Join us as we invest in the future of the church.

What is NEXT Ventures?

The world is rapidly changing, and the church must continue to innovate to reach new groups of people with the gospel. Our driving motivation at Next Ventures is to foster innovation by discovering, equipping, and then accelerating the vital work of pioneering leaders shaping the future of the church.

We also believe there is a growing group of people who share our passion to see the church of North America thrive well into the future. We call them Venture Partners…

What is a Venture Partner?

Venture Partners are an exclusive group of ministry leaders committed to stewarding their resources by making a kingdom investment in the future of the church. In exchange for their financial investment, Venture Partners receive a front-row seat to innovative projects that are changing paradigms, developing new models of ministry, and carving new pathways into the future.

These projects are practical, actionable approaches that historians will one day conclude were critical to the success of the church in North America. Here’s a summary of how it works…

How does the process work?

The process begins by discovering a strong group of Venture Partners passionate about the future of the church in North America and willing to make a kingdom investment. These partners invest in a Venture Fund, allowing us to provide small “encouragement” capital grants to stimulate innovative projects nationwide.

The next step is to identify and select pioneering leaders whose innovative work will likely shape elements of the future church in North America. These ministry leaders, along with our Venture Partners, are then invited to a Shark Tank experience to learn more about these innovative ministries, champion their next steps, and accelerate their impact. We then continue to foster learning through our Innovation Labs, an online Zoom community to cross-pollinate ideas between Venture Partners and project leaders.

Finally, we hope to provide national visibility by aggregating and publishing learnings from each project in major media outlets, as well as podcasting and digital resourcing for the broader church.

Empower More Ministry. Shape the Future of the Church.

Current and Former Venture Partners Include:

  • Association of Related Churches (ARC)
  • Asbury Seminary – KY
  • Brentwood Baptist Church – TN
  • CDF Capital
  • Christ Together
  • Church at the Springs – FL
  • Cityview Bible Church – TX
  • City United Church – MA
  • Clear Creek Church – TX
  • Community Bible Church – TX
  • Community Christian Church – IL
  • Crosspoint Church – GA
  • Discipleship.org
  • Eastlake Church – CA
  • GLI Church Planting – CA
  • Hill Country Bible Church – TX
  • KC Underground – KS
  • Lakepointe Church – TX
  • Leadership Network
  • Lifepointe Church – NC
  • New Life Christian Church – VA
  • NewThing Network
  • Outreach Magazine
  • Parable
  • Power to Change Canada
  • Renew.org
  • Restore Community Church – MO
  • Resurrection Church – MN
  • RightNow Media
  • Saddleback Church – CA
  • Send Institute – IL
  • The Church of Eleven 22- FL
  • The Church Project – TX
  • The Kern Family Foundation
  • The Wesleyan Church
  • Willow Creek Community Church – IL
  • Hope Community Church – NC
  • Woods Edge Community Church- TX
  • Association of Related Churches (ARC)
  • Asbury Seminary – KY
  • Brentwood Baptist Church – TN
  • CDF Capital
  • Christ Together
  • Church at the Springs – FL
  • Cityview Bible Church – TX
  • City United Church – MA
  • Clear Creek Church – TX
  • Community Bible Church – TX
  • Community Christian Church – IL
  • Crosspoint Church – GA
  • Discipleship.org
  • Eastlake Church – CA
  • GLI Church Planting – CA
  • Hill Country Bible Church – TX
  • KC Underground – KS
  • Lakepointe Church – TX
  • Leadership Network
  • Lifepointe Church – NC
  • New Life Christian Church – VA
  • NewThing Network
  • Outreach Magazine
  • Parable
  • Power to Change Canada
  • Renew.org
  • Restore Community Church – MO
  • Resurrection Church – MN
  • RightNow Media
  • Saddleback Church – CA
  • Send Institute – IL
  • The Church of Eleven 22- FL
  • The Church Project – TX
  • The Kern Family Foundation
  • The Wesleyan Church
  • Willow Creek Community Church – IL
  • Hope Community Church – NC
  • Woods Edge Community Church- TX

Will You Join Us?

Choose from 3 levels of partnership to multiply your impact, insights, and strategic connections.

Hero Maker

Investment: $15,000

As a Hero Maker Partner you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Attend Shark Tank with two (2) people from your organization
  • Attend our Innovation Trade Show
  • Participate in quarterly Innovation Labs
  • Participate in Monthly Business Calls
  • Receive two (2) Exponential Event Tickets
  • Receive Access to our Pitching Deck at Exponential Global
  • Receive Ministry Updates from projects
  • Refer projects to Shark Tank

Kingdom Builder

Investment: $35,000

As a Kingdom Builder Partner you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Attend Shark Tank with four (4) people from your organization
  • Attend our Innovation Trade Show
  • Participate in quarterly Innovation Labs
  • Participate in Monthly Business Calls
  • Receive four (4) Exponential Event Tickets
  • Receive Access to our Pitching Deck at Exponential Global
  • Receive Ministry Updates from projects
  • Refer projects to Shark Tank

Gospel Catalyst

Investment: $55,000 

As a Gospel Catalyst Partner you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Attend Shark Tank with six (6) people from your organization
  • Attend our Innovation Trade Show
  • Participate in quarterly Innovation Labs
  • Participate in Monthly Business Calls
  • Receive six (6) Exponential Event Tickets
  • Receive Access to our Pitching Deck at Exponential Global
  • Receive Ministry Updates from projects
  • Refer projects to Shark Tank

Hero Maker

Investment: $15,000

As a Hero Maker Partner you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Attend Shark Tank with two (2) people from your organization
  • Attend our Innovation Trade Show
  • Participate in quarterly Innovation Labs
  • Participate in Monthly Business Calls
  • Receive two (2) Exponential Event Tickets
  • Receive Access to our Pitching Deck at Exponential Global
  • Receive Ministry Updates from projects
  • Refer projects to Shark Tank

Kingdom Builder

Investment: $35,000

As a Kingdom Builder Partner you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Attend Shark Tank with four (4) people from your organization
  • Attend our Innovation Trade Show
  • Participate in quarterly Innovation Labs
  • Participate in Monthly Business Calls
  • Receive four (4) Exponential Event Tickets
  • Receive Access to our Pitching Deck at Exponential Global
  • Receive Ministry Updates from projects
  • Refer projects to Shark Tank

Gospel Catalyst

Investment: $55,000 

As a Gospel Catalyst Partner you will receive the following benefits: 

  • Attend Shark Tank with six (6) people from your organization
  • Attend our Innovation Trade Show
  • Participate in quarterly Innovation Labs
  • Participate in Monthly Business Calls
  • Receive six (6) Exponential Event Tickets
  • Receive Access to our Pitching Deck at Exponential Global
  • Receive Ministry Updates from projects
  • Refer projects to Shark Tank

Are you interested in becoming a Venture Partner?

Email Carrie Williams, Executive Director of NEXT, at carrie@exponential.org.