Join Thrive’s 31 Day Prayer Walk

You are invited to join Thrive Church as we pray for the next 31 days. Now, of course we will continue to pray after these 31 days are finished. But, we’re attempting to come together as a Church and pray together for this fall for our Church.

And, you don’t have to walk when you pray. But, if you would like too, that would be great.

So, if you would like to pray with us, head here and join. Each day there will be a prayer guide posted to give you ideas on what to pray. You don’t have to use those, but they are suggestions.

Here is today’s…

Thank God for your Salvation~
2 Timothy 2:10–Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

Pray for our Church~
Ask God to bless our new 5 week series…’I love my church’. May our Church learn and grow how to be a Jesus centered Church.

If you are walking and praying and you take a picture of your prayer walk. Hashtag it. That way other Thrivers can be a part.

Use…‪#‎31dayprayerwalk‬

Thanks for praying! Thanks for seeking God!

Why I love my Church so much!

I love my Church! That’s probably pretty clear if you follow me on social media or  spend any time around me. I just really love my church. In fact, I really love the LOCAL CHURCH! I believe to my core that because of Jesus, it is the hope of the world!

Why I do love it so much? Because I get see miracles! 

Well, not too long ago, I was having a conversation with someone about my church, the church and God. In kind of an abrupt way they told me that miracles don’t happen anymore and so why be a christian…why be a part of a church!?!

I was dumbfounded and blown away! I told them that I see miracles all the time! They argued with me and again said that miracles don’t happen.

Are you freaking kidding me?

In Thrive’s 95 week existence, I’ve seen miracles of all shapes and sizes. I’ve seen men trust in Jesus who once hated God. I’ve seen marriages healed. I’ve seen relationships fixed. I’ve seen dozens and dozens of people baptized. I’ve seen a tiny little church start to grow so rapidly that we’re outgrowing our space. I’ve seen dads come to church who promised their kids they would NEVER come to Church.

Miracles. Big ones, small ones. 

I actually got this super encouraging text yesterday and I just loved it…

I just wanted to say thank you! No really, THANK YOU! Last Sunday marked my one year since I have been at Thrive. This Sunday marks my husbands one year. 1 of my children made the choice to have a relationship with Christ. 2 have been Baptized. 1 of the teens they bring to church was Baptized too. And we have a bazillion more Sunday’s to go!

I KNOW that GOD is moving at our Church and it’s an honor to be around a church where miracles happen.

AND…this FALL! Holy COW! This fall is going to be an amazing season of ministry for our CHURCH!

  • I believe people will come to know Jesus.
  • I believe people will experience Life Change.
  • I believe people will give up addictions.
  • I believe people will let go of sins that have been holding them back.
  • I believe people will see family members lives changed.
  • I believe people will be baptized!
  • I believe our time of worship will be so powerful!
  • I believe we will outgrow the theater!
  • I believe we’ll have so many people in Small Groups that we won’t know what to do!
  • I believe ONE YOUTH is going to outgrow the HUB.
  • I believe God will use Thrive Church to ROCK Central MICHIGAN!

I just can’t wait! It beings this Sunday with the start of our new series called ‘I love my Church’. I hope you will join us at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015!

See you on Sunday and get ready to some miracles!

I love my Church!

6 Reasons August is going to be a Ridiculously Amazing month for Thrive Church!

I could not be more EXCITED ABOUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST! I have been waiting, and waiting and waiting. And, it’s almost here! Why?

Because August is going to be an awesome month for Thrive Church

# 1…Our new series is called… ‘I love my Church’! It’s funny how some people react to that statement. Sometimes they look at you weird, like its strange to love your church. Yet, people love i love my churchsports teams and TV shows and a full array of things. Well, in this series we will talk about why we should love our church and when we do, we actually create an environment for people to be welcomed, accepted and loved!

# 2…31 Day Prayer Walk. Maybe you’ve picked this up at Thrive, but we love to Pray! We believe in the power of prayer and we’re asking EVERY THRIVER to commit to praying for our Church every day in the month of August. If you’re like me, I walk and pray! So, please join us. There will be a prayer schedule on facebook and we’ll email it as well.

# 3…Baptism and BBQ. My hope and prayer is that EVERYONE who calls THRIVE their home will be at this AMAZINGLY AWESOME SUNDAY on August 16th. Both worship experiences will be combined under one giant tent, we will Celebrate and Cheer our fellow Thrivers taking the step of BAPTISM in the lake, we will debut our new I LOVE MY CHURCH T-Shirts, we will have a giant POT LUCK, and we will party! (Giant inflatable events, great music, great food, swimming and Kan Jam!)

# 4…What’s so important about the Gospel? We have a very special opportunity to hear and learn from Dr. Tom Rundel on Wednesday night, August 19th from 7pm-830pm at the Hub. We will have a special time of worship and then Dr. Rundel will teach about the importance of the Gospel and why every follower of Jesus should know the Gospel. Don’t miss this night!

# 5…THE CHURCH has LEFT the BUILDING! On Sunday, August 23rd we are doing just that! No Joke! We’re all going to meet at the theater at 9am, get instructions and then we’re going to BLESS, and SERVE, and TAKE CARE OF our Community! We believe SAVED PEOPLE SERVE PEOPLE, so we’re going to do just that all around Mt Pleasant! Be watching your email for more instructions, but get ready!

# 6…Volunteer Kick off and Training. We believe every Thriver should SERVE at one experience and ATTEND at one experience. If you’re a current volunteer or would like to get plugged into a team, come to the Volunteer Kick Off on August 26th from 645pm-830pm at the Hub! Sorry, there won’t be any childcare available, but we will feed you!

I so you will join us and make a commitment to be a part of what is happening at Thrive!

 

The day you decided to give Church a chance…that could be today

What are you doing this morning? I know it’s early. And, you’re probably shocked this blog made it to your news feed. But, seriously, what if today is the day you decided to give Church a chance?

Maybe you’ve given up on Church. Promised you were done with Church. Or vowed you would never step foot into a church again.

OR

Maybe you’ve been thinking about it. Maybe a friend has been asking you. Maybe you’ve just had a hard time getting rid of the thought that you’re suppose to give Church a try.

Whatever the reason, today could be the day you give Church a chance.

You’re invited to Thrive Church

If you’re looking for a Church that’s Simple, Fun and Real, then check out Thrive.

We are very laid back and casual, we laugh a ton, there are no perfect people allowed and our mission is to help people find and follow Jesus.

We’re not about rules and traditions, simply, we’re about following Jesus.

So, we would love for you to join us this morning!

Head to Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015. You will get your kids checked into Thrive Kidz, grab some free coffee and donuts and then head to theater one for the experience.

See you soon!

Dad Fest 2015…An Absolutely Incredible Moment for Thrive Church!

DAD FEST 2015 Rocked! dad fest

I can’t believe that Dad Fest was 5 days ago! We planned and prepared and prayed for months and months and it’s already over! Even though everything didn’t go according to plan, it was still one of our BEST days as a Church and it was just incredible!

Why did it rock?

Because God used it to reach people who normally would never step foot into a church! Because there were multiple stories of men who told their wives they would come back to this church. Because families were introduced to Jesus.

What was DAD FEST you ask?

Dad Fest was a special day to honor dads and to give our Church an incredible opportunity to make it as easy as possible to invite and bring friends and family to check out Thrive Church! Last year we hosted it on the actual Father’s Day, but since we live in a college town, there are a ton of Thrivers who travel home to see their dads…so, we did it a week early.

What did we do at DAD FEST?

We planned to have (cool cars, police vehicles, giant inflatables, a live band, 40 ft climbing wall, a football skills area, fun archery, face painting and water balloons) in the parking lot, but because of rain we had to cancel it.

Even though that happened, it was still an absolutely STELLAR morning for Thrive Church!

During our experience, I challenged Dad’s to just not pass on DNA to their kids, but pass on what matters most. And, we looked at the example of Jesus in Mark 10. Our band was awesome and lead us in some great worship. We brought a couple of dad’s up and did a fun DAD vs DAD competition.

AND…we had a ton of food! No joke, we had a special DAD TENT and DAD reserved area where there was a ton of food covered in bacon (thanks to an amazing volunteer) and DADS and MEN received a chilled bottle of root beer with a DAD FEST cozi. It was just awesome!

Plus in the lobby of the movie theater we rent and in the tents after the experience, we had a ton of free food and drinks. And we had a picture wall for Dad’s to get a picture with their kids.

It was just a lot of fun and a ton of impact! 

And, actually, in spite of the rain, people still showed up! On a typical Sunday morning at Thrive, we have around 400 people. At Dad Fest 2015 we had 602. Its just nuts that we had a 136% increase over last years Dad Fest. And, all that for an 88 week old church! God is good!

ONLY GOD!

We do all of this because we want to passionately help people find and follow Jesus! And, we’ll do anything short of sin to reach IMG_5745people for Jesus! And, we’re willing to do things that no one is doing to reach people that no one else is reaching.

I am so incredibly thankful to everyone who prayed for Dad Fest. Who served. Who gave financially. Who invited and brought friends and family. And, those who showed up!

It was a major day for the history of Thrive Church and I already can’t wait till years!

Put down June 12th!!

We’re not even close to being done! There are 80,000 people in Central MI who don’t ‘have a Church home and we won’t stop or slow down!

I can’t wait till we add our Thrive location on the campus of Central Michigan University. And then a campus in Midland, Alma and Big Rapids!

Honored to be a part of this Church and I know the best is yet to come!

#ilovemychurch

Oh…in case you want to see more about Dad Fest, check out these links:

Watch the experience.

Look at the pictures.

Email Sarah.burkhart@thrivechurchmi.cc to get a copy of our Stratetic Plan.