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…

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…

The Gift of Sheila = Unbelievable Generosity that rocks your life!

The Raitz family has been so blessed over the years. And, when I say blessed, I don't mean...'oh, we're so happy', kind of blessed.' I mean the kind of blessed where your life, where your family, where your everyday life is so rocked and so moved and so blown away, you just don't know how…

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…

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…

180 Weeks equals an amazing Chapter One for Thrive Church!

Having a hard time putting into words how I feel about tomorrow morning.  You see, its not just another Sunday morning! Not one Sunday morning is just another Sunday morning! They are all special. They all mean the world! Tomorrow is Thrive's last Sunday at the theater we've been using for 180 weeks! The night…

Can 7 Sunday’s really be all that important? The next 7 at Thrive are just that…

  Sunday is coming! I am extremely EXCITED about this Sunday! Why? It's Thrive's last Sunday at the theater! I have been praying for this day for over 2 years and I can't wait! Don't get me wrong, I will miss the theater! I am sad! But, I am more EXCITED and EXPECTANT and EAGER…

A New Chapter for Thrive Church + #SaveaSeat Campaign = The Best is Yet to Come

  Thrive Church is 175 weeks old! It's been an amazing 3.5 years! Lives have been changed! Marriages have been encouraged and healed! People have found community! And...people have found Jesus and follow Him!! Through it all...God has been so faithful!  As I look back on 2016, I just scratch my head when I think…

Hey Thrive…10 Ways to make this Sunday Off the Charts AHMAZING!

Hey Thrive Church!!   OH MY GOODNESS...SUNDAY IS ALMOST HERE!!!! 10 Ways you can make Sunday off the charts AMAZING 1. PLEASE don't miss this Sunday!! You know, there are 4-6 Sunday's a year where we plan for longer, invest greater and pray bigger. This is one of those Sundays!! So many amazing things going…

A Beautiful Post by my wife about Winona’s Death, Moving Forward and the miracle of Kai’s Adoption.

Today is a bittersweet day for me. A year ago we were plowing through the adoption paperwork and checklists to bring Winona Mae home. We had a crib, stroller and had just bought paint for her room and had planned to paint over the weekend! Things were moving forward and we couldn't wait to hold…