Thrive Church Turns ONE










It’s crazy hard to believe, but Thrive Church turns ONE this week!

Woo Hoo!! 

This past year has gone by in a flash! It literally seems like yesterday that I wrote this post about our launch and here we are a year later and getting ready to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!

We have so much to celebrate!

All week long I’ll be posting about that and sharing some of my favorite God stories from this past year.

Until then, if you haven’t heard, you’re invited to…

Thrive’s One Year Celebration!

Where: Celebration Cinema

Time: 9:45am

What: Celebrate with us during our 10am experience and then hanging out afterwards! 

So, bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your co-workers. Bring your neighbors and let’s celebrate!







3 Ways to Engage this week at Thrive

3_Ways_LogoIt’s Friday. Actually, it’s late Friday afternoon.

Do you know what that means?

Yup, you guessed it! Sunday is only 2 days away!

I absolutely can’t wait and I wanted to give you a few ways to engage this week with Thrive.

3 Ways to Engage

1. Catch up on our ‘Messy’ Series. If you have missed any Sunday’s in this series, then head here and catch up.

This entire series has been focused on how to take the messiness out of our relationships and we finish this series this Sunday with a look at how to take the messy out of church families! Can’t wait!

2. Spend some time with Jesus. Tomorrow is Saturday. Get up extra early…I know, but get up and go for a walk and just talk to Jesus.

3. Connect with a fellow Thrive. Go to the Thrive Facebook group and click on names. Read a few names and then pray for them. Then, message them and let you know you have been praying for them!!

See you on Sunday!

Oh, please be there by 945am if you can!! Thanks!

I just love Sundays at Thrive!!

I don’t know about you, but I love Sunday mornings! I know that’s a shocker.

I’ve waited all week.

I’ve been praying for Sunday morning all week.

I know for many of us, it’s the only day for us to sleep in. 
I know for many of us, it’s the only free day some of us have.

But I know, Hebrews 10:25 says that powerful things happen we gather together as a church.

So, get ready!
Come prepared! Spend some quiet time alone with God before you come.
Do your part.
Clap, shout, sing loud.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Sit by someone new.
Please sit in the middle of a row.
Be open to God’s whisper.
Take a step closer to God.
Walk away from the sin that’s been holding you back.

I can’t wait to see you! I can’t wait to gather together!

Oh, today’s message topic is just about one of my favorite topic EVER!! I can’t wait to share!

See you at Thrive!

Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday

I have a story to share! 3_Musts_Logo

And, it’s a good one!

A few weeks ago, a new family visited Thrive Church! They said their first time at Thrive was overwhelming…in a good way! From the minute they walked in, someone greeted them and asked if they could show them around. They loved the experience and as they were leaving, they were approached by someone who asked if they were coming to the Women’s night, that night. They ended up coming and met a few people. They were overwhelmed and loved it!

Isn’t that awesome! 

Well, guess what? Sunday is coming and it’s only 2 days away!

We have the privilege of gathering together, worshipping, giving, learning, connecting and building our church!

So, here are 3 musts for Sunday…

1. Please get to Thrive early! We start at 10am, so shoot for 930am. Especially if you have kids! Then, make your way into theater one by 9:55am. It really helps! Plus, you don’t want to miss the songs Matt has picked for this Sunday!

2. We need you in Thrive Kidz. No, seriously, you are needed. Especially if you’re a parent. Please email and let us know you’re ready to step up and help us make the greatest kids environment we can!!

3. All things parenting. This Sunday I’m preaching on one of my absolute favorite topics…parenting. If you’re a parent, will be a parent, or are a parent to someone, don’t miss!!

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday at Celebration Cinema at 930am!

God provided a what??? He does answer Prayers!

So, let me cut right to it…

God answers prayers!

You cannot convince me otherwise!

It’s just not going to happen!

God answers prayers!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7)

This past year has been answered prayer after prayer, let me take you on a quick journey:

1. God, we need people to launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

2. God, we need support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

3. God, we need financial support to help launch Thrive Church. 

Answered Prayer.

4. God, we long to see people far from you trust in Jesus. 

Answered Prayer.

5. God, we beg you to heal marriages. 

Answered Prayer.

6. God, please move in our Church and draw people close to you. 

Answered prayer.

7. God, please send a worship leader. 

Answered prayer.

8. God, please give us a location to gather as a church. 

Answered prayer.

9. God, may we see people baptized!

Answered prayer.

10. God, may Thrive be a different kind of church. 

Answered prayer.

11. God, please open up the doors for Thrive to someday have a ministry center. 



Hearing these made my WEEK!!!!

Every week I talk to a lot of people.

I talk to my family, people at church, at Panera Bread…wherever I’m at…I talk.

I love it! But, I probably do more listening than talking. I know, hard to believe!

Every week people tell me a lot of things about my church, Thrive. Every week I sit back and I’m just honored.

Here is what I heard this week…

“I want to get a new job so I never have to miss Sunday’s at Thrive”

“I actually look forward to coming to Church…that’s a first!”

“I am so bummed I missed Church this past Sunday”

“I invited a friend and they are coming!! My friend is coming!! I’ve been inviting them for 2 months!”

“My friend came back and loved it”

“I stopped asking my husband to come to church and this past Sunday he asked if he could come”

“Worship on Sunday was AWESOME!!!!”

“I use to feel so alone, now I know Jesus and have a church family”

Yeah, it’s been a GREAT week! 


Hey Thrive Church…3 Musts for Sunday


Tomorrow is Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t wait! 

And, I’m not alone. Last Sunday I had the honor of officiating a wedding for an amazing couple and just a few days ago, this is what the new bride posted on Facebook…

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Ok, that’s just exciting!! This is a definitely a can’t miss Sunday at Thrive and honestly a can’t miss couple of months. That being said, here are…

3 Musts for Sunday

1. Pray like you’ve never Prayed before. 

Yes, I’m asking every Thriver to spend time with Jesus everyday. Not only will it draw you closer to the heart of God, it will bring our community at Thrive closer.

So, as you pray, pray for…God’s blessing on our church, God to open up hearts of people far from him, God to protect our church and God to bring hope and healing to our relationships.

2. Invite–Call–Email–Facebook–Do whatever it takes to bring someone to Thrive tomorrow. 

Not only do we start a great new series, but we have a GREAT band in this Sunday called…Alive City!

Spend a minute praying and ask God to bring someone to your heart. Once He does, shoot them a message or a text or a call or go knock on their doors.

Who knows. tomorrow could be the day they take their next step closer to Jesus.

3. Write down these dates!!

There are a bunch of SUPER important and fantastically awesome dates you have to get on your calendar. Here they are:

September 20…Start Class. 9-11am. RSVP by emailing

September 21…Baby Dedication at Thrive

September 28…After Party. RSVP by emailing

October 5th…Thrive’s 1 Year Anniversary!!!! A can’t miss Sunday! We will have also have a HUGE party afterwards with inflatables for the kids and some great food!

October 12th…The Launch of 2 Sunday morning Experiences!!! Please be thinking now about which experience you will make your home!!

Sunday is Tomorrow! 

I can’t wait. I hope to see you at Celebration Cinema by 9:45am!!!!