You’re Invited to Easter Sunday at Thrive!

Easter Sunday is tomorrow! Can you even believe it?easter

It is one of the most exciting days of the year.

Why? Because we get to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

So, I wanted to take a moment and personally invite you to Thrive Church.

We are a brand new (7 months old), non-denominational christian church in Mt Pleasant, MI! We meet at Celebration Cinema and our Sunday morning experience is at 10am.

We have great kids programs for infants through the 5th grade called Thrive Kidz.

I suggest getting at Thrive at 930. That way you can grab some Bigby’s coffee, maybe a donut and your little kids can bounce in the Thrive bouncy house.

Then, you can get your kids checked in to Thrive kids and then make your way to theater one. That’s where our Thrive experience is at. That starts at 10am and goes to 11am.

We have absolutely great seats and cup holders! But, you will experience some great music, a few videos and a message that will make you laugh, think and will give you some next steps to think about a relationship with Jesus.

After that, LOOK OUT! Yard-sign-Bunny-MI

We will head outside of the theater and our kids will experience a giant Easter Egg Grab.

Then, kids will have a chance to win a brand new bike!!!

What about the adults? Well, they can grab 1 or 2 or 7 donuts from the infamous Donut Tent. Completely stocked with Robaire’s donuts!!

It’s going to be a GREAT day!

You’re invited! Please invite someone and head to Thrive Church tomorrow!

Week four of ‘Do Good’ at Thrive Church

3 Reasons to be at the Worship night tonight

Tonight is Thrive’s first ever worship night. Worship Night

We have our good friends, ‘The Spark’ coming over from WI and we’re calling the night…

‘making Jesus famous’.

I am beyond excited and can’t wait to gather with the Thrive Community to worship and pray.

Why are hosting this night? 

We are hosting this worship night because it gives our Thrive community more of an opportunity to worship. Because we are passionately focused on reaching the unchurched with our Sunday morning experience, we don’t spend a ton of time on Sunday’s in traditional ‘worship’. Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t sing, pray and give. It just means, our time at the movie theater is very limited, so we have to watch our time.

That’s why a few times a year, we will host these worship nights.

What will it be like? 

First of all, there will be a GREAT band! So, if you like great music, but are still unsure about worship, no worries! Come and experience ‘The Spark and enjoy! But, they will play 6-8 songs. Most likely, they will be loud. Not all of them. But, some of them. We will intermix scripture in between the songs and there will be a time to pray. To either be prayed for, or just to pray quietly, you and God. We will talk about how we can make Jesus famous. And, then we will tell him through song how great He is.

Who can come? 

Anyone and everyone.

What time is it and Where? 

It’s from 630-800 and it’s at Vowles Elementary School (1560 S Watson, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858).

 3 Reasons to be at the Worship Night

1. To worship Jesus or as my friends ‘The Spark’ say…#loveJesusloud.

2. To gather together as a community and experience worshipping Jesus together…passionately…boldly…loudly.

3. To be a part of something that will be a highlight in the history of our young church.


A super encouraging compliment after Thrive

This past Sunday, I was on the receiving end of an amazingly nice and super encouraging compliment.

I was honored. 

I was blown away. 

I was humbled. 

And, I was so appreciative.

After our Thrive experience was over, a brand new person to Thrive, went out of their way to pull me aside and tell me about their experience at Thrive.

The thing they said that stuck out to me personally was…

“I love that I didn’t feel beat up after you got done teaching”

I asked what they meant and they said that they had visited other churches and when they left, they felt like someone had just been beating them over the head. They said it was refreshing to leave Church hopeful and couldn’t wait for the week to begin!

Wow, that just made my week! Thrive is ridiculously passionate about reaching people who know Jesus and our vision is to be a church that unchurched people love to attend. So, one of my values for teaching is to bring life.

I believe strongly that way too many teachers ‘speak at people and not with them’. When we speak at people, we can open up the door to beating them up verbally. When we speak with people, we invite them into the story and bring them along.

I’m just thankful that someone felt hopeful after Thrive and were pointed to Jesus.

Week two of ‘Do Good’ at Thrive Church

I loved last Sunday at Thrive

It’s funny, but every week I sit down to write this blog post and I end up saying just about the same thing…IMG_4900

I loved last Sunday at Thrive.

I’m not flubbing the truth, I’m not just saying it for hype, I’m not making something out of nothing…I just really enjoyed last Sunday at Thrive.

Now, I know I’m the pastor and I’m suppose to say that and I know there will be Sunday’s that I don’t enjoy…ok, I hope not!

But, right now…WOW…I loved it.

Here’s why I loved it:

1. People stepped up! It was one of those Sunday’s where people came out of the wood work to help and it was awesome! One of Thrive’s struggles right now is that we don’t have enough volunteers. I’m working on that big time. But, Sunday, people served and it was amazing.

2. Thrive Kidz is EXPLODING. Ok, not literally, but I do hope we explode some fun stuff when it gets warm! What’s just awesome is that every week, families are bringing more and more kids to church. That’s both GREAT and a cause for a great opportunity. It’s great because more kids are hearing and learning about Jesus, but honestly, we’re running out of space.

It’s a great opportunity to have!

3. Seeing entire families come to church. And, when I way entire families, I mean entire families. Not just mom and dad and the kids, but grandparents, aunts and uncles and family friends. It’s just so awesome and to hear some of the stories of the relatives inviting other relatives. How they’ve been praying for years for their family members to come to church and now they are. Wow, just humbling.

4. ‘Do Good’ series kicked off with a bang. We started a brand new series called Do Good-SS-Promo-1‘Do Good…simple ways to help others’. Week one was all about how if we take the step to be compassionate to others, God does something amazing in our lives. He forms our character and shapes us into more and more of his image when we serve, when we give, when we spread compassion on the people around us.

5. ‘Thank you’. After church on Sunday, we hosted an event called ‘After Party’. We do them every other month. We take over a local bowling alley, have lunch and then I share a little deeper look into Thrive and get a chance to meet people who have been coming recently to Thrive.

It was just awesome. I heard so many stories and at one point, a dad came up to me and thanked me. I said for what and he told me he’s been wanting to take his kids bowling for awhile but couldn’t afford it. He told me the after party meant the world.

I love my church!


Week One of ‘Do Good’ at Thrive Church