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.…

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…

A Historic Day.

What if we viewed every Sunday as a HISTORIC day? Yeah, you read that correctly, every Sunday. Wouldn't that be something!?! I think some Christians do in other parts of the world. Maybe the parts where gathering together as followers of Jesus is frowned upon. Or, maybe in parts of the world where people are…

Such a GREAT morning at GrumLaw Church! Loved being their guest speaker!

I had an absolutely fantastic morning at GrumLaw Church! I was so blown away by my experience! I'm so proud of GrumLaw and it's Pastor, Shea Prisk! Plus, a couple of amazing Thrivers made these incredible signs for GrumLaw and it was awesome to take them and give them to Shea.  GrumLaw launched on Jan…

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…

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…

3 Years Ago Today…What a ride it’s been!

It was 3 years ago tonight that Thrive (we weren't even called Thrive yet...we just called ourselves...Brand New Church) met for our second ever worship preview night at the Shepherd Bar.  I was coming home from speaking at a winter retreat and drove right to the Bar. We borrowed pieces of a sound system and…

Sunday Night Thoughts on Life, Family and Thrive Church

Honestly, this week has been a tough one. Can't really sugar coat it at all. So, it's hard to process some thoughts about it, but, I'll give it my best shot. Here's what I know... Psalm 34:17-18 (msg) Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right…

Sunday Night Thoughts on Life, Family and Thrive Church

We're home! It's Sunday night! I should be sleeping. I can't! I am so charged up and so EXCITED about a GREAT morning at Thrive and a GREAT weekend with my family! Some Thoughts... on Life...I continually find myself in situations that there is NO reason I should be in that situation! Honestly, it's head…

Monday morning thoughts on Life, Family and Thrive Church

Whew, it's Monday Morning! My goal is to write some thoughts on Sunday night about the previous week, but I'm absolutely failing at that lately. So, Monday's will have to suffice!! Thoughts on Life... Here it is in a nut shell...I'm so thankful to be loved by God and to be loved by my amazing…