Facing the impending resignation of their pastor, the congregation of Venice Church in Los Angeles faced several potential choices: find a new pastor, shutter the church and sell the property, or find a church to merge with. Through some longtime relationships, Venice Church opted to merge into the EastLake Church Network. While the choice was initially quite frightening, it has led to both Venice Church and the Network benefitting from the partnership. Venice’s rich history, committed members and legacy of faith partnered with the resources and energy of the EastLake Network and we’ve seen the Network grow! Not only is the attendance at Venice increased, but there is life and vitality back at Venice Church. New faces, community service, and programs for people of all ages and stages has meant a rebirth of the strong faith community at Venice. We can’t wait to see how both the EastLake Church Network and Venice Church continue to thrive through this partnership and living on mission together for God.