We invite you be a part of the Discover Series, where you will learn how to become a member of the Venture family, as well as move through a series of classes that will help develop you into a mature disciple of Christ.
Next Session: Sundays @ 11am | Apr 30 & May 7 | Room 217/218
Discover Venture answers key questions about who we are, where we are going, why we exist… and how you can grow, serve and minister at Venture! If you desire to make Venture your home church, this is your opportunity to make a deeper commitment as a member. Discover Venture is a 2-week class that will go through the Catch the Vision curriculum in a facilitated small group format.
Next Class: Saturday @ 6pm | Feb 11 | Room 219
Have you recently committed your life to Christ? Or are you a believer who has not yet been baptized by immersion? Take the next step and follow Jesus' example by being baptized here at Venture.
Water Baptism is an outward sign of what the Holy Spirit has performed in the heart of each believer. This class will explain what Baptism is, why we do it, how it is distinct from Christening or Infant Baptism, and what the requirements & procedures are for Baptism at Venture. At the end of the class, you will be able to decide if you wish to be baptized and we will assign a date & pastor to baptize you.
For more information, contact Roxanne Hopkins (408-997-4600) to confirm your attendance and to reserve childcare if needed.
DISCOVER YOUR DESIGN
Discovering how God has designed and gifted you is essential for joy-filled ministry and service. Gain insight into your unique design as you look at and learn how to apply your top strengths and God-given spiritual gifts. This is primarily an online class culminating in a workshop here at Venture (upon completing the online class you can sign up for the next workshop).
We believe every Christian is commanded to love God and each other. Our Discipleship Basics are foundational building blocks for the growth and maturity of every Christian. It's our desire that every Venture member go through these classes. These classes will be offered on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.
Our Discipleship Basics are offered on a revolving basis on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Below you’ll find descriptions of the four classes, as well as dates and registration for the next session of each class.
SHARING YOUR FAITH WITH CONFIDENCE
Saturdays @ 4pm | Feb 25 - Apr 1 | Room 217/218
God is working out His redemptive story in your life. As a Christ follower, your story is a powerful tool in helping others encounter Jesus. Come to a six-week class where you will learn how to relate the “good news” to others. We’ll look at a number of approaches, and will wrestle with reasons why we don’t talk to others about Jesus. If you want to go “on mission” in your sphere of influence but don’t feel equipped, this class is for you.
Taught by: Neil Mammen
BASICS OF THE FAITH
Saturdays @ 6pm | Feb 25 - Apr 1 | Room 217/218
Are you a new believer or do you have questions regarding your faith? In this class we will discuss the major tenants of the Christian faith and how to live a life pleasing to God. Come join us for great discussion and an opportunity to meet others!
Taught by: Allen and Laura McClinton
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
Sundays @ 9am | Feb 26 - Apr 2 | Room 217/218
Many people think that the Bible is difficult to understand and almost impossible to interpret accurately. In this class we will explore the basic Bible study methods that will enable you to find your way around the Bible, read with understanding and interpret it with confidence. These simple concepts will transform your study and unlock the treasures in God’s Word.
Taught by: Wayne Niblack
COMMUNING WITH GOD
Sundays @ 11am | Feb 26 - Apr 2 | Room 217/218
Explore the basics of prayer. Learn life transforming prayer skills based on Scripture. We will explore potential blocks to our connection with God and others. We teach prayer tools that enable you to live the abundant life and stay connected throughout your day regardless of the circumstances.
Taught by: Sherrie Grabot
ENGAGED COUPLES SEMINAR
Friday @ 6:30-9pm AND Saturday @ 9am - 3:30pm
Next Seminar: February 24 & 25
Because of the challenges that face today's married couples, we have put together a premarital seminar to help prepare couples for what lies ahead. Dean & Tina Engel, specialists in the area of marriage and family development, and Pastor Howard & Kathy Clark, will address a number of issues confronting a couple in the 21st century. It will be an enriching time of discussion and interaction that we hope will be of benefit to you in the years to come. This class is a requirement for those being married by Venture pastors and is only available 4 times each year.
UNTYING THE KNOTS OF THE HEART
(formerly Immersion Experience)
Mondays @ 6:30pm | Oct 3 - March 27
Untying the Knots of the Heart is a potentially life changing process which takes place in a safe small group discipleship setting. Through the eyes of God, you are introduced to yourself. This group experience helps to expose new, untapped areas of your heart to the Gospel. We see frequently in the Bible that we are supposed to be experiencing the “ABUNDANT” life which typically means love, joy, peace, hope - life overflowing. But why are Christians more often than not anxious, stressed out, depressed, sad, addicted? Come discover the whys behind these types of questions. Come rediscover the Gospel in a powerful, life transforming way!
More information at untyingtheknotsoftheheart.org »
Contact the Class Leaders listed below for more information or if you have a question about each class. You can attend any weekend class while your children (infants to Grade 5) are in their Venture Kidz Ministry classroom.
Saturdays @ 4PM
Family Connect is the perfect way for you to be a part of a thriving community of young families who strengthen, encourage, and equip each other to impact the world for Christ. Family Connect meets every Saturday with large group and small group interaction, with Kidz Ministry programming available.
Our next study, beginning January 28, will be The Art of Marriage. This study is for married couples at any stage of life. Our goal is to challenge married couples in ways that will encourage them to invest time and energy to build a great marriage and then to use their complementary talents to advance God’s kingdom through their marriage, not at the expense of it. Check out the trailer here »
OVERCOMING DEPRESSION FOR WOMEN
November 12, 2016 - January 21, 2017 | Room 223
In this class, you will explore what God's Word says about the way we should think, the impact our thoughts have on our lives, and how we can use scripture to help shape the kind of thoughts that will allow us to live the abundant life the Lord would have us live.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Next Session: January 21 - April 1, 2017 | Room 214
Learn God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and small groups, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get you from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
Saturdays @ 6PM
SINGLE MOM'S PARENTING CLASS
Other people don’t truly understand how tough it is to be a single parent—day after day after day. Sometimes you want to give up. And that’s a normal reaction—you’re doing the job of two people. You should be tired. You deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, but you worry that you can’t. Single & Parenting groups address these concerns. At a weekly Single & Parenting group, you’ll meet with other single parents to learn and discuss some amazing parenting strategies and hope-filled insights. Each Single & Parenting session has three distinct elements: A video seminar, small group discussion, and workbook-based personal application.
Sundays @ 7:30AM
KOINONIA (Mature Adults)
A lively community of believers maximizing their second half of life through Bible study, fellowship, and loving service to others through prayer. In addition, there are special events monthly and small group Bible studies during the week for all members of the class.
Sundays @ 9AM
Improv is an adult Bible study class that encourages questions and comments as we study verse-by verse, chapter by chapter in God's Word. Starting January 8, 2017, we will be studying the book of Romans, having just completed our study of Joshua. We typically alternate our studies between the Old and New Testament. We have a rotating team of teachers, all of whom prepare using multiple commentaries written by well known, conservative Bible scholars. Throughout the year we meet for times of fellowship, including picnics and small group dinners/lunches. We add new members all the time, so please join us!
MEN ON THE MOVE
Men's Bible Study - Looking for fellowship with other men where you can be the "real" you? Change your discouragement into joy. Regardless of where you are in life or spiritual maturity, you will fit right in!
Sundays @ 11AM
LOVE & RESPECT MARRIAGE CLASS
Next Session: January 29 - April 2, 2017 | Ranch House
This is a 10 week DVD driven class and you will be watching an actual marriage conference by author and speaker Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Understand the dynamics between males and females and learn how to communicate effectively with Love and Respect. This class is open to all ages married, single and divorced. Kidz Ministry is available for your children during this class time. No fee.
Next Session: Jan 29 - Apr 9 | Room 220
Blended Families are a fact today that we must not ignore. Blended Families have special needs. Working together with other couples, you and your mate will learn how to move beyond unmet expectations to see what the Bible offers for a positive marriage. Working with Smart Step-Family book by Ron L. Deal, this class will provide tools to help you manage stress in dealing with remarriage; learn how to commit to keeping your marriage a top priority; how to deal with his, hers, and ours.
Gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of God's Word (content, context, message, relevance, and meaning for 21st century followers). We examine a single book of the Bible at a time, verse-by-verse (this year the Acts of the Apostles). Class includes live and/or multimedia teaching, sharing of blessings and concerns, prayer and refreshments.
"But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." – 1 Timothy 1:5
We invite you to come experience genuine care and community as you hear Bible teaching and occasional mission speakers to help you live as a Christian in today's world. We divide into women and men's groups each week to pray and encourage one another. We welcome all ages (middle school to adult).
FOCUS — GROWING TO MATURITY IN CHRIST
If you are serious about maturing in your faith, this authentic Bible community is for you! Get in-depth understanding of doctrines found in Romans through many Bible study techniques.
All ages (couples, as well as singles) will experience a warm welcome as we enjoy a time of light refreshment, prayer, worship in song and study. Expository as well as topical teaching is offered and class participation is encouraged. This year's study is in the book 1 John. You'll also find times of fellowship, service, and activities.
SUNDAYS @ 5:30PM
RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS: A SINGLES SERIES
January 8 - April 30 | Venue 2
Single and want to know how to find relationships that are good for you and avoid those that aren't? Want to learn how to enjoy the healthy, reciprocal relationships that everyone wants and needs? Join us in a new singles study of: Safe People by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend