At Thrive, every Sunday is just a bit different from the last Sunday and that’s very purposeful.
This past Sunday was Thrive’s Tailgate Party and it was just AWESOME!
And you know what? It was ridiculously different from the Sunday prior to that!
When we started Thrive Church over 121 weeks ago, we said we would always EMBRACE CHANGE.
We love Change at Thrive!
Why? Because we don’t ever want to get stuck doing the same thing over and over, even though its not effective any longer. I know for some Churches, they embrace some traditions and that’s great for them. We have decided to take a different route with our vision and mission. We value tradition as well.
But, we don’t want the traditions of the past to dictate our future if they’re not effective any longer.
So, we embrace change. Two Sunday’s ago, we had a very different feel for the experience than our Tailgate party. We had experiential prayer stations, longer worship with communion, 3 speakers, an artist who was painting and a video that helped us concentrate on Jesus.
Then came the TailGate Party!
Two days ago at Thrive…well, it was just the total opposite! We had the Central Michigan University Pep Band playing the lobby! People wore jersey’s to represent their favorite teams on Super Bowl Sunday. We grilled hot dogs, and had popcorn and pop. Matt and the band kicked off with ‘eye of the tiger’ and we had a lot of fun. We even had a T-Shirt cannon!
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not just about the FUN!
Fun in Church gets too much of a bad rap sometimes!
We believe the fun helps build trust with people who have given up on God or Church. And that fun helps break down barriers and then people will start to trust you. And my goodness, when they will laugh with you, they will trust you and they will be so much more open to learning!
So, in the same Sunday, we still worshipped, we prayed, I taught from God’s word and we challenged people to turn away from the sin that’s holding them back.
It was just different. And, it was awesome!
So, we embrace change. We love change. We want to keep changing so we can reach the people that nobody else is reaching!