A NEW day for Thrive…We hired a NEXT Gen Pastor!!

I am beyond EXCITED to announce that Thrive Church has hired a Next Gen Pastor! His name is Craig Torgerson and he’ll be starting this summer. He’s currently a youth pastor in TN and is working hard at transitioning, selling a house, getting packed and then moving up to MI. IMG_5127

It’s really a new day for Thrive and I couldn’t be proud!! 

The reality is, it’s time to hire a Next Gen Pastor. We’ve known this for many months, but God made it abundantly clear last fall.

Over the last year…

  • Thrive’s Sunday attendance has grown by 102%
  • Thrive Kidz has grown by 55%
  • One Youth has grown by 237%.

It’s time! And, we say all the time at Thrive that we never want to give our kids and students the scraps, so we’re ready to have a Next Gen Pastor on staff.

Craig will provide directional leadership to the Thrive Kidz team, he will lead One Youth and help families be God’s plan A for raising their kids. Craig grew up in Central MI and he and his wife Claire met at Central Michigan University. Together they have 3 kids under 3! Wow!

Craig and Claire went through the Church Planters Assessment Center and did great! A few weeks ago he finished up his interviews with our Church and we offered him the job and he accepted!

I’ve been praying for the day that we could add a Next Gen Pastor even before we started as a Church! It’s been a regular part of my Saturday morning prayer walks forever and I’m just humbled that God answered our prayers.

Like ever other full time staff member at Thrive, Craig will be raising part of his salary. Since we’re a church plant, our full time staff members have committed to helping raise half of their salary for their first two years. The reality is, a our church size should be able to handle three full time Pastors on our budget, but our giving is just not there quite yet. Our monthly giving has grown 69% over the last year, but our numerical growth has far outpaced that. Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 5.13.31 PM

If you would like to help us raise additional funds, you can give here. Our goal is to raise $24,000 by July 1st. When you head to the link, you can either give to Thrive’s General Fund or directly to the Craig Torgerson Support Fund. All gifts are tax deductible.

Thanks for considering and thanks for giving! Without your financial gifts, Thrive Church just wouldn’t exist!

Please be praying for our Church as we transition into having a new staff member! Please pray for Craig’s ministry and for the Torgerson family!


Mother’s Day at Thrive…I CANT WAIT!

Tomorrow is Mothers Day! momsrock

Tomorrow is also Sunday!

That means we get to honor and celebrate and cheer for Moms at Thrive!

It’s going to be just awesome and I can’t wait!

Every Sunday at Thrive is a BIG deal!

There are no Sunday’s that we plan a little lighter or go easy on the creativity because we’re expecting less people to show up.

Nope. We give it our best, each and every Sunday. Honestly, let me let you in on an inside secret. We want to plan and prepare and pray so well, that when people do miss, they’re bummed they will be missing Thrive. And, we purposely don’t share the whole plan for some Sunday’s so people surprised.

It’s really important to us to do things with excellence, things are Jesus focused, bathed in prayer and done really well.

BUT…there are 6-7 Sunday’s a year that we go a little above and beyond our normal planning. Why? Because those Sunday’s people who are completely done with Church are a little more likely to say yes to an invite. So, for…

Superbowl Sunday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Outdoor Baptism and BBQ, Anniversary Sunday and Christmas. 

We really pull out all the stops. We have an events team that plans special events to make those days are even more special and we do all of that to help people find and follow Jesus. That’s it. There is no other reason.

So, tomorrow at Thrive will be special! We’re honoring Moms and Future Moms. And that includes Aunts, Grandma’s, Step Moms and Mom like figures.

We have a few things happening tomorrow at Thrive that we’ve never done and I couldn’t be more excited! Again, all of it is to help people find and follow Jesus. And, in the process, we’re really going to BLESS Moms!

If you’re looking for a Church home, bring your mom and head to Celebration Cinema at 9 or 1015. I HIGHLY suggest getting there 15-20 minutes early!!

See you tomorrow!


One of the Absolute BEST…It’s Matt’s ONE year work anniversary w/Thrive Church

In 20 years of serving-working at Churches, I don’t think I’ve ever known or served with anyone like Matt Moore. Now, I’ve served at a lot great churches and with a lot of amazing leaders and servants! I have been at small churches and mega Churches.

But honestly, barely any of them hold a candle to Matt Moore. Simply put…

He is one of the Absolute BEST! IMG_4854

Today is his 1 year work anniversary at Thrive Church!

First of all, that’s just crazy! I can’t believe Thrive is now 82 weeks old and already we have a staff member celebrating their 1 year work anniversary. That’s just humbling and a huge blessing!

When I started Thrive Church, I knew from the beginning that we would need someone who could lead kick butt bands. Thrive loves worship and we love it LOUD. So, I knew whoever was going to lead our bands would need to be an incredible musician, but also, an incredible servant and leader.

Yeah, that’s a tall order! I know a ton of incredible musicians, but honestly, the servant leader aspect was missing from them.

I also knew Thrive would need someone who would embrace our vision to create a church that unchurched people would find irresistible. A church that is really simple, fun and real. Honestly, a Church that’s not all that churchy.

Well, God sent Matt Moore!

We got together one night at Starbucks, through the pushing of a mutual friend (thanks Colette) and there was an instant connection. No joke! We were suppose to meet an hour and that turned into almost 4 hours. We laughed, talked and dreamed about what this Church could look like and be.

And, since day one, Matt has been my partner at Thrive! He started out just leading the songs on Sunday and then he and his wife went through the Church Planters Assessment Center and then he interviewed to be our Creative/Worship Pastor and then we hired him!

He oversees the Sunday morning experience (all the creative elements and teams) and he leads with a humble, servants heart. Here’s the thing, I don’t even think he knows how freaking talented and amazing he is! He’s just not like that. Goodness, I wish I had a tenth of his heart. He truly is one of the best.

He would give you the shirt off his back. He has traveled the country playing music so he could love people and point them to Jesus. He drives an old beat up van so he can give more to God and to help others. He’s so emphatic and truly cares for people.

He loves Jesus passionately. Loves his family. And, Loves his Church.

Now, can you see why he is one of the…

Absolute BEST! 

Today is his 1 year work anniversary. I wish our church budget could handle writing him a bonus check. Someday we will! Our church would not be the same without him and we are so blessed to have him!

Come this Sunday to Thrive and see for yourself. Stop by the Hub and grab a coffee with him.

And oh, shoot him an email (matt.moore@thrivechurchmi.cc) and thank him for serving so well!

Exponential Conference…The Highlights…Day One…

For the second year in a row, I’m down at the Exponential Conference and its just awesome! My soul is being refreshed and I’m more excited than ever about what God is doing in my local church and the capital ‘C’ Church!

If you’re interested in church planting or wondering if God’s called you to plant a church, you have to get to Exponential. Its just that simple.

Ok, my time here is flying by, but I wanted to take a quick second and post about some of my highlights and learnings from day one.

The Highlights…

1. Tracie (my wife) being able to come. Over the last 20 years of ministry together, we really haven’t been able to attend all that many conferences together. I have traveled a ton for my speaking and the majority of the time, she’s had to stay home with the kids. But, she’s here and it’s AWESOME! So thankful for my parents and them taking care of our kids this week!

2. Part of our Thrive church staff team was able to come. I’m bummed we couldn’t bring everyone, but I am so excited we could bring part of our team and its awesome to experience it together. Its awesome to be inspired and encouraged and already we have had so many conversations about the dreams that God is putting on our hearts.

3. Leading a Stadia training on communication & preaching. Yesterday morning I had the blessing of leading a training on communication and preaching to a great group of new Stadia planters. It was a privilege and I loved being able to share what I’ve learned in my short time as a Pastor and a Church Planter.

4. Being reminded that the LOCAL CHURCH is ALIVE and WELL! I get so frustrated sometimes reading all the negative that’s written about the church. Being at Exponential is so good for my soul and every where I turn, there are constant reminders that because of Jesus, the Church is the hope of the world. And yes, I do know that many churches are in trouble and closing and that breaks my heart. But, so many are growing and planting new churches!

5. Gathering with our Stadia family. Last night was the annual Stadia banquet and it was so GOOD! To be in a room with hundreds of church planters and leaders is just awesome! I loved hearing all the stories of what God is doing across Stadia churches and it’s honor to be a part of the Stadia family! Plus, last night, we raised enough money to plant 12 Hispanic Churches across the country! So exciting!

6. ‘Let them see you bleed. Lead like Jesus’ ~Danielle Strickland. I just can’t stop thinking about Danielle’s talk yesterday. She was challenging, encouraging and it was so powerful!

7. Seeing so many friends! It’s a blast coming to conferences like this because I run into and I’m able to catch up with ministry friends from all over the country!

8. Hanging out with my boys from Journey Church! Last night was awesome! I actually stayed awake past 10 and hung out with the staff and our friends from Journey Church! I love those guys. Journey’s pastor, Jeremy Brown, has been my Stadia Coach for the last year and I wouldn’t have been able to lead my church without him! Brice, their worship leader has become a good friend and has been a constant source of encouragement. Chuck, their next gen pastor is an all around amazing guy and he helped me write our next gen pastor job description and I loved getting to know him as well.

It’s just awesome to have a partnership with their Church and to know we’re not alone! I love those guys and I know they have no idea how encouraging they are to me and my Church!

Day one was great! Day two has started and I can’t wait for what God has in store.

I miss my kids. I miss sleeping in my bed. I miss studying at my desk. I miss Mt Pleasant.

I can’t wait to be at Thrive Church this Sunday.