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: Saturdays @ 4pm | Sept 30 - Oct 21 | 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 4-week class that will go through the Catch the Vision curriculum in a facilitated small group format.
Next Class: Oct 28 @ 4pm | 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.
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
Next Session: TBD
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.
BASICS OF THE FAITH
Next Session: TBD
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!
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
Next Session: TBD
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.
COMMUNING WITH GOD
Next Session: TBD
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.
ENGAGED COUPLES SEMINAR
Friday @ 6:30-9pm AND Saturday @ 9am - 3:30pm
Next Seminar: October 13-14
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 | Room 212/213 | Oct 2, 2017 - Apr 9, 2018
"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 »
TRANSFORMATIONAL LIFE GROUP
Women's 12-Step Study
Tuesdays @ 7pm | Room 220 | Sept 12, 2017 - May 29, 2018
Our purpose is to walk along (disciple) women both inside and outside the body of Christ. Some may be suffering in silence from strongholds that keep them stuck, or from hurts that don't seem to heal even by attending church. If we're honest, many of us have walked in those shoes or still are. This study gets to the root of our brokenness and destructive patterns of behavior. If we desire to live in the fullness and freedom promised in God's Word, it is imperative to reorient our lives around Jesus' characteristics found in His Word. If the above has pinged your heart strings and you're interested in learning more about the group, please call Barbara at 408.693.0317.
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 @ 9AM
Room 217/208 (Sept 30 - Oct 21), Ranch House (Oct 28) | Sept 21 - Oct 28
Inviting all men to take a stand for sexual purity with their fellow men. This life-changing, 5-week discipleship curriculum provides insights from top Christian leaders who lay out biblical strategies, scientific facts and teach men how to use God’s weapons to become conquerors in every man's battle for sexual purity.
Saturdays @ 4PM
Ranch House | Oct 7 - Dec 16
Family Connect is a group for Families with Children of any age to enjoy community and bible study onsite at Venture in a small group format. We seek to be a catalyst for families to connect and find meaningful relationship. We meet on campus, during services when children's ministry is available to encourage and equip one another as we walk through life together.
Afterwards on Saturdays, we eat dinner together each week.
LOVE & RESPECT MARRIAGE CLASS
Ranch House | Next Session: Jan 13 - Mar 17, 2018
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.
Saturdays @ 5:45PM
Ranch House | Oct 7 - Nov 18
Parenting Teens can be a demanding endeavor that is both a great challenge and a wonderful opportunity. During this course, we will dig into the principles of God's Word that cultivate mutual trust, honoring communication, and call out the gifts and destiny of our children. We will also tackle topics such as disrespect, irresponsible behavior, and unhealthy relationships. The goal of the class is to share practical information, encourage one another on our parenting journey, and to pray for our families.
SINGLE MOM'S PARENTING CLASS
Most 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. The Single & Parenting curriculum addresses these concerns. Each week, you'll meet with other single moms to learn and discuss some amazing parenting strategies and hope-filled insights. Each session has three distinct elements: a video, small group discussion, and workbook-based personal application.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Room 217/218 | Sept 16 - Nov 18
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!
THE ART OF MARRIAGE
Venue 2 | Sept 16 - Nov 11
Marriage is colored by personalities, passions, and experience ... and making it work is a divinely inspired art form! This class provides rich instruction and small group discussion that will equip you to build a thriving marriage.
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. We are currently studying the book of Ecclesiastes, and will begin 1 Samuel and 1 Kings in October. 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
Room 220 | Sept 24-Dec 3 (10 weeks)
Whether you’re dating, engaged, a young step-family or a couple with adult children, this class will help you create a marriage that will last. The Smart-Family/Blended DVD by Ron Deal provides tools to help you manage complex stresses you face as a couple and within the family. Watch the video for more »
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
Our class is structured around a Bible lesson followed by a prayer time. We typically go through Bible studies of books of the Bible, and we also occasionally have guest mission speakers. Following the lesson, we divide into women and men’s groups to pray and encourage each other. Come experience our genuine care and community. We welcome all ages, middle school to adult.
FOCUS — GROWING TO MATURITY IN CHRIST
This class is for those who seek fellowship, a community of prayer support, and a desire to mature in their faith through an in-depth, bible study experience. The class begins with a time of fellowship and prayer and concludes with a verse by verse study of one of the 66 books of the Bible. We are currently completing our study of Galatians, and will then start a study of Judges — a study in which we will meet many heroes of faith: Othniel, Gideon, Samson, Shamgar, Deborah, Jephthah, Ehud...flawed individuals who answered God’s call to deliver the Israelites in sometimes dramatic form. The book includes many of the most graphic, violent, and disturbing scenes in all Scripture—some in the name of righteousness, others in the name of evil. Each class challenges us to apply what we learned for life change, as we seek God and seek to live as R12 Christians.
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
40s+50S SINGLES (RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS)
Venue 2 | Sept 10 - Nov 19
Next Study: Five Lies That Ruin Relationships
Wrong Beliefs Can Ruin Your Relationships. Have you ever looked back over a relationship in your life and wondered how it became so messy or difficult? Often, at the source of our relationship problems are our wrong beliefs.
In this 10 week series, together with Chip Ingram, we will be able to ask and answer the question: “Do wrong beliefs produce wrong behavior?” What we think about life determines how we live it, so there is power in knowing and applying God's truth to our relationships. God longs for us to have right relationships, and he longs for intimacy, peace, love and joy to reign in our hearts. To have these kinds of relationships, we must first identify five common lies we believe. We’ll uncover the source of quarreling, how our words wound, how not to make decisions, and why better things don’t always make things better.