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.
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.
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!