We recently sent out an email with some news and updates about our third campus, a new church in Ventura! We are in exciting territory right now, and we are so excited about the journey we are on with you!
If you want to read our latest email, click here to read and subscribe to future emails, if you want them. But I did want to share a few highlights from the message that is worth sharing with you.
We started our second community group. When we started our first Ventura community group in the summer of 2014, its purpose was twofold: (1) To serve those who were commuting 30+ minutes to another community group, and (2) to see if this calling we were starting to feel had any traction. Proof that God is at work is in the starting of our second group and greater intentionality and excitement around starting our third.
We’ve seen our community groups as a place where people feel welcome, accepted and loved. There are so many stories we want to share, and may share in greater detail later, but for now we are so encouraged that we’ve met new friends, and have seen Jesus use our community groups as a place where people can encounter Jesus and his community.
WHAT'S COMING UP
There are few things to put on your radar, to pray for, or if you’re in the area, join with us!
Prayer Walk - We will be leading a prayer walk through parts of Ventura in March 18. We’re meeting at 146 S. Ash St. at 7PM.
Interest Meeting - We are having another interest meeting to share the heart, vision and next steps we are taking as a church. If you're interested in joining for this night, click here to RSVP and let us know you're coming!
Core Team Meetings - Starting in March, our core team will be meeting together for the first time in a formal fashion to pray, plan, and look toward our next steps. Anyone considering joining Anthem Ventura is welcome at these meetings, and we will post dates, times and locations for these on our website: anthemventura.org as soon as we have them. Shoot an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to know more.
HOW YOU CAN PARTNER WITH US
This may seems strange because some of you do not even live in Ventura County, but there are a variety of ways you can support both us and Anthem in this new gospel adventure.
1. Pray for us
We do not ask for this lightly. We so desperately need your prayers for our forming team, our mission, the city, other local churches, and for the lost in Ventura. If these emails serve no purpose other than as a reminder to pray for us, than we are stoked.
While Anthem’s generosity is evident in sending us on this journey, we’re not rolling in the dough or anything. There are real financial needs surrounding the start of a new church, and if you would like to partner with us in this way, click here to give online and select ‘Ventura’ from the dropdown. If you’d rather give via check, you can make the check payable to ‘Anthem Church’ and in the memo line be sure to put ‘Ventura.'
Mailing address: 390 Arcturus St. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
3. Join us
If you live in the Ventura area, or would consider moving with us to help start this new church, please get in touch with me via email: email@example.com I would love to have those conversations with you!
4. Share our journey
As you see things pop up online, or stories you hear that are compelling, we ask that you help us spread the word. We’ve already gotten to meet some people via pure word of mouth, and it’s such a treat to see how God uses people to orchestrate those meetings.
Our vision is to be a family of missionary servants dispensing grace (Hebrews 12:15) in the city of Ventura. We want to join in the good work of other believers and churches in this city to demonstrate the power and grace of Jesus. As believers we are called to go, (John 20:21) and to preach the word, (Mark 16:15) and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) that make disciples.
When we look at scripture, we see the primary means of the mission of Jesus moving forward is through his church. In light of that big calling we are starting a church in Ventura to help people find their way back to God.
That’s what we’re about, it's who we are and who we’re becoming. That’s what we’re welcoming people into.
To learn more, click here to visit our website: anthemventura.org