Every institution should be willing to change.
Pixar initially started making hard drives for the movie industry. They morphed into an animation studio that was so successful that Disney scooped them up.
Apple initially started to make parts for computer hobbyists. They morphed into a world-dominator of technology gadgets.
Netscape initially started as a internet browser. They didn’t keep up and became obsolete.
At Ventana we sense a shift is in order.
Our applications have dwindled due to the financial downturn. Short-term mission groups are looking for “safer” options. The student clientele has seemed to slip from initiators and campus leaders to those who are in transition and unsure.
Yet, we’ve been faithfully facing these challenges. We’ve never been about the numbers. We’ve never measured success in the immediate. We’ve never faced a budget crisis (thanks to countless regular supporters).
Additionally, the climb up the hill hasn’t been getting any easier. Linking with churches hasn’t been easy or sustained. We’ve wanted to partner with other ministries but few have emerged. And even more challenging is trying to convince parents that going directly into college isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” scenario.