You want me to come to Church? Really?

Yes, actually, I want you to come to my church! Believe it or not, I believe you will really love it! thrive))church-no-perfect-allowed

So, whether it’s been a long time since you’ve been a part of a Church or you’ve been feeling lately that you’re suppose to find a new church…

You’re invited to Thrive >> Church

Now, you read this invite 1 of 2 ways…

1. There is no possible way I would ever come to Church!?!


2. Huh, I’ve actually been looking for a Church. 

Regardless of how you read it and initially responded to the invite, know that you are wanted and invited to Thrive Church.

Yes, you are wanted even if you’ve burned by a church in the past.

Yes, you are wanted even if you said you would never be a part of a Church again.

Yes, you are wanted even if you far less than perfect and you think you would never be accepted.

Yes, you are wanted even if you are far God and don’t even know if you believe in Him.

So, what do you think? Today is the day that you could find a Church home. Today is the day that you can find peace with God. Today is the day that you could find a community of people who will accept you the way you are. Today is the day that you could experience hope.

Check out Thrive! We meet at Celebration Cinema at 9 or 1015am. I suggest getting there at least 15 minutes. Grab some coffee and donuts. Get your kids checked into Thrive Kidz and then head to theater one!

See you in a little bit!

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Today is the DAY…Check out Thrive Church

For months you’ve thought about checking out Thrive ChurchIMG_2484

You’ve heard about it…Yes, it’s the church that:

  • Meets in a movie theater
  • Is super crazy welcoming
  • Has free Bigby’s coffee and donuts
  • Where the band rocks
  • Has a great, safe and fun environment for kids and students
  • Laughs a lot
  • Is very serious about Jesus
  • Believes its OK to not be OK, but not OK to stay that way
  • Where no perfect people are allowed

Yes, all those things are true!

So, what do you think? Make today the first time you check out Thrive Church.

Here’s what you need…

  1. Invite someone to come with you
  2. Arrive about 15 minutes early, (we have two experiences and they start at 9 and 1015) especially if you’re bringing your kids
  3. Don’t worry, a lot of people are going to say hi to you
  4. If you drink coffee, grab some at the cafe
  5. If you have kids, check them into Thrive Kidz
  6. Head to Theater One and find a seat
  7. Be ready

Ok, that’s it! See you soon at Celebration Cinemas!


3 Ways to Engage with Thrive this week

It’s Friday and that means that Sunday is coming!

I couldn’t more be excited!! 

I’ve been waiting for January for a long time and I can’t wait for what’s ahead for Thrive this next year!! I was going to say these next few months, but gosh, I am really excited about Thrive in 2015!

But, these next few months, wow, are just going to be awesome! We kick it off with a series called ‘Keeping Up’ and that goes right into a series called ‘Sex Rocks’! Going to be an epic couple of months!

Then, on February 1st, also known as Superbowl Sunday, we are going to have an indoor tailgate party before and after church! We’re asking everyone to wear their favorite jerseys and we will have a great prize for the Ultimate Fan context! Can NOT WAIT!

So, if you’re a part of Thrive, there’s never been a better time to be ALL IN! There’s never been a better time to invite friends and family. And there’s never been a better to be ENGAGED with what God is doing in our Church.


1. Memorize the scripture of the week, Hebrews 12:1-2.

Every Sunday, we will have a scripture of the week and the a great way to engage with what God is doing is to learn the scripture!

Write it on a postcard or a post it note. Read it on your phone. Do it as a family!

Just let those words fill your mind and your heart!

2. Commit to being at Thrive!

We’re all busy, I get that. But, there’s a reason that scripture encourages us to not skip being together with our church family!

We start a brand new series on Sunday called ‘Keeping Up’. It’s so important to not miss any Sunday of this series because of a few surprises and experiential moments we have planned. Make a commitment and stick to it.

3. Bring the Energy on Sunday!!

There are enough quiet churches out there, we’re not! Its more than OK to clap, cheer, yell and be excited at Thrive! When the bands leading us…SING…CLAP…RAISE YOUR HANDS!!

When the Host welcomes us, let them know you’re at Thrive!!

Go out of your way to say hi to people. Sit by new people. Learn names.

Get to Thrive early and hang out in the lobby! Meet new people!

Come one! It’s going to be awesome!

See you on Sunday at either 9 or 1015!!!


Fix your eyes on Jesus

Can imagine, as a Jesus Follower, if we actually did that and if we really took those words seriously!?! Just imagine the life change in us that would happen. Just imagine the change in our families lives and friends.

New glasses

Today I get to go to an optometrist. Actually, my wife, Bekah and I get to go!

And, I am excited!!!! 

Get this and I’m not proud of it! My wife hasn’t had new glasses since 2007 and I’m not much behind her. And, our Church, Thrive Church, came together and blessed us with a terrific Christmas gift of new glasses for the three of us!! Just so humbling!!

Everything will probably change for me as I get new glasses. Ok, not everything, but a lot will. My eyes and what I will be able to focus on is about to change dramatically. I squint a lot right now. I struggle to read things far away. Shoot, I struggle to read things close up! But, that’s all going to change.

And, that will make life better. Unknown

As a Jesus follower, the author of Hebrews 12:2 encouraged us to fix our eyes on Jesus to focus on Him. Focus on how He lived and to live our lives in the same way.

Here’s how the message version says it…

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. 

In 2015 I’m doing everything I can to keep my eyes on Jesus.

To focus on Him. To Live like Him. To be Him to as many I can. To be as focused on my life mission as He was.