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…

A Powerful Moment at today’s Thrive Staff Meeting

I love our Thrive Church staff meetings! I love our team. I'm pretty protective of our staff  culture and so when it comes to these meetings, I don't want them to be a waste of time. That's one of my biggest pet peeves, meetings that don't have a plan. We laugh. We tell stories. We…

‘Waiting is an act of Faith’. Message notes from week two of our Buffering series at Thrive Church.

Message Notes: Slide # 1. Series Theme Slide Good Morning Thrive Church! My name is Jason Raitz and I’m the Pastor of Thrive Church! How are we doing this morning! Did you know that there are 3 other Churches in a network with us? Thrive TX in Houston and Thrive CA in northern CA. All…

Maybe our parenting approach is all wrong?!? Parenting and the Church pt. 1

My wife and I have 5 kids. We have 3 teenagers (17, 15, 13) and a 9 and 3.5 year old. Parenting is an important part of our lives. One of the most important. And, for the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to serve families in local churches and have had a…

I took 29 days off and lived to tell about it!

It's true. I did it. I took 29 days off from my role as Pastor of Thrive Church. I also took 29 days off from social media. I also took 29 days off from constantly replying and checking my messages/emails/voicemails/texts. And guess what? I lived! And, Thrive Church... THRIVED! Let me tell you why I…

The Gift of Sheila = Unbelievable Generosity that rocks your life!

The Raitz family has been so blessed over the years. And, when I say blessed, I don't mean...'oh, we're so happy', kind of blessed.' I mean the kind of blessed where your life, where your family, where your everyday life is so rocked and so moved and so blown away, you just don't know how…

10 Ways to Support your Church in the summer

Summer is AWESOME!! Many people get to vacation. They get to rest. They get to breathe a little bit. For some, life slows down a little bit. For others, it ramps up. For most Churches, things slow down in the summer. Which is good. People need to rest. BUT... If you're a fully devoted follower…

Meet Thrive’s new Small Group Director…Jon Strifler!

Are you even kidding me? God just continues to blow me away! I am beyond excited to introduce Thrive's newest staff member. Why? Because has God sent an amazing leader to Thrive and He has filled a tremendous hole! And that hole has been for someone to lead our Small Groups. I have been trying…

Thrive Church: 10 Ways You Can Support One Youth’s Big Stuf Trip…

In 22 days, Thrive Church is sending an amazing group of students and adults to Big Stuf! WOO HOO!! Ok, what's Big Stuf? Big Stuf is a summer camp/conference for middle and high schools in Panama City Beach, FL. Incredible times of worship, inspired bible teaching, breakouts, group activities, bonding with small groups and the…

5 Reasons I’m beyond EXCITED about Thrive’s Dad Fest Sunday!

This Sunday is one of Thrive Church's most exciting Sunday's... DAD FEST! We host Dad Fest every year to honor dads, to hopefully attract men and dad's to Church and to remind people how amazing our heavenly Father is and how much he loves us! Some of my favorite Sunday's in Thrive's almost 4 year…