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Think Church is boring?

Have you ever had the thought…

Church is boring. 

I bet you have. I have. My goodness, I have had that thought a ton!

I grew up in very traditional churches and that thought swirled around in my head quite a bit!

Let me ask you another question…

Has that kept you from being a part of a Church? 

If it has, I’m asking you to give the church one more shot. I know, I know, you said you never would again!

I have had lunch with people who have told me that church is boring, that its outdated, that its lost its touch and that its not relevant any longer.

But, for some reason you came across this blog post this morning and I’m guessing that’s because you have a friend who has asked you to check out their church.

So, what about one more shot?

And, if you live in Central MI, what about checking out Thrive Church this morning? Thrive is a non-denominational Church that started about 60 weeks ago by people who wanted to create a church that people who are done with church, would love.

Yup, that’s it.

Thrive is a church for people who don’t like Church. 

Thrive is Simple, it’s Real and it’s Fun.

Our HUGE goal is that when you check out Thrive this morning, you will step into an environment where people want you to be. We’re a church that believes there should be no perfect people allowed. So, just come. Don’t worry about dressing up. Don’t worry about not understanding what’s going on.

You’re probably going to hear songs you’ll recognize from the radio, see a clip from a movie you’ve seen and hear a message from the Bible that will deal with everyday stuff.

 

At Thrive, we believe the message of hope and life that Jesus offers is the most EXCITING message ever. 

So, it could never be boring! 

I so hope you can check out Thrive this morning! If you have kids, there is a special kid church for them called ‘Thrive Kidz’. Get to Celebration Cinema about 15 minutes early. You can grab some coffee and donuts and then head to the big Thrive Kidz sign and our Thrive Kidz volunteers will get your kids all checked in.

After that, head down the hallway to theater one!

And, please let me know if your experience at Thrive was boring! Email me at jasonraitz@thrivechurchmi.cc.

Ok, see you in a little bit!

3 Ways to Invite Someone to Thrive this Sunday

Ever feel like there isn’t enough time?

Ever get all stressed out because there isn’t enough time to do something?

Ever convince yourself that the week is over and there isn’t enough time to invite someone?

Well, guess what?? I have good news for you.

There is time to invite someone to Thrive this Sunday! taming tech header

Yes!

So much time!

And, who knows, your invite could lead them to surrendering their life to Jesus. It could lead them to experiencing hope. It could open up the doors for them to experience being accepted and welcomed. It could put people in their life who will care for the first time, maybe ever.

It could!

So, what are you waiting for?

Here are 3 ways to invite someone…

1. The telephone. I know, this is crazy, right!?! But, it’s still pretty darn effective! Just call and ask. Say something like…

‘Hey, what are you doing Sunday morning? I’m heading over to Celebration Cinema to be a part of my kicking awesome church. Oh, it’s called Thrive. Super fun. Super laid back. Super casual. Super great music. Super easy to understand and the messages are real and meaningful. So, I’ll pick you up at 10′?

2. Hand them an invite care. Every week at the info table at Thrive are piles of invite cards. Just start passing them out. At work, at home, at school…wherever you are!

3. Use the power of Facebook. Amazing how easy this is! Either…

  • Share a current status from Thrive’s main Facebook page
  • Just write out an invite as a status on your page
  • Message a friend and ask them to go with you
  • If one of your friends posts a status about looking for something to do…comment and let them know about Thrive!

Ok, that’s it! Simple. Easy.

You can do it!

Let’s never get tired of inviting people to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Week two of ‘Pull your head out of your app’ @Thrive Church

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What if you gave Thrive Church a shot today?

Today could be the day!church for no church

For months you have noticed your friends and family talking and posting about their church on Facebook.

At first you just ignored it.

At first you thought…’good for them, but I don’t need church’.

Then you thought, I wish they would just stop it! A church can’t be all that!

Then, something started to change. 

You started to read some their posts, you started listening to some of their conversations and your heart started softening.

It really started to change and that’s ok. 

Fast forward to reading this today. You find yourself at an interesting place this morning.

You are really thinking about checking out this church you’ve heard a lot about.

You’ve made a list of the negatives.

But, the positives, for some reason, just keep outweighing the negatives.

So, you’re up. You know that Thrive Church starts at 9 or 10:15 at Celebration Cinema.

You’ve been told that you don’t have to dress up. Jeans will do. 

You’ve been told this is a church that is really ready to accept and welcome you.

You’ve been told this is a church that is fun and laughs a ton. 

You’ve been told this is a church that is all about Jesus and not about rules. 

You’ve been told this is a church that cares deeply about you and your relationship with Jesus. 

You’ve been told that if you just give this church a chance, you may actually like it. 

And then, you may actually find a church home. And then, you may actually find people who care for you. And then, you may actually find the hope you’re looking for and the peace.

So, what do you say?

Is today the day?

Here’s what I recommend. Message someone and bring them with you. Show up about 15 minutes early to Celebrate Cinemas. When you walk in, there will be coffee and donuts on your right. If you have kids, just head straight to the check in kiosks. Then, at about 855 or 1010, head to theater one for the morning experience.

Thanks for giving Thrive a shot today! 

 

 

Week One of ‘Pull your head out of your App’

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Sunday Night Thoughts

It’s Sunday night.14015_10154866857590235_7952495633490854902_n

My mind is racing and my heart is full.

Today was an absolutely fantastic day.

As a Pastor and a leader, I am so humbled and honored and can’t believe God would give me such an amazing Church to be a part of and lead.

I’ve spent a bit of time reflecting and thinking about today and her are some of my thoughts.

Thoughts

…My family amazes me. Every Sunday morning we all get up at 530am and get ready and then we head into church. Every body has a role and I’m so proud of my kids for helping turn a movie theater into a church environment.

…My wife amazes me. Seriously, every week she just does what needs to be done to serve and to love kids at our church. She doesn’t get paid, and she just tirelessly works. This morning she fought through a terrible headache and again, was just awesome.

…Thrive’s set up team are amazing! I mean, really! They get there at 7am and unload the trailers, set up and then tears it all down and loads them back up! Just simply awesome!

…Thrive’s Kidz volunteers are awesome! This is area that we are praying for more people to step up, but week after week, we have some of the best and most amazing adults who love kids!

…Thrive’s band and tech team just killed it today. They attempted some really cool and powerful and unique songs and videos and they were just awesome. They totally tied into to our big idea and it all went so well!

…Hearing stories of life change never gets old. My Facebook messages have been going crazy lately with people sharing what God is doing in their lives. Wow. Just simple awesome.

…We also had an amazing After Party after Church and I got to hear so many stories! I love that !

What a great day!

I’m so blown away and I’m so humbled by what God is doing at our Church.

 

 

I’m done praying small prayers…

I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes…

I pray tiny prayers.

Why is that?!?

I know better, right! I know what scripture says about prayer. I know the power that is available. I know the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit is so much more than I could possibly ever imagine, but some days I just don’t get it.

I have struggles.

I have worries.

I have anxiety.

I limit God.

I put Him in a box.

I try to control Him.

I take my eyes off of Him.

And yet…

He is faithful. He is strong. He is loving. He is caring. He has a plan for my life. He is trustworthy. He is amazing. He is awesome. He answers prayers. 

I really do love prayer. It hasn’t always been that way and it’s taken a long time to develop this passion for prayer. But, even with that passion, some days I forget to pray. Some days I forget to immediately run to my Father and ask for help, ask for wisdom and ask for a miracle.

I’m done praying weak prayers.

I’m done praying small prayers.

I’m done praying prayers that I wonder if God will answer.

You do not have because you do not ask God. ~James 4:2