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…

10 Ways to Really SHOW UP at Thrive Church

The thing I wonder the most sometimes about Church is... Why do people settle for such a tiny piece of the pie?  Think about it for a second. We're all busy. We're all tired. We all have a million things to do. We all, sometimes, make other things more important than involvement with our local…

Why I love Sunday’s at Thrive! Today is no different!

Today is Thrive's 151st Sunday!  WOO HOO!!!!! I celebrate every Sunday because I know how hard it has been to get to this point! I think many folks take it for granted, but I'm just not going to do that! I appreciate every Sunday! Today is no different! Here's why: 1. Because I believe in Thrive's…

Keep Calm its Sunday Morning! Wait, don’t keep calm! It’s SUNDAY!!!!

Hey Thrive Church!   It's Sunday morning! The absolute best part of the week! Why? Because we have the amazing privilege of being a part of something that Jesus gave His life for... The local Church! Plus, I couldn't sleep last night and spend a great deal of time praying for you and I'm PUMPED!!…

Do Pastors try to hard to get people to attend or be a part Church?

Ok, its late. I'm normally not up this late. So, I know I really messed up my 'to's' in the subject line. To be honest with you, I always mess them up! People in my church must think I'm illiterate sometimes! But, this question has been swirling around in my head lately. And, these thoughts are…

Doubt + God’s Word + Trust = Answers. Today at Thrive!!

Today at Thrive Church we're diving into the world of Doubt.  Ever been there?  Doubt that God exists? Doubt that God can love someone like you? Doubt that God can love the messy people around you? Doubt that God can be loving when such horrible things happen in this world? Doubt that you can trust…

I absolutely LOVE when Katie teaches at Thrive! Like she does today!!

Today, one of my favorite people on planet earth is teaching at Thrive... Katie Eisenberger! She is just amazing! Her energy, her spirit, her life story and her passion for Jesus is just contagious. Katie has been around Thrive before Thrive even was Thrive! One day, out of the blue, I got a phone call…

Yes, You Should Leave Your Church IF…

Ok, that title was tough to type. Why? Because I love the Local Church. I passionately believe that there is no greater organization on planet earth than the local Church! And yes, I love Bill Hybel's famous quote...'The local Church is the hope of the world'! But, in the midst of all the beauty and…

Incredible Insight on Empowering Women Leaders from John Ortberg

I believe whole heartedly that both Men and Women have been given gifts to lead and teach in the Church.  Recently I was talking to a Thriver and they told me they really loved it when we've had women guest speakers at Thrive. I kind of chuckled. They asked me why I chuckled. I told…