October 2022

"We are an organization of churches that is committed

to the mission of Christ to multiply disciple-making churches

through evangelism, leadership training, and connection with

other like-minded churches."


Spirit-Energized Relational Commitment

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:16-18).


The Spirit of God is indispensable for the Christian life. The only way that we will not continue to gratify the desires of the Flesh is to walk by the Spirit. Overcoming the desires of the flesh is not an issue of being intuitively aware of my circumstances. Certainly, being aware of my circumstances keeps us alert of danger but only to keep on walking by the Spirit. Overcoming the flesh is not about mental common sense. We cannot be successful on our own. Read More

Pastor Brad Little, Regional Executive Director

Venture Church Network Midwest 

The 3 Aspects of Christian Relationships

What makes a good conversation good? Is it the length of time, topic of the conversation, or what got accomplished from the meeting? When talking with Youth Pastors, Senior Pastors, and youth volunteers that are part of the VCNMidwest, I tend to judge the quality of the conversation by the level of connection I had with the other person.  Read More

Chuck Babbitt, Youth Pastor

Bloomer Baptist Church

VCNMidwest Youth Ministries Director

The Pastor, His Relationships, and His Money

“Well, if they are called to ministry, won’t they just come, and not worry about the pay”? 

A church leader conveyed this idea during a discussion about hiring a new ministry staff member at their church. My response caught him off guard, I told him that there are financial considerations that would lead me to decline an invitation to vocational ministry at a church. He was puzzled, why?  Read More

Pastor Rob Buhl

First Baptist Church, Whitehall, WI

Tuesday, October 25, 9:00am (CT)

with an alternative repeat session

Wednesday, October 26, 3:00pm (CT)



The Purpose of ENGAGE is to address gospel and missional critical issues and challenge our thinking related to pastoral ministry, leadership and the purpose of our churches.

The Goal of ENGAGE is to continue to become gospel-centered, grace driven, biblically anchored churches passionately committed to fulfill the mission of Christ. 

Venture Church Network Midwest 



Tuesday, October 18, 12:00 (CT)

Location - Hillcrest Baptist Church, Muscatine

Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA



Thursday, October 20, 2:00 (EST)

Meeting by Zoom

Allen Grover, Ganson Street Baptist Church, Jackson, MI


Central Minnesota

Monday, October 18, 10:00 (CT)

Location - River of Life Church, Hastings, MN

Dan Vesta, River of Life Church


Southern Minnesota

Tuesday, October 11, 11:30 (CT)

Location - Pizza Ranch, Jackson

Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN



Thursday, October 15, 11:00 (CT)

Location - To Be Decided

Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI


VCNMidwest Youth Pastor Collaboration

Thursday, October 20, 10:00 (CT)

Meeting by Zoom

Chuck Babbitt, Bloomer Baptist Church, Bloomer, WI


To Be Decided


Northern Minnesota/North Dakota

The VCNMidwest Administrative Office moved from MN to IA in May. The Blaine, MN address and phone number no longer exist. Please update your records with our new contact information.

Address: 1410 44th Street, Marion, IA 52302  

Phone: 319-830-6478

Venture Church Network Midwest

1410 44th Street, Marion, IA 52302

Dr. Brad Little

Regional Executive Director


Administrative Office

Regular Hours: Tues. thru Fri. 8am - 2pm

Gina Perry, Administrative Assistant


All articles and submissions are the view of the individual writer and are not necessarily the official position of Venture Church Network Midwest.