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…

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…

3 Simple Ways to Really Appreciate your Pastor

So, October is Pastor Appreciation month. Today is the last day, but you don't need it to be Pastor Appreciation Month to appreciate your Pastor. So, I thought I would chime in on a few really simple ways to appreciate your Pastor. But first... Yesterday I was the guest speaker at Connect Church in Washington,…

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…

Lessons I’m Learning about being a Pastor

I've worked at served at local churches since 1995. I love the local church!  My hobbies over the years have always included studying, reading and learning about the church. I love church history and I love just love the church. I believe fully that the local church is the Hope of the World!  I have…

A letter to Thrive Church…On the eve of our Launch

Dear Thrive Church, I'm sure you're aware of what tomorrow is... We officially launch as a church.  I know October 6th, 2013 will be a day we remember for years to come! The reality is... We've been a church for a long time. We've been caring and praying and loving each other. We've been accepting…

3 Things I’ve learned so far about planting a Church

I've been reading, studying and thinking about planting a church for 15 years. Honestly, that really didn't prepare me for the last 10 months! Now, it did help me with the philosophy behind planting a church, but goodness, reading about it and leading it are two very different things. I know that's a 'no duh'…

You’re Invited to Thrive’s Launch this Sunday

You're Invited.  Bring your entire family.  Bring a friend.  Bring a neighbor.  Thrive's Grand Opening is this Sunday, October 6th. 10:00am  at Celebration Cinema (4395 E. Pickard, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858) What you'll Experience 1. Angry Birds. Come early to experience a game of life size Angry Birds as a family. 2. Marriage Unscripted. We…

What does it mean to launch a church?

This Sunday, Thrive Community Church officially launches! WOO HOO!!!! We've been planning, preparing and praying for this day for a long time. It's kind of surreal to think that the day is almost here. But, it is and I can't wait. Now, we're officially launching... but we're already a church. Way too often people think…

HEY Thrive Launch Team…3 Musts to know before we launch

Can you believe it? It's almost here. We've been praying about this day for months and months and MONTHS!! It felt like it would never come, but it's here. That being said, here are some things you have to know. 3 Musts 1. Thrive is God's Church. It's His! He will build it. He will…