Why Thrive is hosting an indoor Tailgate Party tomorrow

Thrive Church is 69 weeks old! Our mission is simple and clear, we exist to help people find and follow Jesus. One of our hopes is that people leave an experience at Thrive and know exactly what their next steps are to become a follower of Jesus. And, one of the things we decided early on is that we will do anything short of sin to reach people far from Jesus.

Anything short of sin to reach people. 

We desperately want to reach people who have given up on church, are done with Church and have walked away from God. Honestly, we’re a church for people who don’t like church. And, we’re trying to be a different kind of church. Actually, if I had to do an informal survey, there are primary types of people at Thrive. People who are brand new to church. People who have been burned by a church in the past. People who have been burned by life.

We want to be a place where those types of people can find rest, peace, hope and be pointed to Jesus. And, in a way that doesn’t come across pushy, in your face, looking down on them or give the exclusivity vibe.

Why a Tailgate Party? 

5-6 times a year, we host-plan-prepare and pull out all the stops in order to reach new people. Why only 5-6 times? Because of the natural momentum those days can bring. Days like…

Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day (Dad Fest), Superbowl Sunday and our Church Anniversary.

On each of these days, we have an events team that prays-plans-prepares-dreams and hosts some great things at Thrive! Honestly, it’s a lot of work. On top of the already huge team it takes to pull off our Sunday morning experience. So, this is both hard, but extremely worth it!

Why do we do this? Because I believe to my core that if you can create a nonjudgmental, crazy welcoming environment that is filled with fun and normal everyday experiences, that environment can create an openness in people that they normally would never step into.

And, since they took the step, you can share the Gospel with them. Since this Sunday is Superbowl Sunday. It was the perfect opportunity to attempt an indoor tailgate party. So, we are giving it a shot. I don’t know if it will work. But, we’re going to try.

The Plan

  • We’re asking everyone to wear their favorite teams Jersey.
  • We have an Ultimate Fan contest.
  • We’re turning the lobby into an indoor tailgate party. There will be BBQ, free drinks, movie theater popcorn, football games for the kids. TV’s playing football stuff. And a few other surprises.

It all happens quick, so if people are late to Church, they will miss it all. But, we’ll see if it works.

We do all of this to create an environment where people will feel welcomed, accepted and loved. And then, we present the Gospel in the clearest way possible.


5 Reasons to invite friends to Thrive this Sunday

This Sunday is February 1st, 2015!

This Sunday is Superbowl Sunday!

This Sunday is also another opportunity for Thrive Church to gather together!

What happens when you combine all three together?

Thrive’s 1st annual Indoor Tailgate Party! Tailgate_Alone

5-6 times a year, we pull out all the stops and work hard to create an environment that will make it even easier to invite friends and family who have given up on Church, given up on God or are searching for a new church. This Sunday is one of those Sunday’s.

5 reasons to invite everyone you know

1. God has given you relationships with people who desperately need to know Jesus. Inviting them to Thrive is a GREAT way for them to hear about and be able to respond to Jesus.

2. God has given you a Church home and a Church family. More people need a Church home and a Church family.

3. Thrive Church is a church where it’s ok to not be ok. Remind who you’re inviting of that. There are ‘no perfect people allowed’ at Thrive. Tell your friends that they can come as they are!

**Just make sure you tell them to wear their favorite jersey’s!!

4. Thrive’s mission, why we exist, is to help people find and follow Jesus. Inviting and bringing a friend this Sunday could be what they need to find Jesus or follow Him.

5. It’s Superbowl Sunday! Your Church is hosting an awesome party. Reason enough!

Before you invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers…ask God to give you the courage and the strength to invite them. Then, reach out. Invite.

…Call them.

…Text them.

…Message them.

…Post something on Facebook about this Sunday.

See you on Sunday!!

You want me to come to Church? Really?

Yes, actually, I want you to come to my church! Believe it or not, I believe you will really love it! thrive))church-no-perfect-allowed

So, whether it’s been a long time since you’ve been a part of a Church or you’ve been feeling lately that you’re suppose to find a new church…

You’re invited to Thrive >> Church

Now, you read this invite 1 of 2 ways…

1. There is no possible way I would ever come to Church!?!


2. Huh, I’ve actually been looking for a Church. 

Regardless of how you read it and initially responded to the invite, know that you are wanted and invited to Thrive Church.

Yes, you are wanted even if you’ve burned by a church in the past.

Yes, you are wanted even if you said you would never be a part of a Church again.

Yes, you are wanted even if you far less than perfect and you think you would never be accepted.

Yes, you are wanted even if you are far God and don’t even know if you believe in Him.

So, what do you think? Today is the day that you could find a Church home. Today is the day that you can find peace with God. Today is the day that you could find a community of people who will accept you the way you are. Today is the day that you could experience hope.

Check out Thrive! We meet at Celebration Cinema at 9 or 1015am. I suggest getting there at least 15 minutes. Grab some coffee and donuts. Get your kids checked into Thrive Kidz and then head to theater one!

See you in a little bit!

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Today is the DAY…Check out Thrive Church

For months you’ve thought about checking out Thrive ChurchIMG_2484

You’ve heard about it…Yes, it’s the church that:

  • Meets in a movie theater
  • Is super crazy welcoming
  • Has free Bigby’s coffee and donuts
  • Where the band rocks
  • Has a great, safe and fun environment for kids and students
  • Laughs a lot
  • Is very serious about Jesus
  • Believes its OK to not be OK, but not OK to stay that way
  • Where no perfect people are allowed

Yes, all those things are true!

So, what do you think? Make today the first time you check out Thrive Church.

Here’s what you need…

  1. Invite someone to come with you
  2. Arrive about 15 minutes early, (we have two experiences and they start at 9 and 1015) especially if you’re bringing your kids
  3. Don’t worry, a lot of people are going to say hi to you
  4. If you drink coffee, grab some at the cafe
  5. If you have kids, check them into Thrive Kidz
  6. Head to Theater One and find a seat
  7. Be ready

Ok, that’s it! See you soon at Celebration Cinemas!


3 Ways to Engage with Thrive this week

It’s Friday and that means that Sunday is coming!

I couldn’t more be excited!! 

I’ve been waiting for January for a long time and I can’t wait for what’s ahead for Thrive this next year!! I was going to say these next few months, but gosh, I am really excited about Thrive in 2015!

But, these next few months, wow, are just going to be awesome! We kick it off with a series called ‘Keeping Up’ and that goes right into a series called ‘Sex Rocks’! Going to be an epic couple of months!

Then, on February 1st, also known as Superbowl Sunday, we are going to have an indoor tailgate party before and after church! We’re asking everyone to wear their favorite jerseys and we will have a great prize for the Ultimate Fan context! Can NOT WAIT!

So, if you’re a part of Thrive, there’s never been a better time to be ALL IN! There’s never been a better time to invite friends and family. And there’s never been a better to be ENGAGED with what God is doing in our Church.


1. Memorize the scripture of the week, Hebrews 12:1-2.

Every Sunday, we will have a scripture of the week and the a great way to engage with what God is doing is to learn the scripture!

Write it on a postcard or a post it note. Read it on your phone. Do it as a family!

Just let those words fill your mind and your heart!

2. Commit to being at Thrive!

We’re all busy, I get that. But, there’s a reason that scripture encourages us to not skip being together with our church family!

We start a brand new series on Sunday called ‘Keeping Up’. It’s so important to not miss any Sunday of this series because of a few surprises and experiential moments we have planned. Make a commitment and stick to it.

3. Bring the Energy on Sunday!!

There are enough quiet churches out there, we’re not! Its more than OK to clap, cheer, yell and be excited at Thrive! When the bands leading us…SING…CLAP…RAISE YOUR HANDS!!

When the Host welcomes us, let them know you’re at Thrive!!

Go out of your way to say hi to people. Sit by new people. Learn names.

Get to Thrive early and hang out in the lobby! Meet new people!

Come one! It’s going to be awesome!

See you on Sunday at either 9 or 1015!!!