Can’t wait to share a HUGE Announcement and start our #Fail series @Thrive today!

I am BEYOND excited!

I am BEYOND thrilled!

I am BEYOND humbled!

Yes, I have been waiting for May 17th to come forever! Ok, not forever, but awhile!

It’s been hard to be patient. It’s been hard to wait. But, the 17th is here and I’m ready!

Ready for What?

ONE…I have a HUGE announcement to make.

And, what I’m going to announce has been take a year of praying. A year of seeking God and egging Him. A year of prayer walks. A year of conversations. A year of dreaming. A year of being on our knees.

But, the time is here and I’m ready to announce it! I can’t wait! And, I am beyond excited!

I am so humbled that I get to announce this news when Thrive Church is only 83 weeks old!

TWO…We start the #Fail series! fail

I have been waiting for this series since last June when we started writing it! Failure and success is something that EVERY single person deals with and we’re going to dive into God’s Word to see what He has to say about how to respond when life disappoints us!

So, whether a relationship has failed, you got fired from a job, you received terrible news, something you’ve been working on bombed or when life has just beat you down. This series is for you!

Don’t miss a week of it! It’s 3 weeks and like always, head to Celebration Cinema at 9 or 1015!

See you this morning at Thrive Church! 

 

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.

 

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!

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.

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.