Blogs & Articles

Gospel Driven

By Venture Church Network / May 12, 2022

Hi, my name is Steve Engram. I’m the executive director of Venture Church Network Southwest. And I’m excited today to talk about our value that we hold together of being gospel driven. We all know the gospel. It’s the good news of Jesus Christ. It’s why He came to save, to deliver to men from…

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Bold Steps

By Venture Church Network / April 28, 2022

Hi, I’m John Craft. I’m the regional executive director of the Rocky Mountain Church Network. And I am thrilled and excited to be a part of the Venture Church Network as we seek to fulfill our mission of helping churches take bold steps. The reason I’m excited to be a part of that mission is…

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Happy Holy Week!

By Venture Church Network / April 14, 2022

I hope you had a wonderful Palm Sunday, and I want to wish you a happy Good Friday and Easter! With war, a pandemic ending, and a radically changing society, I wanted to share an encouraging word about observing Holy Week and spreading the hope of the gospel in times like these. We are thankful…

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Helping Churches and Leaders

By Venture Church Network / April 14, 2022

Hi Venture Church family. We often talk about “helping churches and leaders take bold steps” as being our mission. But what does that look like? Let me give you an example out of our southwest region. About four years ago, Craycroft Church that had been ministering in Tucson for some sixty-five years, decided it was…

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Unity in the Gospel

By Venture Church Network / March 24, 2022

Hi Venture Church Network. I’m in Eau Claire Wisconsin at one of our member churches, Calvary Church, getting ready to meet with our VCN leadership team here in the Midwest. It’s a privilege to get to meet with these leaders. I’ve gotten to meet with a number of our network leaders in different parts of…

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Palm Valley Church Voted Citizen of the Year!

By Venture Church Network / March 10, 2022

Palm Valley Church is a VCN church in Goodyear, Arizona. The city of Goodyear has recognized them as their 2021 Corporate Citizen of the Year due to their community service and impact. Check out their video! We’re proud to have Palm Valley Church in the VCN family!

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Praise Update from Jim Smith

By Venture Church Network / February 24, 2022

Hi, I’m Jim Smith, president of Pacific Church Network. We’re a proud member of Venture Church Network. You might be wondering what’s around my face. This is an oxygen tube, and I’m 24/7 attached to this. I’m recovering from Covid. Thank the Lord I’m recovering! Just before Christmas, I found out I had Covid. Even…

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Lament

By Venture Church Network / February 10, 2022

  Hey Venture Church Network. In our last video, we talked about prayer and the importance of being desperate. Paul Miller in his book, the Praying Life, says prayer is helplessness. And I hope you know you cannot do ministry without a sense of helplessness, without being desperate for God. But there’s a facet of…

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Helplessness and Prayer

By Venture Church Network / January 27, 2022

  These continue to be challenging days in which to do ministry. What I’d like to know is – are you overwhelmed right now? I remember early on in my ministry when I was pastoring a church. It had a Christian school that we had to close, and many of the staff in the school…

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Measuring Results

By Venture Church Network / January 13, 2022

If there’s anything these last couple of years has forced us to do, it’s to evaluate. What is ministry all about? What results should we be looking at when we’re restricted in terms of gatherings and engagements? How do we do ministry? What’s important? Will Mancini in his book, Innovating Discipleship, talks about three types…

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