What is Venture all about?
Our church has a vision to make the Bay Area a place where people have hope and know that they are loved by God and others around them. We want to help people live the mission that God has for their lives and equip them to share the transforming power of God’s word with others. To make this happen we partner with churches all over the world and with a international broadcasting ministry called Living on the Edge (LOTE) which was started by our pastor, Chip Ingram.
“r12″ is a term we use to describe the way that our lives should look if we call ourself a “Christian.” It’s short for Romans 12. This passage of the Bible contains a great description of how God calls his followers to live. You can read Romans 12 here.
What is the process to become a member?
As you explore worship, ministry, growth, and serving opportunities at Venture, we encourage you to consider church membership and align yourself as an r12 Christian, living Before God – In Community – On Mission.
We have created COMPASS to help you navigate, answer your questions, and guide you into deeper connection with God and others through authentic Biblical community.
COMPASS is your pathway to church membership, so follow it here!
What can I expect in a weekend service?
At Venture, we try to create a variety of different environments in which you can worship and learn about God. Currently, we have two different kinds of worship services:
Main Services (Live)
We have three worship services in our main Worship Center each weekend (Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 9 & 11am). Typically these services feature a time of modern worship music (live music created with the intent of honoring God) and a time of teaching from one of our pastors.
Classic Service (Video Venue)
Every Sunday at 9am we have our classic service upstairs in Venue 2 (don’t worry, you can follow the signs to find it). This service features a more traditional style of worship music (hymns, piano, choir, etc.). After a time of worship and scripture reading, we watch the same teaching from down stairs via video.
All of our services normally last around 80 minutes. We encourage you to dress however you feel comfortable. Some people wear shorts and some people wear suits. God cares about your heart, not what you wear.
What does Venture believe/teach?
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
We believe that there is only one God who exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that we might be reconciled to Him. We believe that repentance from sin and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to be saved from eternal judgment.
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What programs are available for my kids?
Venture offers programs for infants all the way up through middle schoolers during each of our three weekend meeting times. We also have high school and college services on Sunday nights.
Where is Venture located?
God has blessed us with a really great location to come and worship/learn about Him. We’re right at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the border of San Jose and Los Gatos, CA. Most people take Highway 85 and exit Camden. Head south and take a right on to Hicks Road. You will see the church on your right.