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.…

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…

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…

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…

How to Respect your Pastor by Tracie Raitz

Written by Tracie Raitz I was asked to write an article about how to Respect your Pastor from the Pastor’s Wife perspective. I have been mulling this topic over in my mind and trying to decide what to write and how to write it so it doesn’t come across as complaining or finger pointing. I…

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…

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,…

Why is Church and God the first to go when life gets tough?

I have heard similar stories a hundred or more times, probably more. 'Yeah, life has been hard, so I just don't have time for Church' 'My life is falling a part and I blame God' 'Church just doesn't fit with my crazy life right now' 'I'm upset at a decision the Pastor made and so…

I’m Sharing something today at Thrive that I’ve never shared before…

I'm excited. I'm a bit nervous. But, really, I'm more excited.  Today is going to be a GREAT day at Thrive.  We start a new series called 'Show Up, Jump In, Do Good'. It's a series about our Spiritual Formation process and how every single person who comes to Thrive can be the mission of…