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…

I’m 43 today.

I'm 43 today. A few years ago, my wife (Tracie) started a great family tradition. My brother built us this cool chalk board and Tracie texts family and friends and asks for positive words to describe the birthday person. It's super fun and super honoring. I'm 43 today. A few years ago I wrote THIS blog…

Monday Morning Thoughts about Life, Family and Ministry @Thrive

Yesterday was a great day!  It was my first Sunday teaching at Thrive since July 3rd and I loved every second of it. I only missed a Sunday and a half in July, but it was great to be back teaching. I took a bit of a break in July. I took off 2 weeks…

My SIDEBARS thoughts on Life, Family and Thrive Church

  I'm writing this while watching the NBA all star game on Sunday night. We don't have cable and some good friends let Zach, Bobby and I come over to their house to watch it. I love how into basketball my boys are! At their age, I couldn't get enough either! Where did the week…

Another Adoption Miracle…A $10,000 gift from 2|42 Community Church!!!!!!!

As you may or may not know, the Raitz family is in the process of adopting Winona Mae!  We're EXCITED!  But, it's a long process and we have to raise a lot of money in order to bring her home! Actually, we have to raise about $30,000. Honestly, it's a daunting number and we've had…

Merry Christmas from the Raitz Family!!

Merry Christmas from the Raitz Family! 2015 was an amazing year for our family! As we finish this year: Bekah is a sophomore in high school and doing great! She ran track her freshmen year and earned her varsity letter. She's super involved in our Church and is just an absolute delight. Bobby is an…

One of the reasons we’re adopting…

Tracie and I both had amazing childhoods. Tracie and I both have amazing parents. We're blessed in that department! Our parents were both extremely intentional and we're so thankful for that. Our parents spoiled us with their time and amazing creativity. To do this day, we are very close to both sets of parents. Shoot, my…

What I’m Thankful For…My Family, My Friends, My Church and Adoption

I am one EXTREMELY thankful person! God has been really good to me. He has been really good to my family! As I think about how much He has blessed me...it's literally OVERWHELMING! So, today I am Thankful! I choose to be Thankful! I will be Thankful! Here's what I'm Thankful for... One...My Family! They're…

Exponential Conference…The Highlights…Day One…

For the second year in a row, I'm down at the Exponential Conference and its just awesome! My soul is being refreshed and I'm more excited than ever about what God is doing in my local church and the capital 'C' Church! If you're interested in church planting or wondering if God's called you to plant…

3 Easy Ways to Win as a Parent

I've been a dad for 13 years.  My wife and I have 4 kids... Rebekah, 13 Bobby, 11 Zach, 9 Madison, 5 We are in no way...parenting experts or a super parents.  But, we love our kids and for us, there is nothing more important in our lives than doing a great job as a…