A NEW day for Thrive…We hired a NEXT Gen Pastor!!

I am beyond EXCITED to announce that Thrive Church has hired a Next Gen Pastor! His name is Craig Torgerson and he’ll be starting this summer. He’s currently a youth pastor in TN and is working hard at transitioning, selling a house, getting packed and then moving up to MI. IMG_5127

It’s really a new day for Thrive and I couldn’t be proud!! 

The reality is, it’s time to hire a Next Gen Pastor. We’ve known this for many months, but God made it abundantly clear last fall.

Over the last year…

  • Thrive’s Sunday attendance has grown by 102%
  • Thrive Kidz has grown by 55%
  • One Youth has grown by 237%.

It’s time! And, we say all the time at Thrive that we never want to give our kids and students the scraps, so we’re ready to have a Next Gen Pastor on staff.

Craig will provide directional leadership to the Thrive Kidz team, he will lead One Youth and help families be God’s plan A for raising their kids. Craig grew up in Central MI and he and his wife Claire met at Central Michigan University. Together they have 3 kids under 3! Wow!

Craig and Claire went through the Church Planters Assessment Center and did great! A few weeks ago he finished up his interviews with our Church and we offered him the job and he accepted!

I’ve been praying for the day that we could add a Next Gen Pastor even before we started as a Church! It’s been a regular part of my Saturday morning prayer walks forever and I’m just humbled that God answered our prayers.

Like ever other full time staff member at Thrive, Craig will be raising part of his salary. Since we’re a church plant, our full time staff members have committed to helping raise half of their salary for their first two years. The reality is, a our church size should be able to handle three full time Pastors on our budget, but our giving is just not there quite yet. Our monthly giving has grown 69% over the last year, but our numerical growth has far outpaced that. Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 5.13.31 PM

If you would like to help us raise additional funds, you can give here. Our goal is to raise $24,000 by July 1st. When you head to the link, you can either give to Thrive’s General Fund or directly to the Craig Torgerson Support Fund. All gifts are tax deductible.

Thanks for considering and thanks for giving! Without your financial gifts, Thrive Church just wouldn’t exist!

Please be praying for our Church as we transition into having a new staff member! Please pray for Craig’s ministry and for the Torgerson family!


Can’t wait to share a HUGE Announcement and start our #Fail series @Thrive today!

I am BEYOND excited!

I am BEYOND thrilled!

I am BEYOND humbled!

Yes, I have been waiting for May 17th to come forever! Ok, not forever, but awhile!

It’s been hard to be patient. It’s been hard to wait. But, the 17th is here and I’m ready!

Ready for What?

ONE…I have a HUGE announcement to make.

And, what I’m going to announce has been take a year of praying. A year of seeking God and egging Him. A year of prayer walks. A year of conversations. A year of dreaming. A year of being on our knees.

But, the time is here and I’m ready to announce it! I can’t wait! And, I am beyond excited!

I am so humbled that I get to announce this news when Thrive Church is only 83 weeks old!

TWO…We start the #Fail series! fail

I have been waiting for this series since last June when we started writing it! Failure and success is something that EVERY single person deals with and we’re going to dive into God’s Word to see what He has to say about how to respond when life disappoints us!

So, whether a relationship has failed, you got fired from a job, you received terrible news, something you’ve been working on bombed or when life has just beat you down. This series is for you!

Don’t miss a week of it! It’s 3 weeks and like always, head to Celebration Cinema at 9 or 1015!

See you this morning at Thrive Church! 


Mother’s Day at Thrive…Yeah, it Rocked!

Wow! It just never gets old to say this…but I just really LOVE MY CHURCH! 

I love my church because…

  • We’re passionate about people who have given up on God and on Church.
  • We’re passionate about caring for people who are hurting.
  • We’re passionate about going the extra mile to honor moms.
  • We’re passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus.

This past Sunday was one of our best days as a Church and it was just so awesome to see so many moms, and step moms and future moms loved and honored!


Moms Rock at Thrive and so do you!

Today is Mother’s Day! Woo Hoo! I would be nowhere in life without my amazing Mom and I’m so thankful for her!

At Thrive Church, we believe Moms Rock (and future moms rock) and today we’re going to honor and celebrate and love on them!

Simply put, Thrive Loves Moms! 

So, if you have a Mom, a Step Mom or a Grandma or an Aunt or someone who is a Mom like figure to you…

Get them to Thrive this morning!!

We are going to celebrate them and we have a few super fun surprises for our time together this morning!

Also, we have a ton planned for non moms! So, if you find yourself not the Mom category of life, then this morning is still a ton for you as well!

We finish our series ‘What on earth am I here for’, It’s Pajama day in Thrive Kidz, I am interviewing our Next Gen Pastor Candidate (please come to meet him and his family!) and I’m doing something during the message that I’ve never done in 20 years of teaching/preaching!


Head to Thrive this morning at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015am.

I highly recommend getting there 15-20 minutes!! Don’t miss out!!

Mother’s Day at Thrive…I CANT WAIT!

Tomorrow is Mothers Day! momsrock

Tomorrow is also Sunday!

That means we get to honor and celebrate and cheer for Moms at Thrive!

It’s going to be just awesome and I can’t wait!

Every Sunday at Thrive is a BIG deal!

There are no Sunday’s that we plan a little lighter or go easy on the creativity because we’re expecting less people to show up.

Nope. We give it our best, each and every Sunday. Honestly, let me let you in on an inside secret. We want to plan and prepare and pray so well, that when people do miss, they’re bummed they will be missing Thrive. And, we purposely don’t share the whole plan for some Sunday’s so people surprised.

It’s really important to us to do things with excellence, things are Jesus focused, bathed in prayer and done really well.

BUT…there are 6-7 Sunday’s a year that we go a little above and beyond our normal planning. Why? Because those Sunday’s people who are completely done with Church are a little more likely to say yes to an invite. So, for…

Superbowl Sunday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Outdoor Baptism and BBQ, Anniversary Sunday and Christmas. 

We really pull out all the stops. We have an events team that plans special events to make those days are even more special and we do all of that to help people find and follow Jesus. That’s it. There is no other reason.

So, tomorrow at Thrive will be special! We’re honoring Moms and Future Moms. And that includes Aunts, Grandma’s, Step Moms and Mom like figures.

We have a few things happening tomorrow at Thrive that we’ve never done and I couldn’t be more excited! Again, all of it is to help people find and follow Jesus. And, in the process, we’re really going to BLESS Moms!

If you’re looking for a Church home, bring your mom and head to Celebration Cinema at 9 or 1015. I HIGHLY suggest getting there 15-20 minutes early!!

See you tomorrow!