Week One of ‘Things I Wish Jesus Never Said’ in review

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In case you missed week one of ‘Things I Wish Jesus Never Said’, here is everything you need to catch up on this series.


A super humbling facebook post

Sunday afternoons are pretty fun! 

Not because of football! But, if I had cable that would be another reason they’re fun!

Because typically, Facebook just lights up about peoples experiences that morning at Thrive Church!

It’s so humbling to grab my computer and read away.

It’s humbling because I love, LOVE what God is doing in peoples lives. It’s just amazing! To hear stories of life transformation. To hear stories of life change. To hear stories of peoples excitement about what Jesus is doing in their hearts is just…

Amazing. Humbling. Fantastic. Honoring. Awesome. 

And, to be a part of this church, even though its a tiny little sliver…again, is so humbling.

I’m so blessed to be Thrive’s Pastor and it is not something I take lightly. I love that I have been called to be Thrive’s Pastor, I love my work, I love my job and I love the people that are a part of Thrive Church. I love Central MI and I love the vision we have for reaching the unchurched.

On Sunday, there was a Facebook post that really made me sit down. It wasn’t bad. It was so stinking nice and so humbling to read. Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 5.43.47 PM

It was posted by a Thriver I very much respect and her words just hit me.

They hit me hard!

In the post she said I was brave.

Gosh, those words just hit me.

You know why?

Because Church Planting is Hard! Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not. This has been the hardest endeavor of my life.

It has been difficult, it’s been an uphill battle and there have been times that have been so hard, I wanted to scream! Then, hit something and then move to a beach!

No, really! Planting a church is not easy. I’ve learned that and I’m only a year in! I don’t care if you have a ton of start up money or no money, it’s hard.

It doesn’t matter if you start with a large group of people or a small group.

It’s just hard. There are challenges, there are obstacles, there are lack or resources, there are negative words by Jesus following people, there is the weight of being a part of peoples lives and it’s an uphill journey.

Now, it’s a GREAT journey! To see something start from nothing is AMAZING! To pray and pray and pray and then to see God answer your prayers is AMAZING! And it’s all worth it!

Because people matter to God. Because people desperately need a Savior. Because people desperately need a community that loves and cares for them.

The local church is the hope of the world and we need more dynamic–life-giving–not bent on traditions churches!

So, I know this post was a little self-servicing. I hope it didn’t come across that way.

I was just really honored and I wanted to share.

3 Ways to Engage with Thrive Church

Honestly, these next couple of months for Thrive Church might be our most important.3_Ways_Logo

Yeah, that’s not an understatement! Why are they important? Because we’re on a mission to…

Help people Find and Follow Jesus. 

We are locked in and we know how important kingdom work is and we are passionate about helping people become fully devoted followers of Jesus.

So, on the eve of a HUGE day in the history of Thrive Church, I wanted to give you some ways to engage with Thrive Church

3 Ways to Engage

1. Share Thrive’s Facebook post and image about this Sunday on your Facebook page. For those of you who already have, Thanks!

2. Read Mt 19:26 and then read it again. 

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Here’s the thing…do we really believe this? Do we believe this for our lives? Our family? Our church family?

“All things are possible”

I know we can take God at His word and so lets believe that He can accomplish the impossible!! For instance, let’s believe for people to trust in Jesus on Sunday at Thrive! Let’s believe for relationships to be healed! Let’s believe for such an outpouring that our 1 year old church plant would rock Central MI with how much we live Jesus!!!

3. Check out the new Thrive Website. 

In the midst of all the awesomeness of this week, we also had another very cool thing LAUNCH today…our new WEBSITE!!!!

NO JOKE!! Head to and check it out! We will be adding information for a little awhile, but it’s up and running!

Two things about the site:

1. If you click on the HUB on the right side, that will take you to our church database. If you haven’t made a login yet, do it. It’s simple. Need help, let us know.

2. All the messages are on the right of the main page. It will be much easier to get to them!

Can’t wait to see you on Sunday!!! God is going to do amazing things and our only answer will be…’ONLY GOD”!

You’re loved and I’m praying for you!!


What to expect when you check out Thrive Church

Every single week, I talk with people who ask me what Thrive Church is like. They ask me what they will experience and they ask what should they expect.

I’ve found that there is a cycle for people thinking about checking out Thrive Church.thrive))church-no-perfect-allowed

The cycle kind of goes like this:

1. God starts moving in their heart

2. A friend or family member posts            something about Jesus or Thrive Church on Facebook and they see it

3. At some point during the week, someone says something about church and it triggers what they just heard and had been feeling

4. Someone passes along a video message from Thrive and asks them to watch or listen to it

5. Its not what they expected

6. They’re now open to an invite or an ask to come to Thrive

7. God continues to move and they sense that have something missing in their life

8. They finally check out Thrive

9. It’s so not what they expected and they so weren’t ready for some of the emotions that are hitting them

10. God smiles

Ok, maybe thats a little longer than the average cycle, but you get the idea. God always seems to have a plan that’s working behind the scenes to get people moving towards Him.

So, if you’ve been thinking about checking out Thrive Church, here’s what to Expect.

Expect This…

1. Our goal is that you will be crazy welcomed, accepted and loved! That means people are going to say hi and ask if you need any help finding your way around.

2. There is going to be music everywhere! There is music in the parking lot, lobby, and everywhere!

3. It may or may not smell like popcorn! That’s because we meet in a move theater!

4. You will hear about Jesus. Actually, our goal is that you will leave wanting to find and follow Him. 

5. The music will rock! During the Sunday morning experience, we have a great band! You will recognize some of the songs and some you won’t. That’s ok.

6. People will cheer, clap and sing…LOUD! You can join in or hold back, whatever is best for you!

7. You will see a lot of videos. We do meet in a movie theater, so we take advantage of the big screen!

8. Your kids will love it! Our kids rooms are super fun and Thrive Kidz just rocks!!

9. Somebody will pray for you if you would like them too. We are a praying church and believe in the power of prayer. Just let someone know whose wearing a landyard?

10. You will be challenged to fully surrender your heart to Jesus. Just want you to know up front, that’s what we’re all about!

Ok, I hope you will join us on Sunday! Be there at 9:30am at Celebration Cinema!

Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday

I have a story to share! 3_Musts_Logo

And, it’s a good one!

A few weeks ago, a new family visited Thrive Church! They said their first time at Thrive was overwhelming…in a good way! From the minute they walked in, someone greeted them and asked if they could show them around. They loved the experience and as they were leaving, they were approached by someone who asked if they were coming to the Women’s night, that night. They ended up coming and met a few people. They were overwhelmed and loved it!

Isn’t that awesome! 

Well, guess what? Sunday is coming and it’s only 2 days away!

We have the privilege of gathering together, worshipping, giving, learning, connecting and building our church!

So, here are 3 musts for Sunday…

1. Please get to Thrive early! We start at 10am, so shoot for 930am. Especially if you have kids! Then, make your way into theater one by 9:55am. It really helps! Plus, you don’t want to miss the songs Matt has picked for this Sunday!

2. We need you in Thrive Kidz. No, seriously, you are needed. Especially if you’re a parent. Please email and let us know you’re ready to step up and help us make the greatest kids environment we can!!

3. All things parenting. This Sunday I’m preaching on one of my absolute favorite topics…parenting. If you’re a parent, will be a parent, or are a parent to someone, don’t miss!!

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday at Celebration Cinema at 930am!

God provided a what??? He does answer Prayers!

So, let me cut right to it…

God answers prayers!

You cannot convince me otherwise!

It’s just not going to happen!

God answers prayers!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7)

This past year has been answered prayer after prayer, let me take you on a quick journey:

1. God, we need people to launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

2. God, we need support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

3. God, we need financial support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

4. God, we long to see people far from you trust in Jesus. 

Answered Prayer.

5. God, we beg you to heal marriages. 

Answered Prayer.

6. God, please move in our Church and draw people close to you. 

Answered prayer.

7. God, please send a worship leader. 

Answered prayer.

8. God, please give us a location to gather as a church. 

Answered prayer.

9. God, may we see people baptized!

Answered prayer.

10. God, may Thrive be a different kind of church. 

Answered prayer.

11. God, please open up the doors for Thrive to someday have a ministry center. 



Hearing these made my WEEK!!!!

Every week I talk to a lot of people.

I talk to my family, people at church, at Panera Bread…wherever I’m at…I talk.

I love it! But, I probably do more listening than talking. I know, hard to believe!

Every week people tell me a lot of things about my church, Thrive. Every week I sit back and I’m just honored.

Here is what I heard this week…

“I want to get a new job so I never have to miss Sunday’s at Thrive”

“I actually look forward to coming to Church…that’s a first!”

“I am so bummed I missed Church this past Sunday”

“I invited a friend and they are coming!! My friend is coming!! I’ve been inviting them for 2 months!”

“My friend came back and loved it”

“I stopped asking my husband to come to church and this past Sunday he asked if he could come”

“Worship on Sunday was AWESOME!!!!”

“I use to feel so alone, now I know Jesus and have a church family”

Yeah, it’s been a GREAT week!