It snuck up on me.
There is a rule of thumb among church planters. Count the number of people that attended your very first event. Watch that number drop dramatically and then slowly rise. In approximately two years, you will be back to the number of your first event.
With this in mind, I was thinking about the early days of Thrive Church and where we are headed with our average Sunday attendance today. Our first event was mid September 2015. I’m watching the calendar as this September approaches and am happy to say that we are definitely closing in on that number! It is quite exciting.
Then it dawned on me. We’ve had a couple of starts. First event was September 2015. We launched weekly services in October 2016, which most Thrivers mark as the beginning. But the organization called Thrive Church, began on August 15, 2015.
When all of this occurred to me, I checked the calendar... yesterday. August 15, 2017. Unbelievably, a full two years have passed.
Like I said, it snuck up on me.
How things have changed in two years. Different faces. An amazing staff. We’re in the middle of negotiating for some flexible space to use for ministries Monday - Saturday. We’ve launched new Life Groups. We’re planning some new Serve events. We’re settling into a rhythm of life that is beautiful to see after months of labor. Its even more beautiful to be in the thick of it!
What really strikes me is that this is all a God-thing. Sure, we’ve made some solid leadership decisions (and more than our fair share of errors too), but through each season we have been aware that God has been up to something. I’m just happy to be a part of it.
So, thank you to everyone who has had a hand in making Thrive Church the body of Christ that it is. Your contributions - your faith - is remarkable and deeply appreciated. I can’t wait to see where God is taking us!
We will celebrate our “start" on the first Sunday this October - weekly services for a year! But Happy Birthday, Thrive Church! August 15 was the day you breathed your first breath. Many happy (and blessed) returns!
Grace + Peace
DAVID TRELOAR | LEAD PASTOR