HUGE Thrive Church Updates…Including an update on our future Next Gen Pastor

It’s 70 degrees and yes I’m wearing shorts! And yes, we are the kind of church where the Pastor wears shorts and I love that! Actually, once I wore khaki’s on a Sunday morning and was lovingly chided for weeks about that!! So great! 

If you call Thrive Church home, if you support us from a distance or you’re interested in being a part, here is everything you to need to know right now.

EVERY UPDATE…THE STUFF YOU GOTTA KNOW!!

 Update One…The Next Gen Pastor Update! We are hiring a Next Gen Pastor! We are ridiculously EXCITED! We have been praying for months, actually a year and we have a Candidate! An unbelievable man who has a great wife and an amazing family!

They will be officially interviewing the first week of May and we’re inviting all Thrive Kidz and One youth parents to meet them on Wednesday night, May 6th at 7pm at the Hub! Meet them, hear their story and ask them questions. They will be interviewing with our financial team, our Thrive Kidz and One youth leadership teams, our students will meet them and they will be interviewed by our Management team down state!

If you’re interested in helping us raise the extra support needed for this giant venture, thank you!! You can head here to give online!

Update Two…Week Two of ‘What on Earth am I here for’ is this Sunday! Did you miss week one? thrive oneGo and watch it. Be ready for week two. We’re diving into the idea that we were created to belong to God’s family!! This Sunday is going to ROCK!! I popped in on the band rehearsing last night and it was awesome! Get ready!

Update Three…START Class is this Sunday and Next! If you’re a current volunteer with any team you need to go through this class. If you want to get to know more about Thrive Church, attend this class. If you’ve ever wondered what we believe, attend this class. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s time for you to officially call Thrive Church home, attend this class!

It’s in theater 3 at 1015!! See you there!

Update Four…Are you in a Growth Group? If not, here are some to pick from. Email info@thrivechurchmi.cc to get signed up!

Tuesday night women’s group. Lead by Connie Haley. They meet at the Hub at 630pm.
Wednesday night mixed group. Lead by Bryan and Delani Huntoon. They meet at the Hub at 7pm during One Youth.
Thursday night young professionals group. Lead by William and Chelsea Schneider. They meet at the Hub at 7pm.

These are Exciting times at Thrive Church! Please, PLEASE be praying for our Church. Pray for God’s protection, His blessing and his hand!

I know that the best is yet to come!!

See you Sunday at either 9 or 1015! 

 

What if you actually believed God loved you? Find out what could change in your life at Thrive Church today

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That’s right, you are invited to Thrive Church today!

Today is the day! There is plenty of time to decide to come. There’s actually enough time to message/call/text a friend and bring them. We meet at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015am. Be about 15 minutes early and head down to theater one.

Oh, don’t worry about what you’ll wear. Yes, clothing is needed. But, the kind of clothing…not so much. Wear jeans or whatever is comfortable to you.

Today, we’re going to dive into the question…

What if you actually believed that God loved you? 

I mean, just imagine what could and what would change. Having a hard time figuring out what would or could change, then make sure you come to Thrive this morning!

Here’s the deal. There is a God and He is ridiculously in Love with you. Guess what? He still loves you if your past is not so great. Guess what? He still loves you if your prideful. Guess what? He still loves you if you think you’re perfect.

God loves you and your life could change for the better if you live and believe that God completely and absolutely loves you!

So, maybe you’ve been feeling a tug and a push to find a church home and you just don’t know why. Maybe your Facebook feed has exploded about church stuff and maybe even your feed has exploded about Thrive Church. Maybe you have a friend who is a part of Thrive and they’ve been asking you to come. Maybe you’ve thought about it. Or maybe you haven’t.

Whatever your situation, you’re invited to Thrive this today at either 9 or 1015!

See you soon! 

Thrive Kidz Training + New Series + Baptism = Great weekend ahead for Thrive Church

I am sitting in a hotel room in Overland Park, KS and I just can’t wait to get home!

It’s been a great week at the Church Planters Assessment Center, but I am more than ready to be home with my family and be a part of a great weekend at Thrive!

My hope and plan is that every person who calls Thrive Church home will take advantage of what’s happening this weekend and be a part of it all.

We’ve had a couple of great weeks at Thrive and I really believe this weekend will only continue what God has been doing in our Church!

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1. Thrive Kidz Training. On Saturday morning at the Hub from 9-1130. We will have breakfast for you at 830am. Kids matter at Thrive and we believe Saved people Serve people and that’s why it’s so important to be trained at how to care, teach and love kids the best you possibly can.

If you’ve never served in Thrive Kidz, the time is now. If you’re a parent who drops off kids in Thrive Kidz, the time is now to step up and serve!

2. ‘What on earth am I here for’?. We start a brand new series for five weeks and we’re going to tackle questions like: What is my calling? Do I have a purpose? What am I suppose to do with my life? And, as a church, we are all going to read Rick Warren’s amazing book…‘What on earth am I here for’? Pick it up on Amazon of the Thrive store on Sunday.

Plus, this next week we start a short spring season of growth groups and together we will dive into this book!

3. BAPTISM and Family Swim! One of the most exciting moments for our Church is happening this Sunday from 1230-2pm at the Rose Pool at CMU.

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So, please come. Bring your families. We will cheer and celebrate the families getting baptized and then families are invited for a FREE Family Swim! It’s awesome!

Here is more information on baptism and if would like to talk to someone or ask questions, just email info@thrivechurchmi.cc.

It’s going to be a GREAT weekend for Thrive Church! So, don’t miss out! BE a part and then let’s go and BE the Church during the week and help people find and follow Jesus.

A letter to my Church about Easter at Thrive

Dear Thrive Church,

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait till tomorrow. I have been waiting, anxiously waiting for Easter Sunday for months and I am so excited it’s almost here. Don’t get me wrong, I love every Sunday, you know that, but there is just something about Easter Sunday!

We have literally been preparing, planning and praying for Easter Sunday for months. Way before Christmas we started to dream and to started to talk about it. And, as the theme and scripture came together and God continued to put on our hearts what we needed to share, the excitement began to grow and grow. Then, our events team started to dream and put together a great plan as well.

And, now we’re here! This time tomorrow, Easter at Thrive will be in our rear view mirror. Before we get to Easter morning,  I wanted to share a few things with you that have been on my heart.

I love our Church. I really do. I have loved our church since it was a dream in my journal. I have loved our church since it was only a discussion around a dining room table. I loved our church when a dozen of us gathered in my living room on Christmas eve a few years ago. I loved our church when we met in the Shepherd Bar. I loved our church when started meeting at Celebration Cinema and now that we have two experiences, and staff and more and more people. I love our church. I love what God is doing. I love what we’re about. I love it.

I love that we will do anything short of sin to reach people for Jesus. We will! Already in our short 78 weeks, we have attempted some crazy stuff. Most recently our shoe project! How crazy was that!?! Let’s keep dreaming! Let’s keep attempting crazy stuff. Let’s let nothing EVER stop us from reaching people for Jesus!

I love that we care about kids and students! We have to care more! We have to continue to raise the bar for our kids and students. We have to be a church that never gives its scraps to our kids and students. So, let’s pray for them. Let’s create great environments for them. Let’s do whatever it takes to pour into them.

I love that we’re all about Jesus. That’s it! We exist to help people find and follow Jesus! Not only to find Him, but then to learn how to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus. To be Jesus. To live Jesus. To love the world like Jesus loves. We have to be all about Jesus.

Tomorrow is Easter.

We have a HUGE day planned. Our band and creative team and events team and kids team have been working over time to make tomorrow morning the best Sunday it could ever be.

SO…

Let’s pray. Let’s seek God. Let’s ask God to move. Let’s beg God to break hearts. Let’s pour into kids and students. Let’s worship. Let’s love. Let’s live for Jesus. Let’s change. Let’s be more like Jesus. Let’s care more for others than we do for ourselves. Let’s give. Let’s give financially. Let’s serve.

I love our Church and can’t wait to see what God is going to do through you!

See you tomorrow!

Jason

>> Easter Sunday is the PERFECT Sunday to be at Thrive Church >>

Can you even believe it? This Sunday is Easter Sunday!?! 2 days!

I don’t know what has kept you from Church.

I don’t know what has kept you from God.

I don’t know if you’re a part of a Church or not, but what I do know is that this Sunday is the…

PERFECT

Sunday to be at Thrive Church!

It’s perfect because…

1. You’re invited to Thrive Church! We would love to have you, your family and your friends at Thrive this Sunday. Simply put, we’re saving a seat for you! So, if you’ve ever wanted an invitation, here it is! Please come to Thrive this Sunday. We meet at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015!

2. You’re wanted at Thrive Church! No really, we want you to be a part of our Church. And here me when I say this, don’t let the standard excuses stop you from being a part. What are those excuses? How about…’you don’t know what kind of person I am’ or ‘God couldn’t love someone like me’ or ‘if you knew my past, you wouldn’t want me at your church’.

Yup, I’ve heard them all. And…you are still wanted at Thrive Church!

3. Your kids will love Thrive Church! No, really, they will really love it. We have a whole wing dedicated to your kids. It’s fun, it’s safe and they will learn about Jesus.

Plus, this Sunday, right after each experience, there is a giant Easter Egg grab with 1000’s of Eggs, a bike give a way and donuts from Cops and Donuts!

4. You will enjoy the experience. I hear it time and time again that church is boring and that nothing makes sense. Well, at Thrive, trust me, you will be engaged and the experience is designed with you in mind. So, our band will play a few songs, some you will know and some you won’t. Many people will sing with the songs and they will sing loud! We’ll watch a video or two that will tie into the message and then I’ll teach a message straight from the Bible. Get ready, we laugh a ton, but we also take the message of Jesus very seriously!

So, this Sunday will be PERFECT!! Will you come? Will you bring your family? I sure hope so!

See you at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015. Oh, I would be about 20 minutes early!! The seats fill up pretty quick!!

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