Day 7 of SOAR is today and what a full week it has been!
What has been keeping everyone busy?
Well, everything from spiritual formation workshops, intercession times, worship & response to running a Family Carnival and serving at Team Ministry Assignments!
Our Thrive team is spending the week volunteering at ‘The Lighthouse’ – we pray that they would have team unity and joy in serving!
Please also join us in prayer for …
~sufficient rest for leaders, students and staff
~that teams would be filled with peace and love as they serve in their ministry assignments
~continued energy and health for all
~strength and joy for the background staff such as the cooks, cleaners and support team. They all play such a huge part in SOAR
~that God would SEAL the work that He has done and that the enemy would not be able to deceive and steal the seeds that are being planted
God is working in powerful ways and we continue to trust Him to move beyond our expectations!
What’s your dream?
Take a moment today to make plans towards that dream.
Remember that every step counts!!
The theme for this years SOAR is ‘Together’ and we look forward with anticipation to see God’s spirit of unity bind together this group in new ways.
Today is the day when community life officially starts as individuals from different groups are put into teams and begin their time as a team doing the learning tour. The learning tour starts with the blanket exercise put on by MCC and from there the teams will visit various places throughout the city and be exposed to it’s culture and people.
Please continue to pray for our Thrive students and leaders:
– unity in the new teams and safe places for friendships to grow
– willingness to push past comfort
– God’s Word would come alive for them
– That God would do more than we planned for!
Thanks again so much for your prayer support!
Not your average day of school!
It’s ?SOAR season?and the countdown is ON! Pray for our Thrive students, their leaders, the volunteers and for the communities in Saskatoon that will host our 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!
We were so lucky to be able to spend another week with Boyd Hopkins!
The students enjoyed driving to Saskatoon each day to learn from Boyd in a different setting! Thanks Cornerstone Church for hosting us
Boyd Hopkins of Spoken Word Ministries taught and challenged us this week on the important topic of Biblical Sexuality. Thanks Boyd for your challenging words. We appreciate your ministry!
Please take the time to watch the trailer below on Boyd’s new teaching series. Expect to see the finished series ready for release on March 1, 2019. This upcoming DVD offers incredible hope!
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!”
Well, we most definitely had a party with a purpose!!!
We are literally just hours away from….Party With A Purpose!!!
It may be cold outside but the roads are good, believe us when we say you will be glad you came!!!
This week as been awesome because… Mike Gordon is IN.THE.HOUSE!
(and the classroom and the dorms and van trips to S’toon and etc!!)
It’s been great living life this week with Mike!
Mike Gordon https://mike-gordon.ca/ is the Founder of Rock House Ministries and is a dynamic full time Youth Speaker. 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.
We have enjoyed getting to know Mike in the classroom, in the van on the way to school tours and just hanging out.
You too can meet Mike at Party With A Purpose this Friday at 7pm!!!
See you there
“For my Thrive ministry placement, I have been given a huge opportunity of doing a church internship. I serve at Rivers Christian Ministry in Rosthern, and over the past few months I have been blessed to be a part of this church family. I love how we worship together through singing, fervent prayer, meals, games, and encouragement to one another, and how we support one another throughout the week and continually strive as one body to love as Christ loves us.
One area God has allowed me to serve in is leading worship at the church. I have always had a heart and passion for worship, so to take my few years of training to a place of leadership and higher responsibility has developed my gifts and my confidence in what the Lord has called me to. I also teach a guitar class to the children and youth before the service, which has challenged me to pass on what God has taught me to them. That way, when my time at Thrive comes to an end, there are people who are prepared to continue the blessing of leading others in worship, both on and off-stage.
I have also been blessed to help lead both Children’s Church and Youth, two areas that I have been strongly passionate and involved in over the past few years. Being with the children brings me great joy, especially when I consider how the Lord invites us to have that same child-like joy and openness in our faith. As for the youth…I honestly have no words for how much of a impact they’ve had on me, just as I have been blessed to impact them. We have had many trips, games, hugs, laughs, and discussions that I will always treasure and praise God for. The majority of them are also refugees from Thailand, so it has been eye-opening to discover more about their culture and value the importance of family and community.
Romans 12:1 says to “give yourselves to God because of all He has done for you. Let yourselves be a living and holy sacrifice- the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.”
This ministry placement not only has given me opportunity to serve others, but has also been a way to truly worship Him through my passions, my faith, my leadership, and through everything I am. I know that even after my time here, the Lord will use both myself and my community at Rivers to further His Kingdom.”
This week has been great as we have had Jason Duermeyer teach “The Gospel For Real Life”. Jason and his wife, Melissa, began to serve God as pastor couple of Hague Gospel Church in January 2015.
Jason received his formal education from Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) and Redeemer University College (Hamilton, ON).
It’s been such a pleasure to have Jason with us!
(He’s not as crazy as he looks! )
February 1st is coming up quickly and that means one thing…
Party With A Purpose is almost here!!!
Please check out our full schedule of the night and plan to come out – you don’t want to miss this event!
Friday, February 1st:
6:30pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Event Kickoff
7:15pm – The Color Concert begins!
8:15pm – Mike Gordon to the mic
9:00pm – After Party Begins
(hot dogs, concession, lazer tag, bubble soccer,
10:15pm – FIREWORKS!
12:00am – Home time
Saturday, February 2nd:
9:00am – Brunch
Thrive roadie to the Philadelphia MB Church in Watrous!
We were thrilled to be able to come and worship together and share about how God is moving at Thrive!
Thanks so much for having us
mmm…Martha’s meals ARE.THE.BEST.
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The Thrive Discipleship Program aims to help you do that. We want to invest in and equip you, as you grow in your faith, build community and make investments into the Kingdom of God.
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We are very excited to have Vance Nelson with us this week teaching “Genesis 1-11”.
Vance is the founder of CTM in Red Deer, Alberta, creationtruthministries.org which 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.
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? This course will look at these and other origin topics in light of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. The students will learn how our faith affects how we perceive and interpret evidence!
“Thrive is such a loving community and is a community that is hard to find anywhere else.
I am now attending another bible school and it too has an awesome community; but it comes nowhere close to the love and care that I found at Thrive.
I instantly was given life long friends just because I showed up, and those relationships are so valuable to me. Along with the great community, I was given an amazing new understanding of my faith and of the bible. It has made writing papers at my new college way easier as I already have the understanding of the contents and have been taught how to write academic papers.
10/10 recommend Thrive!”
~ Marc – Alumni – Thrive Discipleship Program
Students are back on campus, and we are this excited!
Party With A Purpose is not even a month away and its going to be better than ever! Stay tuned for more details but make sure to mark your calendars because this will be an event you won’t want to miss!
Good News, Good Tunes and Good Fun.
Did we mention that it’s free?
Seeking growth and community?
Look no further than Thrive.
What a wonderful time of year to pause and invest time with family and friends as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. As I reflect on the first half of our school year I am so tempted to use this message to outline all the amazing Biblical truths this year’s group has worked through both in the classroom and the community as we seek to become whole and holy disciples of Jesus. There’s just so much to tell of God’s work in this program but yet I am compelled to put the focus directly on Jesus at a time when many other good things can so easily distract us.
The popular song Silent Night describes Jesus at the night of His birth as a “holy infant, so tender and mild”. As I listened to these words sung by a large group last week I was moved to tears to think that the one true God of the universe, the mighty Creator of ALL, took on flesh and all of its weaknesses for the sole purpose of saving His people from their sin. That our condition was so desperate and His love so great that He came down to make a way for us to be called out of darkness and into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) That our infinitely powerful and sovereign Lord would willingly be born in the likeness of men, in human form and would humble himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross. (Phil 2:7-8)
As we move through this special time of year, it is my hope that we can all be drawn into just how incredible a gift this holy, tender and mild infant really was!
Darryl Balzer, CA, CPA
Thrive Discipleship Program President
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!”
What better way to spend a cool December morning than to serve coffee and the good news to the streets of Saskatoon!
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.
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.”
(we think the pictures speak for themselves)
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!
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
The Countdown Is On…8 MORE DAYS!
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 https://www.facebook.com/BethanyCollegeSK/ 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’ www.swma.ca
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.”
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 (thrivesk.com) and clicking the Apply button
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.
WHERE: BETHANY COLLEGE
WHEN: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st 7-9 pm
(Registration starts @ 6:15)
WHO: GRADES 7-12 Girls
For more information email email@example.com
Did you know that we are already accepting applications for fall 2019?
If you are interested in hearing more about Thrive or you want to find our handy online application tab, please visit our website, thrivesk.com/apply-form.
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
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”.
Hiking at Thrive.
One of the best activities
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
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
ANNOUNCING our 2nd Annual Christmas Extravaganza!
This will be a great evening that you won’t want to miss.
Call today for tickets!
“HOW DO YOU KNOW THE BIBLE IS TRUE ???”
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!
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!
Children (5-12) $5
We can’t wait to see you here for this great event!
Great things happening here during welcome week!
We think the pictures speak for themselves about the excitement that was happening on campus yesterday!