Faith…Football…Fun = Today at Thrive Church

What are you doing this morning? tailgate

Maybe you’ve thought about checking out Thrive Church for awhile now. You have a few friends who go to Thrive and you’ve read a few posts on Facebook about Thrive.

Every Sunday you come up with an excuse and that’s ok.

But, what about taking the leap of faith and checking out Thrive?

Why today?

Thrive is hosting our annual Tailgate Party and it’s the perfect Sunday to check out the Church. Free food, the CMU pep band and cheer leaders are at Thrive. It’s Jersey Sunday, so wear your favorite teams swag! And, we’re starting a new series about relationships.

Who doesn’t have relationship questions?

So, check out Thrive today. 

  1. Head to Celebration Cinema by either 830am or 945am. The experiences start at 9 and 1015 and the adults head to theater one and the kids are in a bunch of different theaters.
  2. Wear your favorite teams swag.
  3. Come hungry.
  4. Come and be a part!

We’re ready for you! See you soon!

My 2 word goal for 2016

Follow Jesus


Yup, that’s it.

I want to passionately and whole-heartedly follow Jesus. 

Jesus said, “Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish” (Luke 14:27-30).

I don’t want to be a fan. I want to be a follower.

A fan sits in the stands. A fan criticizes without being involved. A fan is great at hype.

I want to be a follower. 

A follower abandons their own ways for the ways of their master.

A follower puts aside their pride.

A follower helps others find the Savior.

A follower serves the needs of others.

A follower surrenders their finances to God.

A follower does life in circles not rows.

A follower changes to be more like who they follow.

So, for 2016, my goal is to follow Jesus. 

NO OTHER NAME…Easter at Thrive


A letter to my Church about Easter at Thrive

Dear Thrive Church,

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait till tomorrow. I have been waiting, anxiously waiting for Easter Sunday for months and I am so excited it’s almost here. Don’t get me wrong, I love every Sunday, you know that, but there is just something about Easter Sunday!

We have literally been preparing, planning and praying for Easter Sunday for months. Way before Christmas we started to dream and to started to talk about it. And, as the theme and scripture came together and God continued to put on our hearts what we needed to share, the excitement began to grow and grow. Then, our events team started to dream and put together a great plan as well.

And, now we’re here! This time tomorrow, Easter at Thrive will be in our rear view mirror. Before we get to Easter morning,  I wanted to share a few things with you that have been on my heart.

I love our Church. I really do. I have loved our church since it was a dream in my journal. I have loved our church since it was only a discussion around a dining room table. I loved our church when a dozen of us gathered in my living room on Christmas eve a few years ago. I loved our church when we met in the Shepherd Bar. I loved our church when started meeting at Celebration Cinema and now that we have two experiences, and staff and more and more people. I love our church. I love what God is doing. I love what we’re about. I love it.

I love that we will do anything short of sin to reach people for Jesus. We will! Already in our short 78 weeks, we have attempted some crazy stuff. Most recently our shoe project! How crazy was that!?! Let’s keep dreaming! Let’s keep attempting crazy stuff. Let’s let nothing EVER stop us from reaching people for Jesus!

I love that we care about kids and students! We have to care more! We have to continue to raise the bar for our kids and students. We have to be a church that never gives its scraps to our kids and students. So, let’s pray for them. Let’s create great environments for them. Let’s do whatever it takes to pour into them.

I love that we’re all about Jesus. That’s it! We exist to help people find and follow Jesus! Not only to find Him, but then to learn how to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus. To be Jesus. To live Jesus. To love the world like Jesus loves. We have to be all about Jesus.

Tomorrow is Easter.

We have a HUGE day planned. Our band and creative team and events team and kids team have been working over time to make tomorrow morning the best Sunday it could ever be.


Let’s pray. Let’s seek God. Let’s ask God to move. Let’s beg God to break hearts. Let’s pour into kids and students. Let’s worship. Let’s love. Let’s live for Jesus. Let’s change. Let’s be more like Jesus. Let’s care more for others than we do for ourselves. Let’s give. Let’s give financially. Let’s serve.

I love our Church and can’t wait to see what God is going to do through you!

See you tomorrow!


>> Easter Sunday is the PERFECT Sunday to be at Thrive Church >>

Can you even believe it? This Sunday is Easter Sunday!?! 2 days!

I don’t know what has kept you from Church.

I don’t know what has kept you from God.

I don’t know if you’re a part of a Church or not, but what I do know is that this Sunday is the…


Sunday to be at Thrive Church!

It’s perfect because…

1. You’re invited to Thrive Church! We would love to have you, your family and your friends at Thrive this Sunday. Simply put, we’re saving a seat for you! So, if you’ve ever wanted an invitation, here it is! Please come to Thrive this Sunday. We meet at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015!

2. You’re wanted at Thrive Church! No really, we want you to be a part of our Church. And here me when I say this, don’t let the standard excuses stop you from being a part. What are those excuses? How about…’you don’t know what kind of person I am’ or ‘God couldn’t love someone like me’ or ‘if you knew my past, you wouldn’t want me at your church’.

Yup, I’ve heard them all. And…you are still wanted at Thrive Church!

3. Your kids will love Thrive Church! No, really, they will really love it. We have a whole wing dedicated to your kids. It’s fun, it’s safe and they will learn about Jesus.

Plus, this Sunday, right after each experience, there is a giant Easter Egg grab with 1000’s of Eggs, a bike give a way and donuts from Cops and Donuts!

4. You will enjoy the experience. I hear it time and time again that church is boring and that nothing makes sense. Well, at Thrive, trust me, you will be engaged and the experience is designed with you in mind. So, our band will play a few songs, some you will know and some you won’t. Many people will sing with the songs and they will sing loud! We’ll watch a video or two that will tie into the message and then I’ll teach a message straight from the Bible. Get ready, we laugh a ton, but we also take the message of Jesus very seriously!

So, this Sunday will be PERFECT!! Will you come? Will you bring your family? I sure hope so!

See you at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015. Oh, I would be about 20 minutes early!! The seats fill up pretty quick!!



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