venture
of Graham Crackers Eaten in Venture Kidz
Slices of pizza eaten during Saturday Services
Other Church Facts
$3,478 – Average donation / person
356 First-time givers
$139,000 given by first time givers
Paid down $840,000 in debt
$40,000 raised through our special Christmas offering to support Cathedral of Faith’s “Reaching Out” Food Outreach
Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017 (in 000’s)
|Missions & Faith Promise||$1,558||$1,932|
|Missions & Faith Promise||$1,557||$1,932|
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