I’ve been speaking to students for 20 years and I love it!

I was driving home today from a speaking engagement and the thought hit me... I have been speaking to students for over 20 years!  That's just crazy!  I don't even have the words to describe how honored I am that I have been able to teach and encourage and challenge students all these years. I…

Yesterday was Thrive’s most Important Day Ever!

I am still buzzing from yesterday! Yesterday morning at Thrive was pretty awesome, but... Yesterday afternoon was just amazing!  Honestly, it may have been one of Thrive's MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS EVER.  Why? Because a group of Thrivers gathered on the campus of CMU to Pray, Dream and Ask God to use our Church to help people find…

An update on our Adoption Process. Meet Kai!!

Well, to be quite honest, the month of February was a tough month for the Raitz family. It feels like we have been coming out of a daze. As you may or may not know, we started our adoption process a few months ago and we fell in love with a little girl from China…

3 Years Ago Today…What a ride it’s been!

It was 3 years ago tonight that Thrive (we weren't even called Thrive yet...we just called ourselves...Brand New Church) met for our second ever worship preview night at the Shepherd Bar.  I was coming home from speaking at a winter retreat and drove right to the Bar. We borrowed pieces of a sound system and…

Monday Sidebars on Life, Family and Ministry on Tuesday

Here are a few sidebars on life, family and ministry... On Life I have heat again in my car! One of my amazing friends helped get it going. I'm blessed. I re-tweaked my back over the weekend and was in pretty good pain. Sunday morning at Church, we were in our production team meeting and…

Enough Already!?! I don’t want to HELP others!

'I don't want to help other people' 'Why should we care about people in third world countries?' 'I have enough of my own problems to be concerned with someone else's problems' 'I can't help all that much, so why should I?' 'I barely have enough for me, why should someone else get help if I…

Flood Flint with Love

Thrive Church is collecting water to #floodflintwithlove! Why? Because people need water and what has happened in Flint is awful! So, this is the time for the Church to rise up and help! We also have a fun challenge going on with City Campus Church in Columbus, OH. You can read more that here. If…

A text from a Local Pastor that literally meant the WORLD!

How many text messages do you get every week? I know for me, some days I can't keep up. Ok, that's everyday! Combine that with emails and Facebook messages...yeah, most weeks its a losing battle. On Saturday I received this text from a a local Pastor who I respect and admire a ton. It's from someone who…

My SIDEBARS thoughts on Life, Family and Thrive Church

  I'm writing this while watching the NBA all star game on Sunday night. We don't have cable and some good friends let Zach, Bobby and I come over to their house to watch it. I love how into basketball my boys are! At their age, I couldn't get enough either! Where did the week…

Do you want to FALL IN LOVE? Today at Thrive

Does that describe you? Do you want to fall in love? Are you praying, hoping and longing to find the love of your life? OR... Has your marriage stalled out? You're no longer in love and honestly, you're just roommates. OR... You want to strengthen your marriage or relationship. You're in love and you show…