The day you decided to give Church a chance…that could be today

What are you doing this morning? I know it’s early. And, you’re probably shocked this blog made it to your news feed. But, seriously, what if today is the day you decided to give Church a chance?

Maybe you’ve given up on Church. Promised you were done with Church. Or vowed you would never step foot into a church again.

OR

Maybe you’ve been thinking about it. Maybe a friend has been asking you. Maybe you’ve just had a hard time getting rid of the thought that you’re suppose to give Church a try.

Whatever the reason, today could be the day you give Church a chance.

You’re invited to Thrive Church

If you’re looking for a Church that’s Simple, Fun and Real, then check out Thrive.

We are very laid back and casual, we laugh a ton, there are no perfect people allowed and our mission is to help people find and follow Jesus.

We’re not about rules and traditions, simply, we’re about following Jesus.

So, we would love for you to join us this morning!

Head to Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015. You will get your kids checked into Thrive Kidz, grab some free coffee and donuts and then head to theater one for the experience.

See you soon!

A Sunday Evening Reflection and Recap of Dad Fest 2015

Wow, it’s late. Well, for my sleep cycle, it is late. And, considering I was up super early, I’m shocked I’m still up.

But, I’m watching the Cav’s and I’m hoping they pull out a win!

In the midst of that, my mind is still racing about this morning at Thrive!

It was just an absolutely spectacular day for our Church!

We are our 88 weeks old, but for some reason, God is using our young church to reach people for His kingdom! And, I’m honored!

Here are a few things I was so excited to hear today at Thrive…

  • ‘This is how Church people are suppose to act’
  • We’re almost out of Bibles! We’ve given out almost 5 cases of Bibles in the last 5 months, that’s just awesome!
  • ‘I never thought church could be like this’
  • ‘I’ve been running from Jesus for a long time and I’m done running’
  • ‘Is it like this every Sunday’? (said by a first time guest)
  • ‘Thank you for making a day that would get my husband here’

It was just awesome to see so many people serve, invite and bring friends and family and pray for God to move!

I really do love my church and I know the best is yet to come!

 

Months of planning, preparing and praying…and its here.

Well, Dad Fest is almost here. Actually, by this time tomorrow, Dad Fest will long done and over.

We’ve been planning, preparing and praying for Dad Fest since before Christmas. We picked the date and wrote the strategic plan and then a few months went by and then bam, it’s here!

I’m excited. I’m also a tad bit anxious.

To be completely honest, it’s been a rough week. I really believe whole heartedly that satan has been attacking in every way he possibly can. It’s been a tough week for me physically and I’ve noticed that there are a few relational strains creeping in as well. This is typical for the week before or after a big event.

Why Dad Fest? Someone asked me this week why we’re hosting Dad Fest. To be the answer is simple…it’s a tremendously awesome way to reach people who would normally say no to an invite to Church. So, even though it’s a lot of work and takes tons of people all working together, it’s so worth it.

But, its amazing how even the little things can discourage me the week before a big Sunday. When some plans fall through, or the weather may not cooperate or when I heard some key thrivers won’t be at Dad Fest, yeah, it’s easy to be discouraged.

But, it’s also extremely easy to be ENCOURAGED! I have heard dozens of stories from Thrivers this week who have been inviting friends and family. There is family coming from hours away. There are dad’s coming to church who haven’t been to church in 20 years.

It’s going to be an awesome day.

So, would you pray? Would you pray for our day at Thrive Church? Would you pray for the Gospel to be clearly preached? Would you pray for people to respond? Would you pray for the rain to hold?

Tomorrow is Dad Fest. I can’t wait! Please God, move powerfully!

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!

 

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! 

 

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!