Are you looking for a Church Home? A few things I would look for…(part 2)

What would you look for in a church home? That's a question I get from time to time. So, Last year, I wrote this BLOG POST. This is an important question. Your Church home can become your family and your place that brings enormous healing and life change because of Jesus.  So, for me, this…

5 Concerns I have for the Local Church

I grew up in the Church. My dad was my youth pastor for a few years. I interned at a local church when I was 18. I was hired by a local church to be a youth pastor when I was 20. I have served & worked for local churches since 1995. I have invested…

Who’s Next? God’s. Not. Done. Week One [a Thrive message]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZI2rPsXm1E Good Morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today??? My name is Jason and I’m one of the Pastors here at Thrive and I am so glad you’re with us today! If you’re joining us on facebook live, we’re excited! But, sweet goodness, it is incredible here! How fun and amazing were the videos?…

5 more reasons why this Sunday is so special to me…

This Sunday, Thrive Church turns 5 years old! I am just a bit giddy. That's the under statement of the year. I have been praying for this day since we started!  Honestly, a handful of people told me we wouldn't get here. I think they were well meaning Christian people. But, it hurt to hear.…

Why this Sunday means so much to me…Thrive’s 5 Year Anniversary!

This Sunday is Thrive's 5 year anniversary! ONLY GOD! No, really, ONLY GOD!  It's hard to even explain how much this day means to me! I mean, it's another Sunday in our 361 Sunday's of our Church, right? Wrong!  Thrive's story and our families journey in that story has been nothing but easy. It's actually…

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…

Bill Hybels Keys to Longevity in Ministry

Last week, I had the privilege of sitting in a Q & A with Bill Hybels, the Pastor and Founder of Willow Creek ChurchWillow Creek Church in the Chicago Land. Outside of planting Thrive Church, being on staff at Willow is one of my greatest treasures of 22 years of ministry. A Pastor asked Bill…

Love is Law. Week one of Do GOOD message notes.

Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic + Jason’s Social Media (F, I, T, Youtube) Good morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today! If this is your first time at Thrive, thank you for being here! We would love to meet you and for you to get a free gift and more info…

‘How to Pick Your Battles’. Message Notes from Thrive Church MI on Feb. 18, 2018.

Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic + Jason Social Media Info Doesn’t that video hit home for some? How hilarious! Good Morning Thrive Church!! How are we doing today? My name is Jason Raitz and I’m one of the Pastors here at Thrive! If this is your first time at Thrive, thank you…

Learning to be an Incredible Listener. My sermon notes at Thrive Church CA

I taught this message at Thrive Church CA on February 11, 2018 for their 'Fight Night' series! I also had the amazing opportunity to bring Bekah (my oldest) with me and we got to experience some amazing sights in Northern CA! Including the Golden Gate Bridge! Message Notes    |    | Slide # 1...Series Graphic +…