Two area churches, Glenwood Christian Fellowship, 7872 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, and Frost Road Chapel, 935 Frost Road, Streetsboro, will officially become "one church in two locations," called Venture Church, beginning Sunday, Sept. 8. A balloon launch following the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship services at each of the sites, will mark the initiative.
The multi-site church initiative is a first for the Primitive Methodist denomination and is being announced by the Rev. Nathan Doyle, who has served as pastor of Glenwood Christian Fellowship since 2004. He is also district superintendent of the Primitive Methodist Church's Pittsburgh District comprised of 13 congregations in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Under the plan, Doyle is senior pastor of the Venture churches and the Rev. Chris Kuzma, who has served as an associate pastor with him for nearly two years, is continuing in that role from the Streetsboro site. Kuzma recently earned a master of arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University.
"By combining the resources of two churches, we are able to share the costs for duplicated efforts such as programming, website updates, and church bulletins," the senior pastor said. "While both churches will continue to offer their own Sunday worship services, my messages will be concurrently delivered by videotape at the church in Streetsboro."
At Venture Church in Streetsboro, Kuzma also recently initiated a Family Night program on Wednesdays based on one that Doyle has directed at Glenwood Christian Fellowship in Boardman. It includes dinner followed by small group Bible studies for adults and a Kids Club.
Doyle noted that his interest in multi-site operations developed after he visited a church of another denomination in Chicago. Like church planting, the concept provides greater outreach opportunities for members and has proven to spur revival and growth.
While the multi-site church initiative is new to Primitive Methodists, the denomination has been involved in church planting nationally and internationally since its first missionaries arrived in Guatemala in 1922. The denomination began in England in the early 1800's, supporting Methodist Revival not long after the death of one of the founders of Methodism, John Wesley.
Venture Church in Boardman offers a traditional exalt service at 9 a.m. and a radiate service of modern worship at 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Worship services at Venture Church in Streetsboro, are at 10:45 a.m. Sundays.
For more information, call Venture Church at 330-726-2643 or find them on Facebook.