We’ve been talking about a major problem we have at Thrive Church for months and months. We talk about it at our staff level, at our elder level, with our financial team and on Sunday’s at Thrive. The problem has just been growing and growing. If you were at Thrive this past Sunday, you know what the problem is.
Honestly, it’s a problem that keeps me up at night.
Now, we are not the perfect church. FAR FROM IT! But I love the kind of Church we are! We’re Simple, Fun and Real. We’re a church for people who have given up on God or Church. We’re only 2.5 years old and we’re still learning a ton. But, for the last 6-8 months, this problem has just been getting bigger.
Lives are changing because of the ministry of Thrive Church! People are turning to Jesus. They’re turning away from sin! They are Following Jesus! They are finding community.
I was talking on Sunday with one of our Core team members (we sat around his table when we 8 of us dreamed up Thrive Church), and he’s someone that’s invested and served so much. I can say with all of my heart that Thrive would not exist without him.
I asked him while we were standing in the theater we use for our experience, ‘do you remember when we had 40 people in this room’? He did and he’s just blown away at what God is doing at our Church. It’s just amazing and humbling.
So, this problem has to be addressed! And, here’s the kicker, it’s an awesome problem!
It’s the kind of problem you want to have!
We have totally and completely outgrown our meeting space on Sunday’s.
There are open seats at our 900am experience, we just can’t get many people to switch over! Hah. But, we have a great meeting space right now. We meet in an amazing movie theater with amazing seats and an amazing screen! It’s kind of sad in one way. I’ll miss it. But, I’ve been telling Thrive for months, this isn’t our home.
Now, we haven’t had all of a sudden crazy explosive growth. But its been very gradual over the past 2.5 years and now we’re at a tipping point. If we don’t do something soon, we could stop growing and that’s unacceptable. We could lose people because it’s too crowded and that’s unacceptable and honestly, we already have.
So, our first step to our problem…Find a bigger space to meet in on Sunday’s. We’ve thought about adding another Thrive site, but we’re not ready for that. And, we’ve approached our local school district about renting the high school and they’ve turned us down a few times. Kind of a head scratcher, but it is what it is.
So, our next step is…
We’re hosting Easter at Thrive on the Campus of CMU
We couldn’t be more excited!! Last Easter at Thrive, people were busting out of the doors. This Easter, we will have plenty of room. The new space is GIGANTIC! But, it’s awesome!
We figured out a few months ago that we couldn’t host Easter at our normal location because we just wouldn’t have the room for everyone. That’s a CRAZY BIG PROBLEM!
I believe God put this new space on our hearts! It’s just a truly tremendous location and it has a million opportunities for Thrive to keep growing and keep reaching people who have given up on God or church.
Our team is hard at work figuring out how to use the spaces to their maximum potential. And, honestly, both spaces we are going to use are so much bigger, we just don’t have all the needed equipment yet, but we’re praying!
This will be our auditorium for our Alive Experience…
We will close the balcony and kindly ask people to sit close to the front. The other really nice benefit of this space is that we don’t have to rush. In our current location, because it’s a live movie theater, we have to rush to get out of there. We won’t have to worry about that.
And then, we are using this amazing space for Thrive Kidz…
IT’S GIGANTIC! We won’t use all the space and we’ll have to get creative with pipe and drape, but our kids environment will be 100 times better, safer and we can be much more creative.
Now, this is just the first step to our problem. We are praying about this being our permanent home and we’re praying Easter goes really well and then we’ll make that decision.
So, would you pray for us? Would you pray for God to move to powerfully that people who have given up on God or Church would turn to Him? That they would hand over their hearts to Jesus?
And…JOIN US!!! You can choose between 930am and 1100am.
Lastly, if you’re ALL IN at Thrive! Like, Thrive is your Church! I want to invite you to a special time that we are going to gather and pray and talk about what Easter at CMU and possibly the future will look like.
Join us on March 6th at 1215pm.
I really do believe the BEST IS YET TO COME!