OUR CHURCH VENTURE STORY
Pastor Kerry Thrush served as an ordained United Methodist Pastor from 1995 - 2013 in both Kentucky and Ohio. He started a brand new church between 2004 - 2012 in Hamilton Township, all the while he and his family fell in love with the north east side of Cincinnati! In 2014 Kerry heard God calling him to start another church, one that would tell the simple yet powerful story of the hope we can find while following Jesus Christ.
Worship for Echo Church began in 2014 at Great Wolf Lodge! The opportunity to move to our current location happened in August of 2014 followed quickly by a series of unfortunate lawyers, which required us to change our name to Church Venture!
Today Church Venture is an incredibly welcoming community of faith who are engaged in the arts, passionate about serving, and enjoy worshiping every week. We exist to Love God & Love People. We value Authenticity, Bold Hope, & Creativity.
Consider yourself invited to join us for 10 AM worship any Sunday. You will find a fantastic cross section of people from Mason, Maineville, Loveland, West Chester and Lebanon! We are very casual in our dress, we offer professional childcare during worship as well as Sunday morning opportunities for kids 4 years old to 5th Grade. We also have a rocking Jr. High and Sr. High Student Ministry.
OUR CHURCH VENTURE HISTORY
The announcement that we were starting a new church was made on Facebook in August 2013 and a “Come and See” event happened in September 2013 at Landen Deerfield Park.
Gathering events happened October, November, & December 2013.
Once a month preview worship began at Great Wolf Lodge January, February 2014. Weekly worship began Sunday March 2, 2014.
OUR MISSION | OUR BELIEFS
“CREATING FUN EXPERIENCES FOR REAL PEOPLE WHO ARE INSPIRED AND LEARNING TO LOVE LIKE JESUS.”
To love is risky. To love like Jesus loved is risky and ambitious! At Church Venture we strive for nothing less.
At Church Venture it’s gotta be fun…
We are authentic people with real struggles…
The love of Jesus inspires us to Venture more…
We strive to become the love of Christ for others…
Come worship with us
Doing Life together – everyday
Together we will become the hands and feet of Christ
We will Love like Jesus!
WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD?
We believe that God is three in one…God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.
WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS?
Jesus is God…100% human and 100% God. This is incredibly difficult to wrap our heads around but we know this is how God wants to connect with us…through Jesus. Jesus lived among people, died for the forgiveness of our sins and lives today as our pathway to be reconnected to an over the top loving God.
WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit is God’s presence on earth today. Through the Holy Spirit we communicate with God in prayer and in every day life. The Holy Spirit is God living in us, giving us the strength and hope to be Christ Followers.
WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT BAPTISM?
Baptism is one of two holy sacraments – an opportunity to be intimately connected to Jesus Christ. We believe that one baptism is enough! There will be no need to be “re-baptized” at Church Venture. We believe adults who are willing to publicly proclaim that they want to be a Christ Follower can be baptized. We also believe that infants can be baptized. These infants must have guardians who are Christ Followers, who are willing to claim responsibility to raise their children in the church, and who will give their children the opportunity, once they are older, to make a decision for themselves whether or not to become a Christ Follower.
WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION?
Holy Communion is one of two holy sacraments – an opportunity to be intimately connected to Jesus Christ. Bread and grape juice or wine represents the body and blood of Christ. Through Holy Communion offered by Jesus Christ forgiveness can be found, and an intimate connection can be made. At Church Venture, anyone who desires to take Holy Communion will be served!
HOW DOES CHURCH VENTURE INTERPRET THE BIBLE?
The Bible is a faith book. The Bible is not a math book, or a biology book, nor is it a DIY book. The Bible is a faith book, which is God’s timeless word to humanity. The Bible was delivered through the Holy Spirit to ordinary people to help us understand the story of God and our relationship to Him. We place the Bible as our highest authority.