Did you know that applying for Thrive is as easy as 1-2-3?

1. Visit our fancy new website
2. Click the “Apply Now” link
3. Fill out and submit your form


Check out a testimonial that we recently received from parents who believe in Thrive and what God is doing here:

“We were a bit nervous about sending our daughter to a small school with a new program. But we believed in the vision and leadership of Thrive and our daughter was excited to go.

Many young adults are ill prepared for life and not firm in their beliefs. We see young Christians who are compromising what they believe or falling away. We feel that this program is an important option for all young people to develop and strengthen their faith before they go out and face the secular world with its pressures and monotony. Our goal as parents of young adult children is to see them be stretched and solidified in their relationship with God. We have definitely seen both of these things happening in our daughter this year.

We all know that Post Secondary Education is expensive. For many it is a factor in choosing not to go to a Christian program. It was definitely a concern of ours. There’s many excellent programs to choose from nowadays but at only $10,000 total, including an 8 month program, room, board, books, classes and experiences, Thrive is considerably more affordable than most other programs out there.

We could touch on many aspects about this program but one thing we have appreciated is the way that Thrive has opened a few doors of ministry opportunity that our daughter had a heart for. The ‘Ministry Placement’ has given our daughter opportunity to minister in specific ways that she is passionate about, thus building her confidence and giving her experience in an area she is interested in. She is learning the value of ministering in her own culture.
We often think that our children have to go to a different culture to experience God in a new or significant way. But He is a God who meets people who earnestly seek Him, regardless of location!”
#thrivetestimonials #livemovebe #postsecondaryeducation #thrivesk


What better way to spend a cool December morning than to serve coffee and the good news to the streets of Saskatoon!
#servanthood #coffeeandhotchocolate #warmupsaskatoon #goodnews#thrivesk2018 #LIVEMOVEBE


Students have been focusing on “A Life of Worship” over these last 2 weeks with Leanne Schellenberg.

From bread baking to personal reflection to praying in color, living a life of worship is so much more than what we often think it is!

Thank you Leanne for the time and passion you put into instructing this class. Our students have come to see that all the ‘stuff of life’ can draw them into worship as they grow their capacity to be aware of God’s presence.
#lifeofworship #breadcoloringandreflection #awareofgodspresence#thrivesk2018


Discipleship is a balance of learning and applying. At Thrive we want to provide space for our students to live out what they are learning about in the classroom…take some time to read about Emily’s ministry placements and how they have impacted her already this year:

“My first ministry placement is leading a bible study for Jr.Youth girls. God laid it on my heart that this was a need in this community as girls this age are a passion of mine. I desire to pour into them so that they can have tools and each other to go through the rest of high school with. I know how important this is because I didn’t have this.
When I was this age, I wanted to have an older girl who could be my mentor and have friendships that were rooted in Christ to help me through my teen years. But knowing what I missed, I am so honored to help these girls through that. They are a joy to be around every week and I can see God working in their hearts after a short time.

My second ministry placement is at the Pregnancy Options Center. This is a place that offers women (that are in a pregnancy crisis) options other than abortion, post abortion counselling, free pregnancy testing, counselling after their baby is born and so much more. This is a place filled with godly staff who want to pour into women who don’t think that there is a way out. 
This is another passion of mine and I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to see God work through this place and the women that come to us.”
#ministryplacements #learningandapplying #discipleship


Our Thrive Christmas Extravaganza was a huge success!











(we think the pictures speak for themselves)
#christmasextravaganza2018 #ourvolulnteersareawesome
#seeyounextyear #christmasatthrive #arentyougladyoucame


Turkeys are thawing.
Musicians are practicing.
Decor is collecting.
Phil is preparing.
Silent Auction Table is filling.

All of these things will be sure to add up to a great evening that you won’t want to miss!

Call our office today and purchase your tickets!
#thriveextravaganza #christmasatthrive #3moresleeps #buyyourticket


Southern Alberta Bible Camp is where it’s at!
Our students and rd’s just returned from 5 days of serving at this camp during a Sr.High Youth retreat. Our Thrive group rolled up their sleeves and embraced the chance to serve and show God’s love, even if it meant spending hours in the dish pit 

Another important part of this time away was rest.
Resting in God, resting in His Word, rest from media, rest from distraction.

“My peace I leave with you. My peace I give you.”
~ John 14:27

#sabc #timeaway #wewashedalotofdishes #allabovemeconcertselfie#sunsetsandlakes #rest #thrivesk2018



The Countdown Is On…8 MORE DAYS!
#8moredays #thriveextravaganza #haveyouboughtyourticket


AND THE WINNER IS……….Brenda Fyson!

Congratulations Brenda – just call or email our office to claim your 4 free tickets to our Christmas Extravaganza!
For those of you who didn’t win, it’s not too late to purchase your tickets!

Want the chance to win something pretty great?

Go on our Facebook Page and ‘like and tag 3 friends’ for your chance to WIN 4 TICKETS to our THRIVE Christmas Extravaganza on Dec 1st!

The winning name will be randomly drawn and announced on FB – contest closes Monday Nov 19th at noon…and go!

Reading week is over and that has meant back to the classroom – joining us this week is Boyd Hopkins!

Rev.Boyd Hopkins M.Div. is the founder of ‘Spoken Word Ministries Association’
He is the author of “Yes, Lord – A Surrendered Life Devotional” and “Freedom Through Forgiveness”.

Boyd is also an ordained minister, and has been speaking, researching and writing for 20+ years in North America and overseas. Boyd has a heart to see the evangelism of the lost, the redemption of the fallen and to see everyday believers living in the freedom and power of God.

We are thrilled that he is at our campus this week teaching “Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness.”

#backtoclass #aweekwithboyd #forgiveness #thrivesk #livemovebe

Mark your calendars for yet another great event coming to Bethany College!
All Above Me is a ministry that encourages youth and young adults to turn to Christ. The band consists of 3 normal people who have experienced the same normal issues as everyone else, and they are now using their musical talents to share their message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.

WHAT: All Above Me – Live In Concert
WHEN: Thursday November 22nd 
WHERE: Bethany College at 7:30pm
WHO: If you like listening to Christian Rock, Worship, Testimonies and Messages of Hope – this event is for you!

Thrive was excited to be at TCU Place this past week at the ‘See Your Future’ education and career fair!
We had lots of engaging conversations and always love the opportunity to talk to others about Thrive!

That being said…we are very excited to announce that we have our first applicant for 2019…and you could be number 2!

Applications are ready to be filled out. It’s as easy as visiting our website ( and clicking the Apply button 

Come THRIVE with us and invest in your relationship with Jesus. There is no greater investment than the Kingdom of God  
#seeyourfuture #welovecareerfairs #worthit #thrivesk #LiveMoveBe#jumpforjoy

To say we are excited about this is an understatement!

Come on out to our 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza 
Be prepared for a full evening of entertainment, delicious food and a fun silent auction…just a great way to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season together!

Call or email for tickets. Don’t wait too long!

Are you a business owner? Are you in a leadership role? Do you have a desire to work alongside your co workers more effectively? Do you want to keep learning about growth and team work? Then check this out…

We have an exciting EntreLeadership Live Stream Event happening here on campus, Friday November 9th at 9:30am – 5pm!

Learn lessons from top leaders and leave with actionable steps to sharpen your leadership skills and grow your organization.
Great speakers such as Dave Ramsey, Scott Harrison and Chris Hogan will share knowledge and tactics to give you and your business the edge in a market that’s constantly changing.

Cost is $25/person which includes a full day seminar plus lunch and coffee from our kitchen.
Hope to see you here!

Beautiful Unique Girl presents the Live ‘I AM’ Event!
Join host Kaylyn Holmes as she uses music, activities and teaching to help girls take the negative things they believe about themselves and replace them with the beautiful things God sees in them.

(Registration starts @ 6:15)
WHO: GRADES 7-12 Girls

For more information email
#bugirl #iamevent #thrivehappenings #thrivesk

Did you know that we are already accepting applications for fall 2019?
True story!

If you are interested in hearing more about Thrive or you want to find our handy online application tab, please visit our website,
Give us a call or come visit as well – a conversation about Thrive equals a free coffee or meal for you!

Lots of good reasons to check us out 

#thrivesk #applytoday #checkoutourwebsite #itseasytoapply#livemovebe

Just a reminder to make your way out to our campus this weekend if you can!
Come cheer on our Sr.Hepburn Hawk teams as they compete in their home tournament PLUS take in the “Market at Bethany” and maybe even do some early Christmas shopping!


Great things happening here

We want to encourage you to come out tonight to our FINAL Apologetics class with Ken Wiebe.

Whether you have come for all of the sessions, just a couple or none at all – come tonight at 7pm! You won’t want to miss this powerful wrap up session as Ken tackles “Who Is Jesus” & “The Minimal Facts Argument”.
#apologeticswithkenwiebe #bringyourusb #seeyoutonight#youdontwanttomissthisone #thrivesk #livemovebe

Hiking at Thrive.

One of the best activities
#andahikingwewillgo #thrivesk #thriveiscommunity #fall2018#applytoday #checkusoutonline

Are you graduating this year?
Are you looking into options for next fall?
Have you checked out the THRIVE website yet?

We are already accepting applications for next year and we would love to have a conversation with you!
A conversation about Thrive equals a free coffee or meal for you! It also equals a great conversation about being a disciple for Jesus Christ 
Check out our website for contact info plus more details about the Thrive program!

Our campus continues to be a happenin’ place!
Check out what’s filling up our calendar…better yet, come on out to any or all of these great events! We would love to have you here!

TONIGHT: Apologetics with Ken Wiebe 7pm
Tonight’s topic: “Consciousness & The Soul” 
“Science and God”

OCT 18 – “Cartoons & Cool Tunes – The Tour” 7pm
Tickets on sale online or at the door!

OCT 22&29 – Community Pickle Ball 7pm
Learn a fun new sport!

OCT 24 – Apologetics with Ken Wiebe 7pm
(Final Class)

OCT 26-27 – Sr. Volleyball Home Tournament
Come and cheer on our Hepburn Hawks!

OCT 27 – Hepburn ‘Market at Bethany’ 10am-3pm
Support local vendors and start your Christmas
#thriveiscommunity #lotshappeninghere #welovekenconcertsandvball#thrive #hepburn #livemovebe #fall2018

We are so glad to have Allan Friesen back on campus and in our classroom teaching “The Story of God Part 1”. 
Our students sure have enjoyed walking through the Old Testament!
#weloveourprofs #oldtestament #welcomebackallanfriesen #fall2018#thrive

ANNOUNCING our 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza!
This will be a great evening that you won’t want to miss.

Call today for tickets!


Come to Bethany Campus at 7pm tonight to hear Ken Wiebe tackle this question and equip you at the same time.

You won’t want to miss this!

It is a joy to watch our students live out their faith outside of the classroom in practical ways…and this week is all about that!

This week our students and RD’s are on the move by serving in 4 different churches on 4 different days!

They have been busy with everything from childcare to cleaning toys, vacuuming to general service projects…and having just a bit of fun while doing it.

“For in HIM we LIVE, MOVE and BE!”

Our calendar for the year is filling up fast and not just with our Thrive Program!

Our campus is a busy place filled with everything from weekly volleyball practices to the busy after school program…we also should mention the various overnight rental groups filling our dorms and the weddings we are blessed to host!

What we love about all of these different groups is how they all fit within our Thrive Program and ultimately, building God’s kingdom together as community!


We have been blessed to have Stephanie Christianson join us for the first 2 weeks of classes teaching “The Story of God Part 2 – New Testament” to our students.

Stephanie has also been going through the intertestamental period showing how each smaller story links to one another and how it connects with the greater story of God!


Check out our website to learn more about Stephanie, our courses and our upcoming profs!

#storyofgodpart2 #newtestamentclass #welovetolearn #thriveatbethany#checkoutourwebsitetoday #fall2018

We are on the verge of welcoming the finest Apologist in the prairies to our college, Ken Wiebe. We’d like to personally extend an invitation for you to join in this class with our Thrive students.

This class will be running on Wednesday evenings for 5 consecutive weeks beginning on September 26th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on Bethany Campus. We would love to see you attend all or any one of these classes so we are making it available for a free will offering!

We’re sure you’ll be glad you came!

We are excited about this!!!
Mark your calendars and plan to come out to Bethany Campus on Thursday, October 18th for some “Cartoons” and “Cool Tunes”.

This is a family friendly concert featuring Jordan St. Cyr – Jordan is an up and coming Christian artist with great music!

This event also gives you an opportunity to check out what Square 1 World Media is all about!
Adults $10
Children (5-12) $5

We can’t wait to see you here for this great event!

Great things happening here during welcome week!

#welcomeweek #fall2018 #dayattheriver #considerthrive#stillnottoolatetoapply #thriveatbethany #livemovebe

We think the pictures speak for themselves about the excitement that was happening on campus yesterday!

Lots of planning and organizing as we gear up for our THRIVE kickoff is happening in this RD office today!

These 2 can’t wait for Sunday

…and look who’s back!
#summersoverandmarthasback #menuplanning #goodeatinhere #fall2018#mmmmartha


13 More Sleeps!
#Sept9 #firstdayofschool #yupwearecountingdown#nottoolatetooapply #canyoutellweareexcited#thriveatbethany

 Final week of camp tours!!!
#camptours #rangerlake #westbank #welovecamp #bryanonthemove#thriveatbethany #livemovebe

In partnership with Square One World Media, THRIVE will be hosting an awesome, family friendly event on Bethany Campus. Join us on October 18th for a fun night of great music, and a sneak peak at a great video project called “Micah’s Super Vlog”.

“The creative team behind Micah’s Super Vlog has assembled a fun and quirky cast of memorable characters and relatable situations. While the show strives to deliver witty comedy, fun and adventure, it also provides relevant teaching on a variety of subjects as Micah confronts issues such as bullying, loving your neighbour, loving your enemies, forgiveness and friendship. ”

It’s going to be a great evening and we hope to see you here on October 18th!

We are excited to introduce to you our newest team member, Nate Hastie. Nate will be moving to the Bethany Campus beginning of September to fill the important role of Male Resident Director.
Nate comes to us from Langley BC where he has been very involved with Youth, Young Adults and Worship Ministries as a volunteer and intern. He attended Tauernhof Bible School in Austria six years ago. Since then, Nate has pursued further studies to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies and a Diploma in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College. Nate recognizes the value of being a vessel that God uses to help people better encounter Him. Whether this is through mentoring, worship or teaching, he wants to help people better understand God, who they are and their relationship to Him.

Nate enjoys leading worship, coffee and going on adventures! He recently came back from a missions trip to Thailand where he taught English and worked with kids. Nate has a passion for the church to thrive on a local and global scale and is excited to be a part of it here at THRIVE!

#meetournewestteammember #fall2018 #septcantcomesoonenough#thriveatbethany

In case you are still considering Thrive this fall, it would be worth your time to check out our testimonial page on our website!

“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. 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!”

Hello Friends of Thrive,

Back by popular demand we are launching another Steak Fundraiser for the Thrive Program at Bethany College. Just like last time, we have the ever popular 8 oz Strip Loin available at $120.00 for a case of 20 steaks. PLUS we’re stepping it up a notch by offering a more premium cut as a second option. Say hello to the 6 oz AAA cut Top Sirloin Baseball Steak! These guys are a full 1 inch thick and come in cases of 30 steaks available to you for $150.00. That’s a cost of $5/steak which you won’t find anywhere else! Keep in mind these are the same steaks that high end restaurants offer for $30-$40 per plate. Both of these options come in cases that contain individually sealed frozen steaks making it easy to cook in any quantity you like.

We are taking orders now until Monday, August 13th. You can place your order by calling 306-947-2175, texting 306-292-7349 or emailing Orders must be paid for prior to August 13th and we accept all forms of payment. Pick up will be August 21st and August 22nd.

If you missed out on our first offering, you won’t want to let this opportunity slip away like the summer. Order now so you have them on your BBQ by August 21st.

Thanks for your continued support of the Thrive Discipleship Program!

We are excited to announce that James Penner and Mike Newson are next up on our teaching lineup!

James Penner LOVES to connect WITH the millennial generation – his students, employees & fellow church goers. James and his wife, Claire, presently run James Penner and Associates, a national research firm that focuses on positive youth development and millennial mentorship. He is the adjunct assistant Sociology of Youth professor at the University of Lethbridge and the Youth Culture professor at Bethany College. James is also the coauthor of four books including Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Canadian Young Adults are Leaving, Staying and Returning To Church, Consuming Youth: Leading Teens Through Consumer Culture and 10 Things We All Need To Know About Canada’s Teens: That IS If We Care About Them. James is a passionate follower of Jesus, a former public school teacher, 20-year Intervarsity high school/college campus worker and proud father of two young adult children, Elya and Erick. He is married to his soul mate and best friend Claire – an innovative youth worker and millennial mentor in her own right. James especially enjoys his family, his local Mennonite Brethren church (College Drive Community Church in Lethbridge), playing board games, making cappuccinos and hanging out in silence with the sisters at Martha Retreat Center.

Mike Newson was born and raised in Regina, SK. He received his Bachelor of Religious Education from Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University) and is an ordained pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, serving as an Alliance pastor for 27 years in B.C. and Saskatoon. He has been in Saskatoon for 17 years serving at Lawson Heights Alliance Church. Mike’s personal ministry re-focusing, has led him to gain a mentorship with Mike Breen of 3DM Ministries and within the last two years, Mike has become a T4T practitioner leading his church to become a church that multiplies disciples.

For more information on these professors and the courses they are teaching please click on the link:

#meetourprofs #fall2018 #thriveatbethany #livemovebe#checkoutourwebsite #applytoday

We interrupt our professor introductions to bring you an important announcement……if you haven’t watched our new and improved Thrive video yet…check it out now and see what “Life At Thrive” is all about! 🙂

Click on the link to watch our video:



#lifeatthrive #thrivevideo #checkoutourvideo #thriveatbethany#livemovebe #hepburn

#fall2018 #applytodayonline

Help us welcome Leanne Schellenberg and Ken Wiebe to our teaching team!
Having spent most of her growing up and adult years in BC, Leanne, her husband and two children have settled into Saskatchewan living, making their home in Hepburn, just down the street from the Thrive campus.
Leanne is passionate about Spiritual formation and has come to believe that it is the stuff of our day-to-day lives that awakens us to God’s presence and His transforming work in and through us. Her education includes an Associate of Arts in Theology from Briercrest College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation from Carey Theological College.
These days, she puts her hands to being a Home Maker, a Bread Baker, a Leader and Developer of various discipleship groups/materials, a Contemplative Retreat/Staff Development Workshop Leader, a Mentor and a Spiritual Director.

Ken Wiebe grew up near Saskatoon and has always attended church somewhere in the city.
Ken has a BSC from Cal State University Fresno where he played baseball for several years and was drafted by the NY Yankees! More importantly, this is where he also met his wife, Tanya. They have been married for 37 years and have two daughters, two sons-in-law and 4 grandchildren.
Ken has been involved in Christian education for the last thirty years, and most of his work these days is centered on the study of Christian Apologetics. In 2014, he opened a Reasonable Faith chapter here in Saskatoon and in 2015 Ken received his Certificate of Christian Apologetics from Biola University in Southern California. He has taught in various churches here in Saskatoon (Forest Grove CC, Elim, Circle Drive, Hope Fellowship) on several occasions, and for the last three years Ken has been speaking regularly at the U of S campus in cooperation with Power to Change ministries.
Along with his dedicating his life to speaking, Ken’s mission is to work in God’s kingdom by equipping this generation to defend their faith in a reasonable and respectful manner.

For more information on these professors and the courses they are teaching please click on the link:

#meetourprofs #fall2018 #thriveatbethany #livemovebe#checkoutourwebsite


Our next professor introduction features Jason Duermeyer and the returning, Mike Gordon!

Jason and his wife, Melissa, began to serve God as members of Hague Gospel Church in January 2015. Jason is passionate about seeing God’s people grow towards full maturity in Christ, especially through prayer and the expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Thess.5:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). He longs to see God’s people grow in intimacy with Christ, especially by being “doers of the Word,” by persevering in fellowship with God’s people, and by learning how to be more faithful “ambassadors of reconciliation” in Hague and beyond (James 1:22; Heb. 10:24-25; 2 Cor. 5:16-21). Jason received his formal education from Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) and Redeemer University College (Hamilton, ON). He and Melissa have been married since 2011 and so far, have been blessed with the gift of one-year old daughter Hannah, and a second daughter due in summer 2018.

Mike Gordon is the Founder of Rock House Ministries and is a dynamic full time Youth Speaker. In 2004, Mike dropped out of school where he was studying business to pursue a life in ministry. He eventually received his Bachelor in Theology as well as receiving his ordination as a pastor. In 2012, he moved from his pastoral commitments to chase after his calling and dream of speaking full time. He has had the privilege of teaming up with many different speakers and bands such as Nick Vujicic, Tony Campolo, Lecrae, Toby Mac and many more. Mike`s ministry has already become one of the largest young professional ministries in this country. His passion to speak is fueled by his love for Jesus and his love for people. He recognizes that having a speaking platform opens doors for him to connect with people on a more personal level.

For more information on these professors and the courses they are teaching please click on the link:

#meetourprofs #fall2018 #thriveatbethany #livemovebe