Thrive Church Leadership

By Pastor Tom Anderson

The Holy Spirit grabs you with an idea for a new ministry at Thrive Church--who you gonna call? You see a need or an opportunity for the church—who you gonna call? You want to understand the policies and procedures of Thrive Church–who you gonna call?

Call the F.A.S.T. team! Thrive Church uses a single-board governance model we call the F.A.S.T. team. F.A.S.T. stands for Finance, Administration, Staff-parish and Trustees. This is the body of leaders that:

  • Creates and monitors a yearly budget

  • coordinates the major policies of the church: facilities use, child protection, employee manual, and financial procedures.

  • Engages in strategic planning

  • Evaluates staff and ministries

  • Oversees facilities maintenance and insurance

  • Organizes the church to accomplish our mission to make disciples of Christ

The team meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 7 PM in the Middle School room of the Family Life Center. Meetings are open and anyone can attend. If you have an item for the agenda, please contact the chair, Karie Saunders to schedule new business.

Membership on the team includes 3 finance members, 3 staff-parish members, 3 trustee members, lay leader, lay member of Annual Conference, financial secretary, treasurer, secretary, chair, vice-chair, pastor and lay staff. It's about 20 people. Team members are nominated by a separate nominating team chaired by the pastor and elected by the membership of Thrive Church at the yearly church conference.

The trustee members coordinate facilities and insurance matters and bring this business to the whole team. The staff-parish coordinates personnel matters and brings this business to the whole team. Finance coordinates financial procedures and policies and brings this business to the whole team. The team governs as a whole but depends on its specialized members to take the lead in their designated areas.