Author: Jason Raitz

Dad. Husband. Church Planter. Story Teller. Speaker.

What to expect when you check out Thrive Church

Every single week, I talk with people who ask me what Thrive Church is like. They ask me what they will experience and they ask what should they expect.

I’ve found that there is a cycle for people thinking about checking out Thrive Church.thrive))church-no-perfect-allowed

The cycle kind of goes like this:

1. God starts moving in their heart

2. A friend or family member posts            something about Jesus or Thrive Church on Facebook and they see it

3. At some point during the week, someone says something about church and it triggers what they just heard and had been feeling

4. Someone passes along a video message from Thrive and asks them to watch or listen to it

5. Its not what they expected

6. They’re now open to an invite or an ask to come to Thrive

7. God continues to move and they sense that have something missing in their life

8. They finally check out Thrive

9. It’s so not what they expected and they so weren’t ready for some of the emotions that are hitting them

10. God smiles

Ok, maybe thats a little longer than the average cycle, but you get the idea. God always seems to have a plan that’s working behind the scenes to get people moving towards Him.

So, if you’ve been thinking about checking out Thrive Church, here’s what to Expect.

Expect This…

1. Our goal is that you will be crazy welcomed, accepted and loved! That means people are going to say hi and ask if you need any help finding your way around.

2. There is going to be music everywhere! There is music in the parking lot, lobby, and everywhere!

3. It may or may not smell like popcorn! That’s because we meet in a move theater!

4. You will hear about Jesus. Actually, our goal is that you will leave wanting to find and follow Him. 

5. The music will rock! During the Sunday morning experience, we have a great band! You will recognize some of the songs and some you won’t. That’s ok.

6. People will cheer, clap and sing…LOUD! You can join in or hold back, whatever is best for you!

7. You will see a lot of videos. We do meet in a movie theater, so we take advantage of the big screen!

8. Your kids will love it! Our kids rooms are super fun and Thrive Kidz just rocks!!

9. Somebody will pray for you if you would like them too. We are a praying church and believe in the power of prayer. Just let someone know whose wearing a landyard?

10. You will be challenged to fully surrender your heart to Jesus. Just want you to know up front, that’s what we’re all about!

Ok, I hope you will join us on Sunday! Be there at 9:30am at Celebration Cinema!

7 Reasons to Check Out Thrive Church this Sunday

Every single week, I talk to people who are searching for a church home.

Some know it and some don’t.

My conversations range from…“I just wish I thrive))church-no-perfect-allowedcould find the right church” to “I’m done with church and I’m not trying that again”. 

Regardless if you think you need a church or not, here are 7 Reasons I think you should check out my church, Thrive Church.

7 Reasons…

1. You’ve been searching for a church.

Easy. The reality is, many people are searching for a church. They may already realize that or honestly, they may not yet, and that’s ok. But, if you’ve been searching for a church home, a church family that will love you and a Church that is passionate about Jesus, check out Thrive.

2. You’ve heard about Thrive and have been thinking about checking it out.

I was getting my haircut yesterday and the stylist asked me what I do for a living. Well, I told her and she asked what church. I said…Thrive Church.

‘OHHHH. I’ve heard of that place!’

She went on to tell me that she a few friends who have posted about it on Facebook and who have asked them!

3. You’ve been wanting to get yourself or your family back to church.

You have no idea where this thought came from, but you can’t shake it! So, do something about it!

4. You’ve been searching for a church filled with lots of kids.

The truth and reality is, not many churches have a ton of young kids! That’s a huge bummer! But, at Thrive, there are kids everywhere! It’s one of the primary reasons we’ve decided to launch our 2nd Sunday morning experience.

5. You’ve felt for a long time that there was something was missing in your life.

I talk with people all the time that say things like…”I just like something is missing”. Well, that could be a giant void in your life that only Jesus could fill.

6.  You will understand what’s going on. 

Maybe in your childhood you attended a church where you never knew what was going on. You did not understand what they were talking about or what they were doing. Well, at Thrive, I think you will. We’re super simple, super casual and a lot of fun.

7. The Music Rocks! 

Yes, every single Sunday we have a great band at Thrive! It rocks! Some weeks it’s more acoustic an some weeks its more rock, but it is always awesome. So, if you like a great band or you love to worship, you will love the music at Thrive.

More Reasons? Sure, why not! 

8. It’s short. 

Our experience is an hour long. Yeah, you’ll love it!

9. Thrive Kidz is awesome! 

If you have kids, they will love our kids environments!

10. It’s ridiculously welcoming and accepting! 

You may even be annoyed, but we want people to know we want them at Thrive!

I hope you can make it this Sunday! See you at 9:30am at Celebration Cinema!

Thrive Church Turns ONE










It’s crazy hard to believe, but Thrive Church turns ONE this week!

Woo Hoo!! 

This past year has gone by in a flash! It literally seems like yesterday that I wrote this post about our launch and here we are a year later and getting ready to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!

We have so much to celebrate!

All week long I’ll be posting about that and sharing some of my favorite God stories from this past year.

Until then, if you haven’t heard, you’re invited to…

Thrive’s One Year Celebration!

Where: Celebration Cinema

Time: 9:45am

What: Celebrate with us during our 10am experience and then hanging out afterwards! 

So, bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your co-workers. Bring your neighbors and let’s celebrate!






3 Ways to Engage this week at Thrive

3_Ways_LogoIt’s Friday. Actually, it’s late Friday afternoon.

Do you know what that means?

Yup, you guessed it! Sunday is only 2 days away!

I absolutely can’t wait and I wanted to give you a few ways to engage this week with Thrive.

3 Ways to Engage

1. Catch up on our ‘Messy’ Series. If you have missed any Sunday’s in this series, then head here and catch up.

This entire series has been focused on how to take the messiness out of our relationships and we finish this series this Sunday with a look at how to take the messy out of church families! Can’t wait!

2. Spend some time with Jesus. Tomorrow is Saturday. Get up extra early…I know, but get up and go for a walk and just talk to Jesus.

3. Connect with a fellow Thrive. Go to the Thrive Facebook group and click on names. Read a few names and then pray for them. Then, message them and let you know you have been praying for them!!

See you on Sunday!

Oh, please be there by 945am if you can!! Thanks!

I just love Sundays at Thrive!!

I don’t know about you, but I love Sunday mornings! I know that’s a shocker.

I’ve waited all week.

I’ve been praying for Sunday morning all week.

I know for many of us, it’s the only day for us to sleep in. 
I know for many of us, it’s the only free day some of us have.

But I know, Hebrews 10:25 says that powerful things happen we gather together as a church.

So, get ready!
Come prepared! Spend some quiet time alone with God before you come.
Do your part.
Clap, shout, sing loud.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Sit by someone new.
Please sit in the middle of a row.
Be open to God’s whisper.
Take a step closer to God.
Walk away from the sin that’s been holding you back.

I can’t wait to see you! I can’t wait to gather together!

Oh, today’s message topic is just about one of my favorite topic EVER!! I can’t wait to share!

See you at Thrive!

Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday

I have a story to share! 3_Musts_Logo

And, it’s a good one!

A few weeks ago, a new family visited Thrive Church! They said their first time at Thrive was overwhelming…in a good way! From the minute they walked in, someone greeted them and asked if they could show them around. They loved the experience and as they were leaving, they were approached by someone who asked if they were coming to the Women’s night, that night. They ended up coming and met a few people. They were overwhelmed and loved it!

Isn’t that awesome! 

Well, guess what? Sunday is coming and it’s only 2 days away!

We have the privilege of gathering together, worshipping, giving, learning, connecting and building our church!

So, here are 3 musts for Sunday…

1. Please get to Thrive early! We start at 10am, so shoot for 930am. Especially if you have kids! Then, make your way into theater one by 9:55am. It really helps! Plus, you don’t want to miss the songs Matt has picked for this Sunday!

2. We need you in Thrive Kidz. No, seriously, you are needed. Especially if you’re a parent. Please email and let us know you’re ready to step up and help us make the greatest kids environment we can!!

3. All things parenting. This Sunday I’m preaching on one of my absolute favorite topics…parenting. If you’re a parent, will be a parent, or are a parent to someone, don’t miss!!

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday at Celebration Cinema at 930am!

God provided a what??? He does answer Prayers!

So, let me cut right to it…

God answers prayers!

You cannot convince me otherwise!

It’s just not going to happen!

God answers prayers!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7)

This past year has been answered prayer after prayer, let me take you on a quick journey:

1. God, we need people to launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

2. God, we need support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

3. God, we need financial support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

4. God, we long to see people far from you trust in Jesus. 

Answered Prayer.

5. God, we beg you to heal marriages. 

Answered Prayer.

6. God, please move in our Church and draw people close to you. 

Answered prayer.

7. God, please send a worship leader. 

Answered prayer.

8. God, please give us a location to gather as a church. 

Answered prayer.

9. God, may we see people baptized!

Answered prayer.

10. God, may Thrive be a different kind of church. 

Answered prayer.

11. God, please open up the doors for Thrive to someday have a ministry center.