I loved last Sunday at Thrive

It’s funny, but every week I sit down to write this blog post and I end up saying just about the same thing…IMG_4900

I loved last Sunday at Thrive.

I’m not flubbing the truth, I’m not just saying it for hype, I’m not making something out of nothing…I just really enjoyed last Sunday at Thrive.

Now, I know I’m the pastor and I’m suppose to say that and I know there will be Sunday’s that I don’t enjoy…ok, I hope not!

But, right now…WOW…I loved it.

Here’s why I loved it:

1. People stepped up! It was one of those Sunday’s where people came out of the wood work to help and it was awesome! One of Thrive’s struggles right now is that we don’t have enough volunteers. I’m working on that big time. But, Sunday, people served and it was amazing.

2. Thrive Kidz is EXPLODING. Ok, not literally, but I do hope we explode some fun stuff when it gets warm! What’s just awesome is that every week, families are bringing more and more kids to church. That’s both GREAT and a cause for a great opportunity. It’s great because more kids are hearing and learning about Jesus, but honestly, we’re running out of space.

It’s a great opportunity to have!

3. Seeing entire families come to church. And, when I way entire families, I mean entire families. Not just mom and dad and the kids, but grandparents, aunts and uncles and family friends. It’s just so awesome and to hear some of the stories of the relatives inviting other relatives. How they’ve been praying for years for their family members to come to church and now they are. Wow, just humbling.

4. ‘Do Good’ series kicked off with a bang. We started a brand new series called Do Good-SS-Promo-1‘Do Good…simple ways to help others’. Week one was all about how if we take the step to be compassionate to others, God does something amazing in our lives. He forms our character and shapes us into more and more of his image when we serve, when we give, when we spread compassion on the people around us.

5. ‘Thank you’. After church on Sunday, we hosted an event called ‘After Party’. We do them every other month. We take over a local bowling alley, have lunch and then I share a little deeper look into Thrive and get a chance to meet people who have been coming recently to Thrive.

It was just awesome. I heard so many stories and at one point, a dad came up to me and thanked me. I said for what and he told me he’s been wanting to take his kids bowling for awhile but couldn’t afford it. He told me the after party meant the world.

I love my church!



Today could be the day

You’ve been thinking about it for awhile now.

Someone told you about Thrive and you thought that sounded nice, but it wasn’t for you.

Then you started seeing more things pop up about it on Facebook.

You keep telling yourself that you’re too busy anyways.

But, for some reason, the thought about checking out Thrive is on the tip of your mind.

So, you head to Facebook and read a little about it.

You think about it.

You justify your reason for not going…you’re too busy, the kids have sports, you promised yourself that you were done with Church.

Well, you’re in luck. Today is the day to lay down the excuses.

Today is a new day. A different day.

I hope today is the day you finally check out Thrive. 

I hope that you listen to that small voice telling you to check it out.

Today could be the day.

Let it be the day.

New Series at Thrive + 4 Weeks = Do Good

We are starting a brand new series today at Thrive Church called…

‘Do good…Simple ways to help others’

It’s going to be awesome 4 weeks and I know God is going to show us and teach us a ton about how He created us to do good in the world around us in big and small ways.

Please join us at 930am at Celebration Cinema for Bigby’s Coffee, let your little kids bounce in the bouncy house and grab a donut or two 🙂

The experience starts at 10am and when you go into theater one, can you please do me a favor? Can you sit as far in the middle of rows as possible? It just helps people trying to find a seat! Thanks!

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Matt Moore is coming on staff with Thrive Church!

I’ve been waiting for this day for awhile now and, it’s finally here!IMG_3053

I’m super excited to announce that Matt Moore is joining the Thrive Community Church staff as our Creative Director!

I couldn’t be more EXCITED! 

He will be joining our team soon and is starting a fundraising campaign. Because we’re a church plant, our staff members need to raise part of their salaries for the first couple of years. So, he asking friends and family and ministry leaders to prayerfully consider being a…

Prayer partner and a Financial partners.

If you would like to help Matt, please head here to make a financial donation.

Just select the Matt Moore Thrive Support Fund or if you want to send a check, make it payable to Thrive Church, write Matt Moore in the memo line and send it to: Thrive Church, PO Box 1408, Mt Pleasant, MI 48804.

Thank you in advance for making a donation to help Matt! IMG_3837

Ok, a little back story…

I first met Matt a few years ago and then back in September, Matt and I sat down at Starbucks (after a mutual friend kept pushing me to call Matt). We both thought it would be a 30 minute meeting. Well, we ended up spending 3 hours together at that Starbucks. We dreamed, we laughed and we both left with the impression that God was working to bring us together. I left that meeting feeling really grateful that our mutual friend didn’t give up encouraging me to call Matt!

In October, Thrive Church officially launched and Matt and his band lead the music and it rocked! From the git-go, everybody at Thrive just loved Matt & his wife, Helena.

From there, we continued our talks and we just dreamed together. We dreamed about the vision of Thrive Church. Our vision is to be a church that the unchurched find irresistible. Our mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. We’re simple, fun and real.

Then, in December, I presented Matt & Helena with an interesting idea. I asked them if they would consider going IMG_4456through a church planters assessment. Tracie and I both went through this assessment 8 months prior. The organization that helped get Thrive off the ground is called Stadia. Stadia brings together a network of existing churches that launch a brand new church. One of Stadia’s guidelines is that potential staff in a leadership role would go through the church planters assessment.

Honestly, its a really tough. It’s pretty daunting. You’re poked and prodded and assessed like crazy. After filling out pages and pages of questionaries, taking multiple tests, you spend a week with your spouse at the assessment center. At the end of the week, you are told if you are recommended or they think you need some more time. Well, Matt & Helena did great and were recommended.

Then, Matt interviewed with Thrives management team and a group of our core leaders and again, everyone had just a great peace about Matt coming on staff.

So, a few weeks ago in an area McDonalds, I offered Matt the job and accepted!

What you need to know about Matt Moore…

Outside of his crazy musical talents, probably the best part of Matt and don’t tell him this, is that he doesn’t realize how crazy gifted he is.

He is so humble! He just serves. He just gives. He just pours out. He just invests. He tells people about Jesus. His music points people to Jesus. And then, he gives some more after that!

I couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and what it means for the future of Thrive Church. Because Sundays at Thrive are very significant, his role as Creative Director is of utmost importance!

He will be auditioning, rehearsing and building up bands to play at Thrive and Thrive’s student ministry, One Youth. He will raise up teams of artists who will help add color and experiential moments to our Sunday experience. He will be building into people and shepherding them.

Thank you so much for considering helping Matt raise support to be a part of the Thrive team!

If you want to hear more about this news, head to the video below!

Parents of teens…Yes, YOU Should be checking their phones

I love being a dad.

I love being a parent.

I really believe its one of the greatest gifts God has given me.

My family is my life. Some days I think I’m doing pretty good as a dad. Other days, I think I’m not not doing all that good.

Regardless of how I feel I’m doing, I have a tremendous privilege to parent my kids and I love doing that with my wife.

But, it’s really hard. And, I find, it gets harder the older my kids get. I know you’re probably saying…’no duh sherlock’, but it’s hard.

Why is it hard?

Life is crazy. Intentionality is tough. You have to be consistent. Kids grow up. They question. Friends influence them. They crave freedom. They’re becoming more independent. Life is busy. Life is rushed.

There are so many reasons its hard. But, I’m finding in the midst of all that, I can’t take my foot off the parenting pedal.

One of the areas that has been pushed to the top of the parenting importance list is…

My kids cell phones. 

Yes, two of my 4 kids have cell phones. My 14 year old daughter and my 11 year old son. They obviously love having iPhones. Although, they have older models and remind me of it all the time…but, I really don’t care. hah!

But, I love technology. I mostly got them phones for our convenience and so we could get ahold of them whenever we needed too.

Obviously, that’s not out of the ordinary now a days with 83% of middle school students having a phone.

So far, it’s a good investment. I like having that safety net when they’re staying at friends houses, when they have practice after school or when I’m late at picking them up from school.

It’s worked out well so far.

But, as I lead parenting workshops and talk with parents, there is a common questions that comes up…

Should I be checking my kids phone?

And my short, quick and loud answer is always…

YES! Yes and more Yes! 

I’ve had parents tell me that their kids wouldn’t like that. NO DUH!

It doesn’t matter. You have to check their phones. And, more than that, you have to lay down the phone expectations. And, do it continually. Remind them that you pay the bill, they are under 18, your job is to protect them and you will be checking their phones whenever you want.

If you’re new to this idea, here’s a couple of starting points to think about:

1. Realize that you’ve given your kids a computer. They will only use 10% of the time to actually talk! And, I don’t know if you call what they do on the phone talking! Unless, you’ve given them a flip phone from years past.

But, today’s phones are computers. So, you must set up some internet protection. You can do that right on an iPhone.

Recently, one of my sons friends looked at something inappropriate on youtube on their phone. As soon as my son came home, he told me about it. Why did he tell me about it? Because I’m talking to them all the time about what’s appropriate and inappropriate. Make sure you are protecting them by setting up some internet filters.

2. Talk through the privilege of having a phone. And, don’t just do it once. Do it all the time! Recent surveys are showing teenagers would rather give up their sense of smell or their pinky finger than give up their phones! It’s important to them.

It also should be important to you. Every single week, remind them that you pay the bill and it’s not free. That means they need to help around the house or whatever you come up with. Remind them that you will be checking it.

3. Teach your son or daughter phone etiquette. Teach them how to be respectful on the phone. Teach them that even though they can’t see the person they’re texting, that doesn’t give them the right to be nasty, mean or a bully. Give them the skills to use their phone properly.

It’s really a big deal. Mom and Dads, I can’t implore you enough, be checking your kids phones.

Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts to know for Sunday (Actually 4!)

I don’t know about you, but most of the time, I like to have a heads up of what’s coming next.

Now, I don’t need to know everything, but, if you’re like me, you like to have a plan.

That’s really the reason I share these blog posts. I really want to give Thrivers a heads up before they get to Thrive!

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1. ‘Do Good’. This Sunday we start a new series called ‘Do Good’. We will be taking a deep look into the words of Jesus and exploring why He’s called us and created us to help make a difference in the world around.

I hope you can make all 4 Sundays of this series!

2. After Party. If you’ve been coming to Thrive for a month or two and you’ve been looking to get more involved or find out more about Thrive or meet some of the Thrive leadership. Then, RSVP and come to the After Party! Its from 1230-230pm at the SAC, on CMU’s campus. We meet at Ulanes and eat lunch, bowl and talk about Thrive!

RSVP to info@thrivechurchmi.cc

3. Easter Eggs. On Easter Sunday at Thrive, we’re having a GIANT Easter Egg Hunt in the parking lot of Celebration Cinema. It’s going to be awesome! In order to do that, we need a few thousand eggs! So, if you can donate either empty plastic eggs or filled eggs with candy or just candy, GREAT. Bring them any Sunday to Thrive!

4. Vision & Worship Night…making Jesus famous! On Saturday night, April 12th, Thrive is hosting its first everWorship-Vision-Night-eNews worship night from 630-800pm.

My hope is that every single person who calls Thrive their home church will be at this night!!

We are going to celebrate together what God has done in the last 6 months and pray over the next 6 months!

I can’t wait for Sunday!