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…

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…

What I love about my Dad

I'm blessed. I have an incredible Dad. In fact, I have an incredible Mom as well. Yes, I'm blessed.  Here's the deal, I try very hard to not take this giant blessing for granted. I have quite a few friends who are not close to their parents as all. But, my dad has always been there…

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…

Final Thrive Preview…Super Fun, Powerful, Meaningful, Healing

Yesterday was our 2nd preview service for Thrive. I have to say... I Love My Church! I'm unashamedly in love with my church. In almost 20 years of serving at local churches in MI and IL, I can whole-heartedly say that I love this church! I love Thrive Church. I love that its my families…

Not even sure how to process the Thrive Journey

Starting a church from nothing is pretty exhilarating at times and it can be extremely tough. Honestly, it's overwhelming at times...both overwhelming in good ways and bad ways. The Good Already in our short history, God has created so many... 'can you even believe it' moments! I've been trying my best too not miss those moments and…