State of the Church 2021

By Pastor Tom Anderson

Here’s my take on the state of our church in three words: generous, creative and courageous.


We completed what was the last capital campaign for the Family Life Center! At the beginning of the Finish with Love campaign our remaining debt stood at approximately $342,500. We haven’t even finished 1 year of the 3 year pledge period and our remaining debt stands at approximately $120,000! At this rate there is good reason to believe that our debt will be eliminated in the next 18 months. Sensational! Thank you everyone for your perseverance in generousity and enthusiasm for mission.

The return on this kingdom investment can be seen in the Sunday messages from two of our students Liz Frank and Brent Cohen this past year. They represent the first generation of disciples raised in our Family LIfe Center. Glory to God for the gospel ministry made possible by the decision to build 12 years ago!

If that wasn’t enough miracle for you, how about this: $13,000 received on Christmas Eve for the Power Company Kid’s Club. This was matched by a donor challenge at the Power Company and became $26,000! That’s an awful lot of support for a fantastic gospel ministry to children and youth at risk in Pontiac and Detroit.

If you’re still in doubt, how about this: you raised $2500 and sent a team of 22 people to help one of our own families for Rebuilding Together Day. Then there is the $7500 you raised to build 3 houses in Mexico and the team you are sending there next month. You have generously opened your hearts and your hands for others in the name of Jesus. The Spirit is moving.

Creative and Courageous

We became Thrive Church. We are proud of our heritage as Highland United Methodist and now with excitement we lean into our future as Thrive Church. After 3 years of surveys, focus group conversations, much prayer and research, we chose a name for our congregation . Thrive is drawn directly from our vision statement: We want to be a thriving church where families can discover life together, connecting with God, growing in Spirit and serving generously.

We believe this name will help us connect with our community by describing what we offer--the abundant life Jesus came to give us (John 10:10). We believe it will spur us to shake off complacency and energetically seek the Kingdom.

To further these ends we’ve spent many hours praying and planning for revival in September and the launch of a new k