Are you looking for a Church Home? A few things I would look for…(part 2)

What would you look for in a church home? That's a question I get from time to time. So, Last year, I wrote this BLOG POST. This is an important question. Your Church home can become your family and your place that brings enormous healing and life change because of Jesus.  So, for me, this…

5 Concerns I have for the Local Church

I grew up in the Church. My dad was my youth pastor for a few years. I interned at a local church when I was 18. I was hired by a local church to be a youth pastor when I was 20. I have served & worked for local churches since 1995. I have invested…

Who’s Next? God’s. Not. Done. Week One [a Thrive message]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZI2rPsXm1E Good Morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today??? My name is Jason and I’m one of the Pastors here at Thrive and I am so glad you’re with us today! If you’re joining us on facebook live, we’re excited! But, sweet goodness, it is incredible here! How fun and amazing were the videos?…

5 more reasons why this Sunday is so special to me…

This Sunday, Thrive Church turns 5 years old! I am just a bit giddy. That's the under statement of the year. I have been praying for this day since we started!  Honestly, a handful of people told me we wouldn't get here. I think they were well meaning Christian people. But, it hurt to hear.…

Why this Sunday means so much to me…Thrive’s 5 Year Anniversary!

This Sunday is Thrive's 5 year anniversary! ONLY GOD! No, really, ONLY GOD!  It's hard to even explain how much this day means to me! I mean, it's another Sunday in our 361 Sunday's of our Church, right? Wrong!  Thrive's story and our families journey in that story has been nothing but easy. It's actually…

Why did I travel to Pittsburgh for the start of a new Church??

Today I did something that I've never really done before.  Let me back up. Yesterday, I left my house at 11am and drove to Detroit Metro Airport. Yes, as someone who travels a little bit, it's a bummer to live 2.5 hours from a major airport. But, we make it work. I flew to Pittsburgh.…

Maybe I’ve been going about Church the wrong way? pt. 1

Church is pretty important to me.  I believe whole heartedly in the Church. My family loves our church. I believe its the most important organization on the planet! I believe that Jesus loved the Church so much that He died for it. I believe that Jesus is building His Church and that it is God's plan…

Church Planting is Worth it!

This week I had the privilege of encouraging and sharing my church planting story at Stadia's Church Planting Assessment Center. I got to speak to a room full of potential church planters, campus pastors, pastors and ministry leaders. 5.5 years ago, I was sitting where they were. It's so surreal to think about that. Here's…

It sucks when your Church hurts you…

When I was 13 years old, everyone told me I was going to be a Pastor someday. I was pretty sure that wasn't going to happen, I mean, I was going to play 2nd base for the Detroit Tigers. Then came the day when I decided for sure that there was absolutely NO WAY I…

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…