Irrational Generosity is LIFE CHANGING!

I love irrational generosity.  That phrase doesn't make sense to a lot of people. It's amazing what happens in someone's life when they put God first with their generosity. In my life, I've experienced miracles. I've experienced blessings that I can't even come to grips with as I've taken steps to live irrationally generous. The…

A Historic Day.

What if we viewed every Sunday as a HISTORIC day? Yeah, you read that correctly, every Sunday. Wouldn't that be something!?! I think some Christians do in other parts of the world. Maybe the parts where gathering together as followers of Jesus is frowned upon. Or, maybe in parts of the world where people are…

How to Respect your Pastor by Tracie Raitz

I was asked to write an article about how to Respect your Pastor from the Pastor’s Wife perspective. I have been mulling this topic over in my mind and trying to decide what to write and how to write it so it doesn’t come across as complaining or finger pointing. I hope what I write…

Such a GREAT morning at GrumLaw Church! Loved being their guest speaker!

I had an absolutely fantastic morning at GrumLaw Church! I was so blown away by my experience! I'm so proud of GrumLaw and it's Pastor, Shea Prisk! Plus, a couple of amazing Thrivers made these incredible signs for GrumLaw and it was awesome to take them and give them to Shea.  GrumLaw launched on Jan…

Bill Hybels Keys to Longevity in Ministry

Last week, I had the privilege of sitting in a Q & A with Bill Hybels, the Pastor and Founder of Willow Creek ChurchWillow Creek Church in the Chicago Land. Outside of planting Thrive Church, being on staff at Willow is one of my greatest treasures of 22 years of ministry. A Pastor asked Bill…

Love is Law. Week one of Do GOOD message notes.

Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic + Jason’s Social Media (F, I, T, Youtube) Good morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today! If this is your first time at Thrive, thank you for being here! We would love to meet you and for you to get a free gift and more info…

‘How to Pick Your Battles’. Message Notes from Thrive Church MI on Feb. 18, 2018.

Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic + Jason Social Media Info Doesn’t that video hit home for some? How hilarious! Good Morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today? My name is Jason Raitz and I’m one of the Pastors here at Thrive! If this is your first time at Thrive, thank you…

My 2nd VLOG ‘The BEST Trip EVER’ is up!

I had the BEST trip ever with Madison! We traveled to Newark, NJ and ended up in Mount Bethel, PA and I spoke for a bunch of Churches from Long Island, NY. Plus...I throw in a few tips on how to make trips memorable for your kids! Thanks for subscribing! Head HERE and push subscribe!…

Tomorrow is GOING to be AMAZING at Thrive!

I can't wait for tomorrow morning at Thrive! That's nothing new. I really love Sunday's at Thrive. But, tomorrow is special!  We have the privilege of giving a check to the Mount Pleasant Middle School for computers for the 6th graders! Plus, we're dedicating children! AND...It's Vision Sunday, so I get to tell some amazing…

A Powerful Moment at today’s Thrive Staff Meeting

I love our Thrive Church staff meetings! I love our team. I'm pretty protective of our staff  culture and so when it comes to these meetings, I don't want them to be a waste of time. That's one of my biggest pet peeves, meetings that don't have a plan. We laugh. We tell stories. We…