Final Thrive Preview…Super Fun, Powerful, Meaningful, Healing

Yesterday was our 2nd preview service for Thrive. I have to say... I Love My Church! I'm unashamedly in love with my church. In almost 20 years of serving at local churches in MI and IL, I can whole-heartedly say that I love this church! I love Thrive Church. I love that its my families…

Not even sure how to process the Thrive Journey

Starting a church from nothing is pretty exhilarating at times and it can be extremely tough. Honestly, it's overwhelming at times...both overwhelming in good ways and bad ways. The Good Already in our short history, God has created so many... 'can you even believe it' moments! I've been trying my best too not miss those moments and…

Thrive’s Non-Negotiables…a Look into our Culture

Obviously, as you can probably tell from my blog... I think about Thrive a lot. I pray for Thrive a lot. I dream for Thrive a lot. I talk about Thrive a lot! One of the areas that I think/dream/pray a lot about is our culture. This post is actually adapted from a post I…

8 ‘Roles of a Church Planter’

I have been trying to do my best to journal and chronicle my journey as a church planter. Some days I do a good job, but mostly, I don't. I feel at times there are so many lists and so many things that keep piling up. Now, I'm blessed. Because I am planting Thrive through…

Can’t wait for Sunday!

I honestly can't wait till Sunday! 3 days to go.  Sunday is our next Preview service and I'm beyond excited. We're finishing our 'No Perfect People Allowed' series and I'm teaching from Luke 15! I can't wait!!! But, let me be honest, I am also... Ambivalent A tad bit overwhelmed A little nervous A bit…

A conversation with my Bobby

Today I picked up Bobby from school for being sick. It was a bummer. But, our conversation was not. I am continually amazed how insightful and wonderful this boy is! 3 Parts to our conversation... Part One. Bobby says..."Dad, a Police Officer came and talked to us about bulling at school". No offense to him,…

Thrive Exists to help people find Jesus and they did on Sunday!!!

People ask me all the time... 'What's Thrive about'? 'Why Thrive'? 'Why does Thrive exist'? 'Why another church'? Well, here's why... Thrive's mission is to... Help people Find and Follow Jesus. That's our laser focus. We are unashamedly passionate about helping people find Jesus and then giving them the tools to follow him. Every Sunday…

My personal highlights from week #1 at Thrive

So, I thought I would add to my previous post just a little. Once I got home last night after a fabulous Birthday lunch and hang out at my parents, my heart was just beyond FULL and I thought of so many more highlights!  Personal Highlights... 1. See you next week. Yesterday was the first…

Thrive’s 1st Preview…Words Can’t Express how I Feel

It's true, words can't express how I feel about today at Thrive!  What an incredible day! I sat in the front row while the band played and I couldn't contain my smile! Actually, I honestly couldn't stop pinching myself. We keep taking steps to position ourselves to make the biggest impact we can possibly can…

It’s my Birthday and here are 10 things I want…

Today is my 38th Birthday! Wow, almost to 40! I keep telling people it's my 14th anniversary of being 24! Hah! But, with 4 kids, my wife and I really don't do gifts. But, in place of that, I've been thinking about what I really want for my birthday. Here's what I want for my…