You have to know 3 things…
Are you praying for that? Are you asking God to provide? Are you asking Him to open up the floodgates of heaven on our Church? Please do!
I pinch myself daily because I believe that God assembled an…
I mean, I think I have a little experience in the matter! I have served at local churches for 22 years! In that time, I have worked and served with some amazing people. But, BUT and its a BIG but, I have never worked and served with such an amazing group of people!
They really are selfless. Many of them work crazy amounts of hours, way more than they’re paid for, to serve the people of Thrive Church. Many of them raise their financial support so they can be a part of the team. They just serve tirelessly and they do it to serve Jesus and others. No one has gotten a raise. No one is here to get rich. Any one of them would drop anything to see someone find and follow Jesus!
And now, God has increased our team! The Thrive staff team is made up of a few different positions. We have full time Pastors, we have part time paid staff, part time volunteer staff and then we have interns.
Sam is absolutely incredible! She’s been involved at Thrive for about a year and a half and
in that time has made an unbelievable difference! She’s humble, she’s hard working, she has an incredible attitude, she is a team player, she loves kids, she serves volunteers, she’s hungry to learn more, she’s a leader, she’s a very good communicator, she always brings so much life whenever she is a part of something, she is a difference maker and she loves Jesus!
She is really a spectacular woman!
So, when the opportunity arose for Sam and I to talk about her coming onto the Thrive staff team after she graduated from CMU, I jumped at it!
On May 16th, she’ll join the team full time! She’ll concentrate on creating irresistible environments for Thrive Kidz. Environments where kids can learn about Jesus in fun and exciting ways. She has already, in her team at Thrive, begun to build an amazing team of creative folks who pour into kids each Sunday at Thrive and that will just get better and better.
Sam is also raising 100% of her financial support for this position and she is stepping out in faith to do so! Yeah, its pretty amazing.
I wish. I dream. I know someday Thrive will be at the place where we can afford for our staff to not raise funds, but we’re just not there. For our size church, we should be. But, there are some variables working against us and we’re working hard to figure those out.
I am so excited! Our team is excited!
If you would like to help Sam raise support, you can give here. Just click on her name.
The Best is Yet to Come!
It’s pretty awesome when someone in the community asks you about your Church because of your sweatshirt! Here’s what happened yesterday…
I was paying at iHop and my waitress looked at my Thrive sweatshirt and asked if that was the Church that baptizes all those people! I honestly was shocked and said YES! She said she read about us in the Morning Sun and she’s always wanted to visit. EASIEST INVITE EVER!!!! HOW freaking awesome is that?!?
It’s only a God thing what’s happening at Thrive!
So, head to Thrive this morning and experience what God is doing! We meet at Celebration Cinema at either 9 or 1015! Come a little early!
Our next BAPTISM is on November 13th during both experiences!!! YEAH, you read that right. The theater gave us permission and we are borrowing a portable baptismal!!
Just imagine being a part of that EXPERIENCE?!? People taking the STEP to Publicly Declare to Follow Jesus and the Band Leading us in Worship at the Same Time???
Don’t MISS Sunday, November 13th!!! We’ve never been able to do baptisms in our theater and we can’t wait!
It never ceases to amaze me how God moves and uses really simple things to reach people for his kingdom!
It’s up to you, you can SHOW UP or you can not. If you do plan on SHOWing UP, here are 10 ways to really SHOW UP at Thrive Church.
1. Show Up consistently. We show up so we can get filled up to go out and help people find and follow Jesus.
2. Show Up with a smile. Life is hard. We are the Church for the broken and neglected. But, as much as you can, show up with a smile. If you can’t, don’t worry about it!
3. Show Up with someone. Yes, bring whoever you know.
4. Show Up with your kids. Oh my sweet goodness, bring your kids! They will love Thrive Kidz and One Youth!
5. Show Up early. Yup, come on! Our teams work really hard for you to experience God. Don’t miss any of it.
6. Show Up and serve. One of the best ways to get involved. If you really want to SHOW UP. come at 7am and help set up!
7. Show Up and give. Yes, we’re a church that asks you to give a portion of your finances to God through the Church. You’re blessed when you give and others are too!
8. Show Up online. We live in an online world. Like, comment, encourage, share as much as you can!
9. Show Up with encouragement. People are hurting. Bring the encouragement!
10. Show Up with support. Yeah, support your Church. Support your Pastors.
10 Ways that would have gigantic and profound impact on your life and Thrive Church!
I have an amazing friend named Jessica or Jess or as I try to pronounce it with an ‘h’…
Hessica. I don’t know why I do. It’s silly and I try to be funny with it. Its not, but she lets me do it.
Jess has been at Thrive since our very first Sunday, I believe. Or the second. But, either way, she has been at Thrive ever since. She hasn’t missed many Sunday’s in that time. She plays in the band. She has served in Thrive Kidz. She has helped set up at 7am on Sunday’s. And, she serves in One Youth! Actually, she’s one of the reasons One Youth got going and stayed going. She was the first adult leader and has loved and served students ever since.
If I had to describe Jess using one word, I couldn’t. It would just be too hard. Because I would want to use too many words, words like…
Faithful. Servant. Friend. Hero. Leader. Example. Loving. Caring. Believer. Amazing. Humble. Freaking Awesome. Lover of Jesus. Jesus Follower.
My wife and I have 4 kids and they all adore and love Jess.
Our 12 year old Zach is addicted to slurpees. There is a story behind that, but because of a special diet he’s on, we gave him his first slurpee pretty early on (like barely crawling, hahha) and he’s been hooked ever since.
Well, Jess and Zach have this cool tradition.
After Church, before we’ll head to lunch, she takes Zach to his favorite slurpee place and they get a slurpee. As a dad who believes in having other adults be a part of our kids lives, this means the world. Some Sunday’s it’s probably a pain for her because Zach always remembers and is pretty persistent.
But, Jess is just faithful. Jess just loves. Jess just keeps investing into his life.
She cheered him on at his football games. She’s also taken our 16 year old to her favorite coffee place as well. And she has sat in the stands at many games from students from Thrive.
I was thinking about this today because last Sunday was slurpee Sunday and I was asking God to make me more like Jess.
OH MY STINKING GOODNESS!!!!
I am beyond EXCITED for what’s ahead today!!
First of all…It’s Sunday!!! I can’t wait to gather with my Thrive Church family!!!
Second of all…My kids and a great group of students are headed to Big Stuf Camp in Panama City Beach, FL!!
Third of all…I have the privilege of leading worship at Thrive this morning with an amazing group of musicians!
I am on freaking overload! I can’t wait! Here we go!
If you don’t have a Church home, you’re invited to Thrive this morning at either 9 or 1015 at Celebration Cinema.
If Thrive is your Church home, COME ONE!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!