‘The Crazy Teenage Year’s’ with Rebekah and Jason Raitz.

This was a highlight for me! I am someone who absolutely loves being a dad. And, I have the honor of being the dad to 5 pretty amazing kids. Rebekah Raitz is an almost high school graduate, who in my opinion, has leadership gifts off the chart. We do our best to have an conversation…

16.2 Miles to raise $10,000 for Summer Camp! ONLY GOD! Apply for a Partial Scholarship Today

16.2 Miles! Before I talk about all that, here is the Scholarship Application from my 'Walk for Camp'... CLICK HERE This application is for any teenager to fill out. Yes, mom and dads, let your kids fill it out. Whether they attend Thrive or not. The scholarship just has to be used to attend a…

Sponsor miles for my ‘Walk for Camp’

On May 12th, 2018, I am walking 16.2 miles to raise money to help send teens to summer camp! Why 16.2 miles. Well, our student ministry (One Youth) is hosting a 5k fundraising event that day and it's 13 miles from my front door to the event. Add the events miles and bam...16.2 miles! So,…

Maybe our parenting approach is all wrong?!? Parenting and the Church pt. 1

My wife and I have 5 kids. We have 3 teenagers (17, 15, 13) and a 9 and 3.5 year old. Parenting is an important part of our lives. One of the most important. And, for the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to serve families in local churches and have had a…

10 Ways to Support your Church in the summer

Summer is AWESOME!! Many people get to vacation. They get to rest. They get to breathe a little bit. For some, life slows down a little bit. For others, it ramps up. For most Churches, things slow down in the summer. Which is good. People need to rest. BUT... If you're a fully devoted follower…

Thrive Church: 10 Ways You Can Support One Youth’s Big Stuf Trip…

In 22 days, Thrive Church is sending an amazing group of students and adults to Big Stuf! WOO HOO!! Ok, what's Big Stuf? Big Stuf is a summer camp/conference for middle and high schools in Panama City Beach, FL. Incredible times of worship, inspired bible teaching, breakouts, group activities, bonding with small groups and the…

5 Reasons I’m beyond EXCITED about Thrive’s Dad Fest Sunday!

This Sunday is one of Thrive Church's most exciting Sunday's... DAD FEST! We host Dad Fest every year to honor dads, to hopefully attract men and dad's to Church and to remind people how amazing our heavenly Father is and how much he loves us! Some of my favorite Sunday's in Thrive's almost 4 year…

Are we Crazy!?! Thrive’s 5 year Vision and our Prayer Wall!

Last month, the Pastors of Thrive Church were at the Exponential Church Planting conference in Orlando, FL. It was a GREAT trip. Lots of laughs, dreaming, praying and learning! The theme of the conference was 'Dream Big' and we were challenged to do just that. One morning, I found myself dreaming big in my prayer…

A Giant Family Experience + Thrive is serving Central Michigan = A Special Day ahead!

Today at Thrive is going to be... Different, Exciting, Awesome, Encouraging and Fun We're changing things up a bit. Because of a scheduling issue, we could only rent Finch Fieldhouse on the campus of CMU. So, we decided to turn today into a giant ...FAMILY EXPERIENCE! Yup, our entire Church family is gathering together under…

Today I Get to make one of the BIGGEST announcements I have ever made at Thrive Church and I’m SOOOOOO EXCITED!!

I don't think I'm exaggerating. Today, I get to make a freaking huge announcement! I mean, it will have giant implications for Thrive Church. Especially for our Kids and Teenagers! And, I believe its going to help make a GIANT IMPACT in the Central MI area and beyond. Oh man! I am so thankful and…