A Quarter of a Million Dollars

Before you go any farther take a minute and watch this video clip of the revealing of the Capital Campaign totals on Sunday, May 26.





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Thanks be to God, NVCC has had $245,581given or committed to date to our capital campaign. What a tremendous response we have seen.  Though this is short of our overall goal it is enough to continue with the plan to purchase the 5.9 acres of land and begin the process of developing our own ministry campus.


Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you to everyone who has given or committed to this faith venture. You are so appreciated.  


Gifts are still being sought and are still coming in. Since this morning the total has increased to $250,011. We especially need gifts toward our down payment due in by July 31. Anyone who would like to help us push on to the overall goal of $300,000 is greatly appreciated. Gifts can be sent to NVCC, PO Box 73311, Richmond VA 23235.


Thank-you again. Please continue to pray for us as we use what God has provided for HIS glory.




Capital campaign totals to be announced Sunday, May 26

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Excitement is mounting as we move closer and closer to Sunday, May 26 when we announce the total gifts and commitments to our “What if…” capital campaign. Commitments and gifts are still coming in so we will be totaling them for a few more days. Here is a concise reminder of what we are doing:

This campaign is to raise $150,000 for a down payment on the purchase of 5.9 acres of land with a house on it and remodel the house. We also plan to do excavation work in clearing and preparing the property for a new building. Then our plan is to begin construction later next year on the new unit. We also need an additional $150,000 in commitments to be completed over the next 24 months. So, we need a total of $300,000 to get into our own property and facility and begin the development of our own campus and our own identity in this community. This will enable us to expand our ministry to the community as well as exponentially reach lost people in the community and the world.

Two quick items:

  1. We had a great start to the commitments needed toward the $300,000 last Sunday and since then.


If you are a part of New Venture Christian Church and have not turned in a commitment card yet, we need to hear from you ASAP. We need to know what we can count on when it comes to planning the future of our church.


If you are not a part of New Venture Christian Church, and would like to help us reach this enormous goal, you are invited to share a gift or make a commitment to our capital campaign.


Responses can be emailed to Steve@relaxedchurch.com.


This Sunday, May 26 is going to be historic for New Venture Christian Church. We hope you can join us for the big day. We hope you will have a part in making the day as big as God wants to be.

How has New Venture Christian Church changed your life?

whatifAn exciting part of our capital campaign has been a series of small groups in which the details of the campaign are explained and everyone is given a chance to ask any questions they might have. Even more exciting is hearing people tell about how New Venture has changed their lives. Here are just a few of the stories.

  • I have never been as connected with any other church as NVCC. I want to get involved and there are so many opportunities.
  • NV has not judged us for the things we have done in the past. They just accept us for who we are.
  • I don’t have to be dragged to church. It has changed our whole life, how we feel, think and deal with life.
  • I was baptized at NV and I am progressing on my journey.
  • Coming to NV has helped me become a better husband and father. It is nothing I have done. God is doing it.Print
  • NV has definitely changed my life. I have learned more about the Bible than I have even learned in my life.
  • New Venture has put us in a family
  • New Venture has helped me regain trust in people in the church. They’re not old and crotchety and I can enjoy his freedom at NV
  • NV has changed my life. Our lives were in a wreck and NV was just what we needed.
  • I know if I need anything I can call on anyone at NV and I know I will have help. It is my home. This is my family.
  • New Venture turned me around. NV taught me you didn’t have to be perfect. I never learned that in church growing up.

What is your story?

The meaning of life

ImageLets talk about the question of significance, Does my life matter.  Isaiah asked this question in Isaiah 49:4a. He said, “My work all seems so useless.  I’ve spent my strength for nothing and for no purpose at all.”   You were made for meaning, and if you don’t have a meaning and purpose in your life and you don’t know why God put you on this planet, life doesn’t make sense. 

During World War II, there were prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp in Hungary, that were processing human sewage in a factory.  The allies came along, bombed that factory and blew it apart.  So the prisoners had nothing to do.  The Nazi soldiers had the prisoners take all the rubble of that factory and move it to another field.  The next day, they had them take that same rubble and move it back in reverse.  The next day, they had to take that stuff and Imagemove it back and day after day they had no meaning, no purpose.  It was just work doing the same thing over and over with no meaning and no purpose.  Then something strange began to happen.  The prisoners began to go crazy.  They began to lose their will to live because there was no meaning, no purpose in their work.  They were just moving bricks back and forth, back and forth.  Many of them began to throw themselves in front of the guards trying to get shot.  In essence, trying to commit suicide.  Because you and I were made for meaning. 

Now you’re going to go through life living at one of three levels:  The first and lowest level is the Survival level.  The Survival level is really where most live today.  They’re just in survival mode.  They are just barely getting by.  They’re just existing.  They’re not living.  They are controlled by their circumstances.  They put in their time and live for the weekend.  They’re just in survival mode. 

A step up from that, a better way to live, rather than the Survival Imagelevel is the Success level.  Honestly, this is where many are  By the world’s standards, you’ve got it made.  You’ve got a comfortable living, compared to the rest of the world; you’re extremely wealthy, compared to the rest of the world.  So you have possessions, you have freedom, you have good health and you may have prestige and you may be quite successful.  But today there are a lot of books coming out that say things like, “If I’m so successful, how come I don’t feel fulfilled?”  The reason is, it takes more than success and it takes more than status to satisfy. 


You need to go to the third level of living, which is the Significance level.  Not a Survival, not a Success but step up to the level of Significance.  How do you live at the Significance level?  Well, you get there through three things:

#1:  You know the meaning of life – that gives Significance.

#2:  You know how much you matter to God – that gives you Significance.

#3:  You know God’s purposes for your life and you’re living them out and that

       gives you Significance.

If you want to know how much you matter to God, look at the next couple of verses.  God says, “I am your Creator.  You were in My care, even before you were born.” (Isaiah 44:2)  God was caring for you even in His mind, as He thought you up.  The next verse says, ”You (talking about God) scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe.  Every day was recorded in your book.”  That’s how much you matter to God.  He paid so much attention to your life that every detail was recorded in His book, before you even took a breath.  That’s how much you matter to God.  Do you matter? – Yes.  He made you.  He made you to love you and the Bible says you do matter.

And God wants you to know how much you matter to Him.  God wants you to know the meaning of life.  He wants you to know His purposes. 

Do you realize the fruit fly only lives one day? Here today- gone tomorrow. What’s its meaning for life? Why is it even here? Why live just a day? Unlike the fruit fly, God has extremely long-range plans for you.  Look at the next verse, “His plans endure forever; His purposes last eternally.”   Now listen, God’s purpose for you is not just for the rest of your life on earth,  they’re for the rest of your life forever and ever, and ever and ever and ever.  Because God’s purposes are eternal.  This is the warm-up act, this is the kindergarten, this is the preschool, this is where you do the dress rehearsal. 

God says I have plans and purposes for your life, but they don’t end at death.  Because when you die, your heart is going to stop Imageand that will be the end of your body, but that’s not the end of you.  You’re far more than a body.  You were made to last forever.  The Bible says this, Psalm 33:11 says, “His purposes last eternally.  God says, ”I was made to last forever.”   I was made to be loved by God, and I was made to last forever.  This life is not all there is.  One of the biggest ways you can waste your life is thinking all there is, is here and now.  You’re going to spend far more time on that side of death, than you do on this side.  On this side, you may get to live 60, 70, 80 or 90 years or so.  But that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to eternity.  The time you spend on earth really isn’t that very long. 

It’s like if you stretched out a line around the world the first millimeter of that line would not even equal how tiny your life is compared to all the time you’re going to spend in eternity.  You were made for eternity and life is preparation for eternity.  You’re not going to find that in a self-help book, but it’s the truth.  Life is preparation for eternity. God’s purposes for you are eternal.  They are forever.  This is the key to the meaning of life.  Realizing that life is preparation for eternity. 

The Bible says this.  Notice 2 Cor 5:1, “When this tent we live in – our body here on earth – is torn down.  God will have a house in Heaven for us to live in.  A home He himself has made, which will last forever.”  You want to know how much you matter to God.  Well, I’ll tell you – you matter so much to God; He wants to keep you with Him for the rest of eternity.  For the rest of eternity – He wants to keep you with Him forever.  That gives meaning. 

Look at this verse, “Leave your impoverished confusion and live and walk up the street to a life with meaning.” (Proverbs 9:6)

(Adapted from “Why in the world am I here” by Rick Warren) 

10 Places To Find Money For The Capital Campaign

Money signI know, the biggest concerned people have when it comes to a capital campaign is, where in the world do I come up with money that I want to give to something that is so good and necessary? I really want to participate in a big way, but how do I? So here are some suggestions and sources to find resources to contribute to this Kingdom venture. That is, of course, assuming that you love God and you love the church and you really want to be a part of moving it forward, more than you love yourself and your own kingdom.






1.       STUFF. Let’s start with all of our stuff. Most of our houses are cluttered with stuff. Garages are cluttered with stuff. Get rid of some of it. Why do you think eBay and Craig’s List exist? It’s to get rid of stuff that can be used for building the Kingdom. So walk through your house, go up into the attic, go down into the basement, go out into the shed, and make a list of all the stuff that you can sell to give to the capital campaign.

2.       STASH. This might not be true of everyone, but is of some. There are those who keep a stash for a rainy day. And many times that stash is somewhere in the house. What better day is there than the day you can have a huge part in making Kingdom advancements? Use the stash or part of the stash to give generously to the capital campaign.

3.       SAVINGS. It is difficult to maintain a savings account in today’s economy, but not impossible. And for those who have disciplined themselves to do so, this provides an excellent source of revenue that you can tap for your part in the campaign, assuming that you’re willing to let go of it.

4.       SAFETY NET. If you follow recommended financial advice, you should have developed are building a reserve fund that serves as your safety net in case a crisis hits your family. That safety net or reserve fund could be several thousand dollars. How about taking part of the safety net and giving it for Kingdom advancement? I know, that leaves a big concern over what will you do if something drastic happens? Suggestion, if that should happen, open and equity account on your house and draw from it to cover the crisis. This is exactly what my wife and I are planning on doing.

5.       SACRIFICE AN INDULGENCE. This is where we usually find a lot of room to make a big difference with a lot of people. Most people have indulgences that would be good, if not great, for them to either let go of or kick. So take that money that you spend regularly on high dollar caffeine drinks, the six pack, or the cigarettes, or online porn or whatever else it might be, and turn it into a gift for God and the church. Watch it compound over the weeks and the months into a huge amount of money. And on top of that, you will save your own self from habits and indulgences that are probably more harmful than good and thereby improve the quality of your life and lengthen the years of your life.

6.       STEAL FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR. Oh, did I really say that? Let’s scratch that one. Let’s reword it this way. Maybe your neighbor or someone else owes you from something in the past. What better time and what better reason is there for you to go to this person and say, “I really need for you to pay me what you owe me because I want to give it to the church capital campaign.” This could be the reason you have been looking for to push for payback from someone who needs to pay up.

7.       SELL A CHILD. Did I really say that, also? That’s two weird ones. I have to watch myself. Scratch that one too, because I know there are some who would jump at this onestack-of-money too quickly. So let’s change the “sell a child” to sell a big ticket item. How about that wedding ring from three marriages back? Or those antiques that you never really liked? Or that extra car that hardly ever gets used? Look around and see what big-ticket items you might have that could be far better used for Kingdom advancement in the capital campaign. And as you do, understand how much we live in a materialistic world and the only thing that will overcome materialism is generosity. And the only way to really show that we love God and are generous is if we are willing to let go of our stuff.

8.       SET ASIDE A VACATION OR A MAJOR PURCHASE. For the sake of a greater cause, be willing to sacrifice something that you would like to have or do or have been looking forward to. Maybe it’s a vacation, maybe it’s a major renovation project on the house, or the purchase of a new vehicle. All of those can come in time, but are you willing to put them off for a period of time in order to have a major part in the capital campaign? When we sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom God blesses us with even greater things.

9.       SET PRIORITIES. For some, being able to generous participate in the capital campaign just comes down to setting financial priorities in your life. If you will determine that God and the church are of greatest importance and then build your spending and finances around that priority you will find that you will have extra funds to give to him and his cause. Sometimes it’s just a matter of prioritizing our life and our spending in the way that honors God.

10.   SEE AUNT SADIE OR UNCLE STAN. When all else fails go to Aunt Sadie or Uncle Stan, (or whatever their name might be) that would be more than willing to give toward or support a great cause for God, and ask them if they would partner with you and New Venture in this capital campaign adventure. Instead of Aunt Sadie or Uncle Stan it might be some other relative or friend that would be willing to share their wealth for something that you are so passionate about. But unless you ask them they will not respond.

So, as you can see, there are a number of sources from which to find resources for your part in the capital campaign. The key is to be creative in your thinking, courageous in your acting, and sacrificial in your giving. If you will, God will lead you to resources you may never have considered. Don’t be afraid to look outside the box. You will be delightfully surprised by what you will discover.

What If…Campaign Begins at NVCC This Sunday, May 1

Dear New Venture Family and Friends,whatif

For over eight years now New Venture has been devoted to helping people discover a growing adventure with God. At the same time we have reached out in numerous directions with a commitment to being the authentic presence of Christ in our community. Many lives have been changed and many who were living far from God have come back to him through Jesus. All of this has been accomplished through the use of rented facilities in the community.

Now God has opened the door to New Venture to be able to acquire her own property and ministry campus. God, in his timing, knew exactly what we needed.

So, with all our energy, we pursue God’s opportunity. We pursue it for three reasons:

·        to establish permanents in the community

·         to expand ministry to the community and world

·        to exponentially share Christ with the community and the world.

 The What If…Campaignis an unprecedented opportunity for New Venture to declare to the world that God is doing a mighty work in our lives. Over the next 24 months, please join us in prayer and participation in theWhat If… Campaign.  We believe this is where God is leading us as a church, and we believe God wants you to be a vital part of reaching more people through New Venture Christian Church.  Please consider:  What if God wants to use you in an awesome way?

Steve Thornton

Lead Pastor