I am reminded of an evening back in the summer of 2016. Four of us sat around in a circle in Jay Anderson’s back yard. I shared with each of them the vision God had given Dawn and I. The vision to go plant a church in Portsmouth that really would make a difference for the Gospel and the people of Portsmouth. A vision where people would be able to Thrive and become everything that God wanted them to become. That night we said to each other – “It’s about to get real!”
Over the next several months, a lot of work was done to build a launch team that would be the catalyst for Thrive Church. The team starting meeting weekly in homes - but quickly we outgrew the homes. A decision was make to begin a weekly service for the team and God opened a door to a place for us to meet. The week before we sat around a living room assigning responsibilities and duties for that first launch team service – we looked at each other and said, “It’s about to get real!”
Over the course of the last year we have had some opportunities to learn about leasing property and what it would really take to have a place of our own for Thrive Church. Sometimes the learning was painful and sometimes it was enlightening.
We finally found a place that would meet the needs of Thrive Church and we began the process of negotiating a lease all the while going through the process of becoming incorporated as a church. There were several times we looked at each other and said, “It’s about to get real!”
The week of Christmas we signed our lease for the future home of Thrive Church, 5555 Portsmouth Blvd. We met with the architect and contractor. Plans have been drawn and work is about to begin – it’s about to get real!
I believe that God is doing something totally amazing and we get to be a part of what He is doing. The vision that God planted in Dawn and I is becoming reality and soon Thrive Church will be a lighthouse in the city of Portsmouth. Thrive Church will be a place where people come and find Jesus and begin to serve - and yes, Thrive! IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL!