September 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."


Making Disciples Who Make Disciples 

Disciple-making is about investing in people. The fact that Jesus took twelve men and called them to himself and invested three years of his life into them gives us a great model for discipleship. If you think about it, Jesus could have built anything. He could have started a business; he could have created a network; he could have restored the kingdom to Israel. There are so many different things Jesus could have done to leave his legacy but there is only one thing that he did do – he recruited people to become his disciples (learners) so they would, in turn, invest and teach others too. Read More

Pastor Brad Little, Regional Executive Director

Venture Church Network Midwest 

Sanctification and Disciple Making Cannot Be Separated

When the topic of disciple making comes up, strategies and diagrams are some of the first things to be brought up. These are great, but often miss the most important element. I am not saying having a clear and purposeful strategy for discipling students is wrong, in fact I would say just the opposite. In youth ministry we need to have a clear focus for reaching students and walking with them to make a disciple who then goes and makes disciples. Read More

Chuck Babbitt, Youth Pastor

Bloomer Baptist Church

VCNMidwest Youth Ministries Director

Faithful, Wise, and Waiting

In Matthew 24 Jesus directs His comments to “the end of the age” (Matthew 24:3). After giving reasons why no one (yes, no one) should try to guess when Jesus will return, He teaches what His disciples should to until then. To be precise, the very fact that we don’t know when He will return (a point he repeats) acts as the hinge for His teaching. Jesus gives His followers practical perspective as they wait for “the end of the age” (Matthew 25:1). Read More

Pastor Rob Buhl

First Baptist Church, Whitehall, WI

Tuesday, September 27 , 9:00am (CT)

There will not be a Wednesday repeat session this month.



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, September 27, 12:00 (CT)

Location - theStone Church, Manchester

Jay Jentink, Calvary Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA



Thursday, September 15, 2:00 (EST)

Meeting by Zoom

Allen Grover, Ganson Street Baptist Church, Jackson, MI


Southern Minnesota

Tuesday, September 13, 11:30 (CT)

Location - Pizza Ranch, Jackson

Walt Moser, First Baptist Church, Luverne, MN



Thursday, September 15, 11:00 (CT)

Location - Season's Cafe, Barron

Wade Duroe, Crossroads Church, Chippewa Falls, WI


VCNMidwest Youth Pastor Collaboration

Thursday, September 22, 10:00 (CT)

Meeting by Zoom

Chuck Babbitt, Bloomer Baptist Church, Bloomer, WI


To Be Decided


Central Minnesota

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.