“Coming to Thrive was an opportunity I never expected God to give to me. It’s unique to find such a mixture of Biblical studies, missional outreach, personal growth, and close community in a post-secondary program. The classes were in depth, challenging to my faith, and taught me how to discern Scripture in its complete entirety.
Theologically I also became more capable in various ways- from writing a sermon, to fully recognizing my spiritual gifts, to being equipped with knowledge to defend the gospel.
Having the time to bond and connect deeply with my fellow Thrivers created an atmosphere that was close, trusting, and often had the best hilarious moments, and throughout our joys and challenges we remained loyal to each other.
The continual outreach we did were also among my favorite highlights- from serving hot chocolate in -30 weather, to running a youth retreat and hearing their stories of struggle and joy, to playing guitar with a man in a homeless shelter who hadn’t played for years. Those moments were when I truly saw the Lord bringing light and love to people who usually don’t have hope, and more and more I could see the Kingdom of God at work in their brokenness.
I’d say the biggest thing I learned from Thrive is to say ‘Yes!’ to God! Over time I realized I was no longer letting fear control the decisions I made, and I started saying, ‘Yes!’ to personal healing, to sharing the gospel with a random stranger, to job opportunities coming out of Thrive. Because of that, I’m now serving as the youth coordinator of my church and living life in the joy and freedom I never thought I’d be able to find. By the grace of God, I’m now more excited than ever to walk in the Spirit and say ‘Yes!’ as a disciple, leader, and follower of Jesus.”
“Do not forget My teaching,
but keep My commands in your heart.”
It’s SOAR season!
Please join us in prayer for our Thrive students, their leaders, the volunteers and for the communities in Saskatoon that will host the SOAR program.
SOAR is a ten day local mission program that gives people the opportunity to experience God’s love here in Saskatoon. Teams are led through orientation, hands-on partnership, and debrief; being re-oriented to live missionally when they return to their home churches, schools, and families.
We can’t wait to see how Jesus is going to move in our students, in Saskatoon and amongst the SOAR community!
Thrive – come join the fun!
On the road again … spreadin’ the word about Thrive!…
this time to Harvest City Christian Academy in Regina!
Attention Thrive Prayer Warriors!
We are putting together a Prayer Team for the Thrive Discipleship Program!
What does this look like?
Well, we would like 4-5 people to meet together on Bethany Campus once a week to pray for our Thrive program as well as other prayer requests that come forward weekly. We have many exciting things happening here as well as no shortage of things to continually pray for.
If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and crucial ministry, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in contact with Kim Bushman who has eagerly agreed to lead this group!
We are very excited to see how God works through this team, He is Good!
Can’t believe the boys made waffles from scratch!
We have been looking forward to this week all year, James Penner is here!
JPA is an innovative youth consulting and research group that resources and educates individuals and organizations who care about youth, their families and their communities. Their insights are instructive and even revolutionary. They seek to help empower adolescents and young adults to become all they can be.
During his time here, James will be teaching “Youth Culture” which is an examination of Canadian millennial youth culture trends. Particular emphasis will be placed on the marginalization of young people and prolonged nature of emerging adulthood.
An integral part of the course will be to connect with a theological exploration of the strategic role that faith communities can play in the twenty first century and corresponding strategies for youth and church who wish to follow Jesus during this restless, secular era.
Dinosaurs. Fossils. Evolution. Millions of Years. Noah’s Flood. Tower of Babel. These are all hot topics.
How are these to be understood in light of Scripture?
What about in light of science?
We have enjoyed having Vance Nelson here this week speaking on Genesis 1-11.
Vance is the director of Creation Truth Ministries creationtruthministries.org located in Red Deer Alberta. This organization is dedicated to defending the authority of the bible starting in Genesis. Creation Truth Ministries is a Christian ministry that seeks to enable believers to defend their faith in an increasingly secular age.
This course, has looked at these and other origin topics in light of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. The students have learned how their faith affects how they perceive and interpret evidence.
It’s been another great week with Vance in the classroom!
Party With a Purpose!
Friday March 20, 2020!!
Believe us when we say you don’t want to miss this!!!
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This week Greg Girard really drove home how understanding the Old Testament is foundational to knowing Jesus. What a blessing it was to see all of God’s story on a timeline and to begin to appreciate how the Bible is intricately woven together from cover to cover.
Only the Most High could have written this book!
“Be Still, and know that I am God.”
~ Psalm 46:10
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As you will see, our transformations are pretty great
Hope your weekend is “out of this world”!
We are so thrilled to once again have Boyd Hopkins (founder of Spoken Word Ministries) join us this week instructing “Biblical Sexuality”.
This class explores what the Bible says about sex and the way we were designed as sexual beings. We are looking at the competing views of sexuality and morality presented by the Bible and our culture. Boyd’s goal is to equip our students with a Biblical paradigm so that they can make informed choices in regard to how they will live sexually and how to speak the truth in love when they are confronted with viewpoints that contradict God’s design.
Boyd is also exploring with our students the biblical roots of sexual sin and examining how Jesus and the New Testament writers trained early believers to deal with it. Hearing testimonies from people who have gained freedom from porn addiction through this teaching is a focus in the class. We are learning how temptation works and practical methods on how to let God be your strength in the struggle.
To learn more about Spoken Word Ministries, check out the link below:
Party With a Purpose is back!
Mark your calendars and save the date: March 20, 2020!!!
Stay tuned for more details coming soon, you DON’t want to miss this event!
We are excited to open up our one-week Old Testament course (Story of God Part 1) so that anyone can come and learn alongside our Thrive students!
The course will be taught by Greg Girard who is currently serving as a CAF military Chaplain stationed in Dundurn, Saskatchewan.
Greg has his M. Div. from Heritage Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario and has written and published 2 books on the Old Testament. Greg and his wife, Mary Jane, have been married for 37 years, have 5 children and 9 (soon +2 more) grandchildren.
This course will run for 5 consecutive nights from Sunday, January 12th through Thursday, January 16th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. If you’d like to get some incredible teaching on the history of the Old Testament, Thrive at Bethany College is the place to be in January!
Cost to register is $100 + GST. You can email or phone the office to book your spot.
The course will be over a 5 day period with a total class-time of 2.5 hours each night, including a break.
Day 1. Will cover the various ways the OT is structured and how to see Biblical history within the historical context of the evidence that has been discovered.
Day 2. Will cover the history of Biblical covenants and how they intersect with our understanding of historical records and the Plan of God for the Messiah.
Day 3. Will cover the Former and Latter Prophets, the method in which God signals the initiation of these ministries and how this impacts our understanding of the ministry of Jesus and the Apostles.
Day 4. Will cover the History of Nations, how the predictions of the Prophets actually occurred, and how this confirms not only our faith in God’s Word, but also gives us a Biblical Worldview for our day.
Day 5. Will cover the three great revelations of God in history. The last session, after the break, will be open for discussion, further observations, and assignments.
We know that a high percentage of high-school students feel out of place and have a desire to belong. To have true friendship is sadly something many young people have never experienced.
Thrive offers an escape, a safe place, family.
Here you will grow.
Here you will be loved.
Here you will find that community you’ve been looking for.
A life of worship is one that “wakes up to God’s love” in day to day life and then responds with faith, gratitude and obedience.
We have enjoyed having Leanne Schellenberg join us these last two weeks in the classroom instructing “A Life Of Worship”.
The students have come to see that all the ‘stuff of life’ CAN draw them into worship as they grow in their capacity to be aware of God’s presence.
Bundle up and stay warm today!
Nate sure lights things up around here!
It truly was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Settin’ up! Final rehearsals!
It’s almost here
Another great week with Jason Duermeyer in the books!
Gettin’ Our Christmas On!
Huge announcement for the Christmas Extravaganza at Bethany College!
“Sounding Joy” will be performing live after dinner
For those of you who may not know this talented group, they are Gwen Andres, Susan Goerz, Lori Jeschke and Donna Andres. Not only will you be treated to an amazing meal and great drama, you will also be blessed by these ladies.
“Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness” – Boyd Hopkins, founder of Spoken Word Ministries.
This week Boyd Hopkins has been instructing us on how to learn to identify and break old, negative cycles of unforgiveness.
Our students have been on the journey to discovering and knowing the heart of God and how He can help us let go of anger, guilt, and self-hatred. We have been challenged to draw our strength from the presence of God.
Galatians 5:1 states that God’s intention is for us to live in freedom!
Exactly one month from today
Book your tickets before they are gone!
We are thrilled to have the very lovely Susan Goerz directing the drama for our 3rd Annual Christmas Extravaganza!
This event is coming sooner than you think so book your tickets today…you won’t want to miss out on this 5 Star Production!
To view our complete calendar year and all of the exciting stuff that’s happening around here on campus be sure to click on the link: thrivesk.com/calendar
This is how we are feeling about Ken Wiebe being back to teach another round of Apologetics!
We are loving the sunny weather…but we just can’t help but to announce the…
3rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
NOV 30TH AND DEC 1ST!
Expect the same great Christmas dinner, live music and silent auction WITH the addition of a Christmas Play directed by Susan Goerz PLUS an added Matinee Show this year!
Stay tuned…tickets will be on sale soon!!!
The “Market @ Bethany” is back!
Inquire about being a Vendor OR come on out and enjoy this great market!
One of our favorite days of the year!
Summer is over and the Thrive team is back!
Full steam ahead for this crew
Wondering what these random items have to do with each other?…
Begin The Journey Today ?
Men at Work
Only a couple more weeks until school!
Who already has their dorm room decor planned out?
We are really enjoying this week’s rental group!
This is a great time to apply online so you can join us on campus this September!
thrivesk.com/apply-form to get started.
Click on the link below and take a look at our Coarse Schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.
As usual, we have a stellar line-up!
Great opportunity to get involved with Thrive!
Our goal is for each student and staff member to be prayed for by name throughout the entire school year.
If you are able to join with us in this core part of our ministry here at Thrive, please contact us and we would be happy to give you a bit more information on this as well as who you will be assigned to pray for.
Thanks so much for your continued prayers and support for the Thrive Discipleship Program. We are excited for the year and what God will do!
We are more than excited to have Doug Berg join us this September!
Since leaving Bethany in 2000, Doug has completed a Ph.D. degree, as well as taught and administrated with Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (ACTS Campus) and more recently Columbia Bible College. He is married to Lil, with married sons and grandchildren. He is a member of Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, BC. Doug is currently serving with Multiply, in partnership with ICOMB and MBBS, on developing nonformal curriculum for emerging conferences in the global MB community.
“I am excited to be teaching with the Thrive Discipleship Program this fall and to interact with the students and staff of the program. The first module will focus on how to personally study the Bible in order to grow as a disciple. The second module will unpack the story and themes of the New
“Thrive was such a loving and welcoming community that made us students feel very encouraged in what we were doing.
The professors were amazing and I am very grateful to have been presented with many practical and personal tools to help me through different times in my life.
Also, it blew me away how much time, work, energy and love the staff gave to the program.
One of the most valuable things that I will take from Thrive is the encouragement I received about who I am in Christ and because of that I have been able to be myself – rather than being called out for what I haven’t been doing, I have been called up to a greater purpose. This is something that I want to encourage others with as I continue on!”
Team meeting aren’t always a drag
Guess the lake:
Where did our thrive students take this photo?
KAITLYN REMPEL – Female Resident Director
Kaitlyn is originally from Gretna Manitoba and is an alumnus of Steinbach Bible College where she graduated with a Christian Studies degree.
She moved to Hepburn in September 2017 to join in the work that God is doing through the THRIVE Discipleship Program. Kaitlyn has a passion to mentor and walk alongside young adults as they grow in their independence and identity. She loves to help people discover and creatively live out the purpose God has for them in His Kingdom.
In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys frequenting thrift stores or exploring the great outdoors in search of inspiration for her next creative project!
We love visiting camps!
THRIVE will be LIVE on the radio tomorrow morning at 11 am!
Tune in to the Rock 98.5 (Yorkton) and hear more about our program
You can also catch it online at www.therock985.ca
We are always up to something around here …
In case you want to know what THRIVE stands for…
Nate gettin’ right back at it!
Nate just doing his thing spreading the word about Thrive at our Alberta Camp Tour!
We are pumped about this number today.
THRIVE is COMMUNITY
We are excited to be able to host another high school graduation tomorrow!
Congratulations 2019 Graduates!
We THRIVE on the Partnerships with many great organizations!
From community events, ministry opportunities and classroom engagement, we are blessed by an amazing list of partners who help us impact the lives of our students and the people in our local communities.
Here is a growing list of some of the many amazing people and organizations that we get to work alongside here at THRIVE:
– Redberry Bible Camp
– Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan
– The Town of Hepburn
– Hepburn Before and After School Program
– Hepburn School
– Ranger Lake Bible Camp
– Sask MB Conference
– YFC Canada
– Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre
– Rivers Christian Ministry
– and many more!
Stepping into Monday like…
It’s Hepburn’s Centennial Celebration this weekend and that means lots of activity around town and on our campus!
Come celebrate with us!
When you realize that Thrive begins in 3 months!
Our Director of Ministry is working hard to get our program underway for Fall 2019!
Our campus is bustling!
Anything from weddings and reunions to retreats and sporting events…
You name it, we can host it!
Click on the links below for more info on Bethany College rentals. Better yet, pop by the college and see our amazing facility for yourself!
We would be happy to talk with you about the possibility of hosting your next function.
Large group rates are available
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO ORDER!
Support Thrive AND fill your freezer
Please contact our office with your order before it’s too late.
… it’s a Thrive thin
Mmm…can’t wait to get this on the grill!
Have you placed your order yet?
BBQ season is here and that means we are once again running our STEAK FUNDRAISER!!!
We have added to our selection this year. Along with our box of AAA 8oz steaks, you also have the option to build your own summer BBQ package!
Support Thrive AND fill your freezer!
Order deadline: Monday, June 3rd 4pm
Order pickup: Wednesday, June 12th 10am-2pm.
***Please make alternate arrangements for pick up if you are unable to come during the pick up time***
Payment: Cash, cheque or credit card.
*Payment must be made before order is placed.*
Please contact our office with your order.
Thanks in advance for supporting Thrive!
We are excited about this number today!
I will stand in awe of your creation
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”
Alumni! Favorite Thrive activity?
This awesome RD duo are heading out on break for a couple months. We appreciate them both so much and can’t wait for their return ?