The time my 12 year old was ticked about baseball

I love baseball. I love that my boys love baseball. IMG_4900

I have played catch with them since before they were walking.

Every trip we have ever gone on, we always bring our gloves and play catch. We’re always throwing something. Always hitting something.

Honestly, as they’ve gotten older, it’s so fun! We throw harder…they dive…it’s fun.

I love it! 

But, today my 12 year was ticked about baseball! Let me back up. Yesterday, Bob, had a great first baseball game of the spring. Hit a great double to centerfield, pounded another ball that was caught and was hit by a pitch, and he eventually scored! He’s a good ball player. He loves playing baseball. It’s not his life, but I’m glad he plays.

Today he found out that some of his baseball games are on Wednesday nights and he was ticked.

No, I mean, straight up TICKED!

Why? Because that means he will miss ONE YOUTH. One Youth is Thrive’s student ministry and HE LOVES IT!! I love that he loves it. But, my goodness, he was mad.

I explained that we’ll get him to One Youth as soon as the games are over, but that wasn’t good enough for Bob.

Ok, this is tough for me. I love baseball! I love watching my boys play. So, it’s hard to see him mad about it.

But, I love ‘the Church’ and I love our church more. I love our student ministry. And, I’m proud–glad–excited–happy that he’s ticked about missing One Youth.

Yes, today I am one proud dad!

Tomorrow is a Significant Day for Thrive Church and I can’t wait!

Ok, every Sunday is a Significant day at Thrive ChurchIMG_4652

AND…every Sunday is a Significant for every local Church!

They’re all important!

It’s the day that we get the privilege and blessing to gather together as a body.

Because at least for Thrive, Sunday is just a tiny moment of the week and our goal for Sunday is point people to Jesus and then release them to go be Jesus. To go be the CHURCH!

So, tomorrow is a HUGE DAY for that! 

There has never been a time when people need Jesus more than right now! There is so much pain, so much hurt, so much hopelessness and so many needs.

And, Jesus is the answer.

So, tomorrow is a HUGE DAY for that! 

And, for our young, 81 week old church, we are in a growing season and honestly, every Sunday is vitally important for us to gather together.

To be…encouraged, challenged, taught, to serve, to give, to meet new people, to be prayed for, to laugh, to cry, to think, to be pointed toward Jesus and to worship Him.

So, tomorrow is a HUGE DAY for that! 

Also, we’re experiencing communion together tomorrow and that’s just a major moment for every Christ follower. It’s a time that we really get to REMEMBER and CELEBRATE what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

Plus, we’re going (I believe) to have a powerful moment to go along with it.

So, tomorrow is a HUGE DAY for that! 

Lastly, I get to update our Church on our progress to hire a Next Gen Pastor! I can’t wait! It’s a HUGE honor to bring on another staff member and we believe God has brought an amazing candidate to our attention. AMAZING candidate!

Don’t miss out on hearing the details and how EVERYONE can be a part of this! Not just people with kids. EVERYONE in our church.

Because, if we want our Church to continue to grow and flourish, we have to POUR into, INVEST, RESOURCE and want kids and students to love Jesus and our church.

I love what Perry Noble said about this…

‘Student ministry is only important if you want life in your Church’. 

So, tomorrow is a HUGE DAY for that!

Please be praying! Please invite someone. Please show up early. Please reach out to someone you don’t know. Please serve. Please give financially. Please look to Jesus.

Tomorrow is a significant day and I can’t wait to gather together with my Church! 

I just want more of Jesus

I’ve been pretty stressed lately. Lot’s going on for our family. Lot’s going on at Church.

Life is full. Too full. 

Just like any family, we have a lot going on. We have kids in baseball and track and we have kids with special diets and lots of homework. We have a teenager, a pre teen and two who think their teenagers. For the first time in years, my wife is working again. She was a full time stay at home mom, but now she works for our church 25 hours a week (unpaid) and our family has adjusted to that.

Just like any Pastor, my week is insanely full. I take my work home. I’m constantly thinking about my messages, the people who haven’t been to Thrive in awhile, our church finances, are we an accepting church, future hires, spouses who don’t know Jesus, the upgrades we need, fundraising, who we can help, who we can’t help, our staff, our staff families, upcoming outreach events and the list goes on and on.

And, when I get too busy…I take my eyes off Jesus. It’s that simple. I’m not proud of that.

My morning quiet time is replaced with hustle or sleeping in or something else. 

My prayer walks go away or are less frequent. 

My reading of the books I love (typically about spiritual formation) is replaced with Yahoo news. 

My patience goes out the window.

My eating habits go from bad to even worse. 

I hug my wife and kids less. 

Again, I’m not proud of any of this. But, it’s amazing how easy it is to slip into this mode.

But, I can’t let my life stay in this mode! And, the only solution I know of is…

Jesus. 

I just want–Need–long for more of Jesus. 

So, I’m going to keep my eyes focused on Jesus. I’m going to make sure to pay attention to my life when it starts to get too full and I’m going to do everything I possibly can to protect my soul.

I just want more of Jesus in my life.

HUGE Thrive Church Updates…Including an update on our future Next Gen Pastor

It’s 70 degrees and yes I’m wearing shorts! And yes, we are the kind of church where the Pastor wears shorts and I love that! Actually, once I wore khaki’s on a Sunday morning and was lovingly chided for weeks about that!! So great! 

If you call Thrive Church home, if you support us from a distance or you’re interested in being a part, here is everything you to need to know right now.

EVERY UPDATE…THE STUFF YOU GOTTA KNOW!!

 Update One…The Next Gen Pastor Update! We are hiring a Next Gen Pastor! We are ridiculously EXCITED! We have been praying for months, actually a year and we have a Candidate! An unbelievable man who has a great wife and an amazing family!

They will be officially interviewing the first week of May and we’re inviting all Thrive Kidz and One youth parents to meet them on Wednesday night, May 6th at 7pm at the Hub! Meet them, hear their story and ask them questions. They will be interviewing with our financial team, our Thrive Kidz and One youth leadership teams, our students will meet them and they will be interviewed by our Management team down state!

If you’re interested in helping us raise the extra support needed for this giant venture, thank you!! You can head here to give online!

Update Two…Week Two of ‘What on Earth am I here for’ is this Sunday! Did you miss week one? thrive oneGo and watch it. Be ready for week two. We’re diving into the idea that we were created to belong to God’s family!! This Sunday is going to ROCK!! I popped in on the band rehearsing last night and it was awesome! Get ready!

Update Three…START Class is this Sunday and Next! If you’re a current volunteer with any team you need to go through this class. If you want to get to know more about Thrive Church, attend this class. If you’ve ever wondered what we believe, attend this class. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s time for you to officially call Thrive Church home, attend this class!

It’s in theater 3 at 1015!! See you there!

Update Four…Are you in a Growth Group? If not, here are some to pick from. Email info@thrivechurchmi.cc to get signed up!

Tuesday night women’s group. Lead by Connie Haley. They meet at the Hub at 630pm.
Wednesday night mixed group. Lead by Bryan and Delani Huntoon. They meet at the Hub at 7pm during One Youth.
Thursday night young professionals group. Lead by William and Chelsea Schneider. They meet at the Hub at 7pm.

These are Exciting times at Thrive Church! Please, PLEASE be praying for our Church. Pray for God’s protection, His blessing and his hand!

I know that the best is yet to come!!

See you Sunday at either 9 or 1015! 

 

Thrive Kidz Training + New Series + Baptism = Great weekend ahead for Thrive Church

I am sitting in a hotel room in Overland Park, KS and I just can’t wait to get home!

It’s been a great week at the Church Planters Assessment Center, but I am more than ready to be home with my family and be a part of a great weekend at Thrive!

My hope and plan is that every person who calls Thrive Church home will take advantage of what’s happening this weekend and be a part of it all.

We’ve had a couple of great weeks at Thrive and I really believe this weekend will only continue what God has been doing in our Church!

So, what’s happening?11054287_774008589361124_8040431063105503015_n

1. Thrive Kidz Training. On Saturday morning at the Hub from 9-1130. We will have breakfast for you at 830am. Kids matter at Thrive and we believe Saved people Serve people and that’s why it’s so important to be trained at how to care, teach and love kids the best you possibly can.

If you’ve never served in Thrive Kidz, the time is now. If you’re a parent who drops off kids in Thrive Kidz, the time is now to step up and serve!

2. ‘What on earth am I here for’?. We start a brand new series for five weeks and we’re going to tackle questions like: What is my calling? Do I have a purpose? What am I suppose to do with my life? And, as a church, we are all going to read Rick Warren’s amazing book…‘What on earth am I here for’? Pick it up on Amazon of the Thrive store on Sunday.

Plus, this next week we start a short spring season of growth groups and together we will dive into this book!

3. BAPTISM and Family Swim! One of the most exciting moments for our Church is happening this Sunday from 1230-2pm at the Rose Pool at CMU.

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So, please come. Bring your families. We will cheer and celebrate the families getting baptized and then families are invited for a FREE Family Swim! It’s awesome!

Here is more information on baptism and if would like to talk to someone or ask questions, just email info@thrivechurchmi.cc.

It’s going to be a GREAT weekend for Thrive Church! So, don’t miss out! BE a part and then let’s go and BE the Church during the week and help people find and follow Jesus.