**Note: I am typically not up this late at night and so there are probably many typos in this blog post.
Well, tomorrow is a big day.
It’s Thrive’s TWO year anniversary. Gosh, these past two years went by quick! Like, lightening quick! It really seems like yesterday that I was sitting in a coffee shop and writing this blog post. And, here we are almost 3 years later and Thrive is turning TWO.
I’ve learned a ton over the past 2.5 years. Here’s the most overwhelming truth that I’ve learned…
God is faithful!
It’s been a wild ride. Way, way up and way, way down. Some months have been amazing and some months have produced such amazingly awful pain. But, all in all, I wouldn’t trade any of it.
Thrive Church turns TWO tomorrow and I’m proud of my church. I love my church and I know God has some great plans ahead for Thrive Church.
It started as a few couples sitting around a dining room table and it has grown into a movement of over 500 men, woman, students and children. We have no affirmations of being a big church, we just beg God daily to have a big impact in Central MI for His Kingdom. We ask God for big life change to happen in peoples lives.
We’re not stuck on tradition. We’re not stuck in following a list of rules. We do things a little different. We run after the mess. We work really hard to create an environment and culture where everyone is loved. We’re passionate about people and we desperately want to see people fall head over heals in love with Jesus.
That’s why we do all of this. For Life Change. For people to walk away from what’s holding them back from being formed in the image of God.
People have come and people have gone. Some were just along for a short season and some have been at Thrive since the beginning. Some people come in and get all excited and then fizz out. Some people come in who are hurting and hopefully Thrive is a place for them to heal up. Some people serve so sacrificially, it’s just amazing.
Thrive wouldn’t exist without the help of other Churches. Without them, we would have never gotten off the ground. I am eternally grateful to…
Kensington Church, Venture Church, Heritage Church, Lapeer Community Church, and Thrive Church TX.
When we started we didn’t have a sending church. A Church that sent a group of people to get us going. But, we did have a few of us who have worked for churches and have been around church leadership and that was invaluable to have. We never sent any mass mailers. We just started. We turned to Facebook. We turned to word of mouth.
And, in our short 104 weeks, 112 people have been baptized!
We started with nothing. I didn’t even own a computer. God provided. We didn’t have a copier, God provided. We didn’t have a trailer, God provided. We didn’t a staff, God provided. We didn’t have a prayer, God provided. We didn’t have a worship leader, God provided. We didn’t own any equipment, God provided. We didn’t even have a space to gather on Sundays and God provided. And, we didn’t have an office area or a place for our students to meet and again, God provided.
It’s been amazing to see people who had totally given up on Church and God, find a church home and a relationship with God. It’s been amazing to see marriages healed. It’s been amazing to see our church family live out Acts 2. It’s been amazing to watch kids fall in love with Jesus. It’s been awesome to see our students grow and begin to lead. It’s been awesome to see how God has used our little church to impact our community.
Of course, there have been painful moments. Week in and week out, it’s so hard sometimes to hear all the pain and hurt that people are dealing with. Job loss, debt, sickness, cancer, death, loss of relationships, gossip and pain. There have been times when I had to make decisions that a few people disagreed with and they left Thrive over it. There have been moments when you invest so much energy and time into someone and they simply let you down. There has been a lot of heart break.
But, I love my church. I love the staff that God has lead to Thrive. I love the Church leaders He has brought. I love the family He has brought. I love the kids and students.
I know He has some amazing plans for us. Tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow we’re actually attempting to take a huge step to expand our REACH.
We have dreams. Dreams to bless even more. Dreams to give away more. Dreams to reach more. Dreams to operate a 24/7 facility that will be open to the community whenever! Dreams to continue being a church for people that aren’t perfect. Dreams to continue pointing people to Jesus.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for your prayer! Thank you for your financial support.
I can’t wait to see what God has for us in the next TWO years!