BY FAITH, WE GO.
"By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith ... Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God." (Hebrews 11:8, 10)
God has given Venture Church a vision to go and reach 10,000 people in the next ten years. Talk about a faith-stretching exercise! Much like Abraham, Venture's journey of faith has required following in obedience before knowing where we are going.
“Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” (Luke 12:48)
In the fall of 2016, we introduced “Venture Out,” a resource initiative created to launch a campus in Stone County and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Through that initiative, 627 people became partners in this journey of faith by making a monthly commitment for a three-year period, and God has been faithful!
The Stone County Campus launched in a cheer facility on Easter Sunday of 2017 with 350 people; cut the ribbon on its new facility (converted from an empty bowling alley) on October 29, 2017 with almost 400 people and during Easter at Venture 2018, hosted 817 people! Since the Easter 2017 launch, thirty-two people have been reclaimed by God and have chosen to live a life defined by knowing, loving and following Jesus.
But, that’s just the beginning of this incredible God-led movement that we are experiencing as a church. On April 8, 2018, 171 people joined us at the CDC Event Centre in Gulfport, MS for our very first Gulf Coast Vision Night. From that night, Growth Groups launched, and Camp Venture took place in two Gulf Coast locations in the summer of 2018. The Gulf Coast Campus of Venture Church currently meets once a month at Gulfport High School. Click here to learn more about our next worship experience.
For those who have partnered with us this far, THANK YOU. Thank you for your willingness to go in faith to unknown places to reach 10,000 lives - one person at a time. Thank you for giving generously to ignite this movement. God is using your obedience to sacrificially love the world He gave His life for by reclaiming the lifeless and repurposing them for His glory.
If you were not around in the fall of 2016 to participate in Venture Out or just weren’t able to make a commitment at that time, we are asking that you and your family prayerfully consider partnering with us by igniting through giving. No matter how big or small, God wants to write every person who calls Venture Church their church into this story.
In obedience, we follow. By faith, we go.
HOW MUCH WAS PLEDGED TO VENTURE OUT?
Venture Out 1.0 was designed to provide the resources to launch two new campuses, to update existing campuses and to expand local missions. $2.9 million of the original goal of $5 million was pledged to Venture Out.
HOW IS THE $2.9 MILLION FROM VENTURE OUT BEING USED?
$1.2 million of the $2.9 million pledged to Venture Out was used to launch The Stone County Campus. The remaining $1.7 million will be used to launch our future Gulf Coast Campus.
Venture Out is an ongoing resource initiative. Those who made a monthly commitment to Venture Out will complete their giving in October 2019.
WHAT WILL VENTURE OUT CONTINUE TO ACCOMPLISH?
THE LINCOLN ROAD CAMPUS
Updates at The Lincoln Road Campus will include paint, carpet, additional restrooms, a built-in coffee bar, a first-time guest area, a portable baptistry, interior signage, parking lot lighting and additional KXP check-in stations.
THE HUNT CLUB CAMPUS
Updates at The Hunt Club Campus will include paint, a first-time guest area and interior signage.
THE STONE COUNTY CAMPUS
Updates at The Stone County Campus will include expanding the Stone County Campus parking lot.
Updates for Church Online will include camera upgrades and improved streaming.
God has given Venture Church a vision to go and reach 10,000 people in the next ten years. We don't take that vision lightly - 10,000 is not just a number to us. Each number is a person, a family, a community waiting to experience the incredible life change that Christ brings when we're unafraid to share what it means to know, love and follow Him.