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…

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.…

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…

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…