Church Planting

You’re invited to a Prayer Walk at 7am this Saturday!

That got your attention, didn’t it? 

First of all…a prayer what??

And second of all…at 7am!?!

Third of all…won’t it be cold outside?

I know what you’re thinking…Raitz you are crazy! 

Maybe, but I passionately believe in the power of prayer and I believe in praying big prayers. 

So, I’ve made it a habit to do a prayer walk every Saturday morning!

This week I’m asking you to join me. 

Why?

Because Sunday is an absolutely HUGE day for our Church. Outside of Easter, there may not be a Sunday that people are more willing to accept an invitation to Church.

So, as a Church we are going to pray GIANT prayers and BEG God to move in our Church!

You’re invited.

Just show up at 7am.

Wear warm clothes.

I’ll have a prayer guide if you would like that.

Let’s pray for God to move in such crazy ways that people will ask questions about our church and can only say…’It’s all God’!

See you on Sunday at Celebration Cinema! 

 

A dad, a son and a grandson…One of my favorite moments ever at Thrive

Yesterday was an awesome day. IMG_3302

There was a moment at Thrive that was very special.

I asked my 12 year son, Bobby, and my dad, Bob, to come up and each pray for the Christmas Offering. 

I can’t even begin to tell you the joy I have about serving together in ministry with my family.

My wife loves our Church. My 14, 12, 10 and 6 year old love our church. My parents love our church.

Now, my kids may not always love it. I know that is a very real reality.

But, for the time being, I love my that family serves together at Thrive Church.

My dad is one of our humblest volunteers. You will never hear him complain. His body aches, his back hurts, he knees are bad. And yet, he’s at the church every Sunday morning at 7am to unload and set up church.

One of the things that I will never take for granted is that my childhood was rooted in God. I am so thankful that my parents talked about God, studied God, taught me to pray, taught me to serve and now do the same with their grand kids.

It’s just awesome.

And, to know that my kids get to witness their grand parents help build our church together, yeah, that’s just an honor.

A dream a long time ago

When Bobby was born, it was awesome. To be able to introduce Bobby Raitz to Bob Raitz was a life highlight! Well, not long after that, one of the ladies at our church told me she had a dream about my family.

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical. She told me in her dream she saw my dad teaching dozens of kids. Ok, that part made sense because my dad was my youth pastor. She went on to tell me that saw me teaching hundreds. Ok, again that part made sense. I was a youth pastor and I had been traveling and teaching at camps and retreats.

Then she said…she saw my son teaching thousands.

Wow. I still don’t know what to think about it. But, I will tell you this. I will support whatever path of life any of my kids feels is the one God is calling them too.

But, if God calls them to ministry, man, that would be awesome!

So proud to be Bob Raitz’s son and so proud to be Bobby Raitz’s dad.

Week two of ‘Christmas Remixed’

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What I love about…Thrive Church

What a day! I woke up at 445am and for some reason, I’m still up! That doesn’t happen very often!

I’m still up because my mind and heart is racing from an amazing day.

Here’s the thing…

I LOVE MY CHURCH! What_I_Love_Logo

Today was an amazing! Here is what I love my church…

1. I love that dozens and dozens of people band together every Sunday. Thrive absolutely cannot happen without a ton of people serving together!

2. I love that so many people Facebook about Thrive Church! I really do. It’s so humbling and so cool!

3. I love that kids are loved and taught about Jesus every Sunday. 

4. I love that so many people took time to bake cookies for our Christmas Cookie Sunday!

5. I love how much the Matt Moore band rocked today at Thrive!

6. I love that our church gave $12,080 towards our Christmas Offering! 

7. I love that our students hung out with other churches tonight. 

8. I love that a group of Thrivers are serving at a homeless shelter this week! 

9. I love that 2 people trusted in Jesus this week! 

10. I love that God has given me the privilege of being Thrives Pastor! 

#ILOVEMYCHURCH

7 things you’ll experience today at Thrive Church…

Today is the DAY!! IMG_5717

You’ve thought about it, you’ve considered it, you’ve asked friends and family and you’ve stalked Facebook for awhile to make sure you really want to check out Thrive Church.

The decision has been made and you’re heading to Thrive at either 9 or 1015! And, you actually have a friend coming with you so that’s comforting to have someone with you!

So, here’s the question you’ve probably been thinking…

What will I experience today at Thrive Church? 

Great question and here’s exactly what you will experience…

1. A weird comfort when you pull into the parking lot. That’s because Thrive Church meets in a movie theater and who doesn’t love going to the movies, right? So, you’ll already feel right at home.

2. Huge smiles from people that genuinely want you at Thrive. Yeah, that’s right on. From the moment you leave your car and head up to the building, there are people at the doors and around the building who are there to greet you, help you and get you the answers you need to make your experience the best it can be.

3. A bright, super fun and exciting environment. I can’t explain it any other way. From the moment you walk in, you’ll hear music playing. You will walk into the lobby and of course it already feels like a movie theater with movie theater posters. But, you will also see big huge banners pointing out everything you need to know about Thrive.

4. A Hot Chocolate Bar and Christmas Cookies! This doesn’t happen all the time, but today it is happening and it’s going to be amazing!!

5. Thrive Kidz!! If you have kids, look for the Thrive Kidz banner and get them all checked in. Then head over to your kids room and drop them off! They will love Thrive Kidz!!

6. A Great band, great music and great songs. Today, the Matt Moore Band is leading us and will be doing a mixture of Christmas songs and worship songs. It will be awesome!

7. Jesus. That’s right, Thrive Church is all about one thing…Jesus. Actually, our mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. So, today we will talk about His life and we will talk about how he alone can give us hope and peace and joy!

So, there you have it! 7 things you’ll experience today! Get ready! There’s still time to invite someone. There’s still time to decide to come.

See you at either 9 or 1015 at Celebration Cinema!

4 Stupendously Awesome Reasons to Check out Thrive Church tomorrow!

Maybe you’ve thought about checking out Thrive Church.

Maybe you haven’t.

Maybe you have a friend who posts about it all the time and you’ve wondered why they do.

Maybe you’ve watched a few of the messages from Thrive and you’ve thought about checking it out in person.

Maybe someone handed you a card and invited you to come with them.

Maybe this is the first time you’re hearing about Thrive Church.

Whatever your situation, you’re invited to Thrive Church tomorrow! 

Here are 4 Stupendously Awesome Reasons to Check out Thrive Church…

1. It’s Christmas time! For some reason you’ve thought about getting yourself and if you have a family into a Church for Christmas. Check out Thrive on December 14th (9 or 1015am), the 21st (9 or 1015am) or the 24th (6-7pm).

2. Free Hot Chocolate and Christmas Cookies. Yes, now I have your attention. Tomorrow is our annual Hot Chocolate Bar and Christmas Cookie Sunday at Thrive! Seriously, come and enjoy!

3. The Matt Moore Band. Yes, you read that right. The Matt Moore Band is playing at Thrive tomorrow!

4. A Church that exists for…

No Perfect People

Seriously, you can’t use your excuse that church is only for perfect people. At Thrive, you are welcomed–accepted–and loved from whatever background or place in life you’re at.

We all look to Jesus and that’s who we find our hope in!

So, what do you say? Hope to see you tomorrow! 

 

A little bit of Saturday randomness and ramblings…

A little bit of randomness and ramblings…

1. It kind of makes me sad when people unlike Thrive Church’s Facebook page. Probably shouldn’t. Don’t know why it does. But, really, who does that?

2. Somebody asked me today why I take a prayer walk around Celebration Cinema every week. Because I’ve read Circle Maker a dozen times. If you haven’t read it, buy this book and get ready!circle

3. Someone just messaged me and told me that for the first time in their life they are excited to be a part of a Church.

Yeah, that’s amazing and so humbling!

4. One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies. I just realized that I haven’t been to a movie in months and months. That’s a first.

5. I really can’t wait for tomorrow! I love Sunday!

Ok, there is your Saturday’s dose of randomness and ramblings!