Who We Are
THRIVE is a collaboration of evangelical churches within in a region who share a common belief - that we are called by God to love Him and love our neighbor. We believe that by working together our churches can accomplish far more than we can on our own. As individuals, we are your neighbors, co-workers and coffee-shop acquaintances who share your struggles with life's challenges and who strive to think less about ourselves and more about serving the needs of others - as Christ called us to do.
What is an evangelical Christian? Very simply, evangelicals submit to the authority of the
Bible and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
The term “evangelical” comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning “the good news” or the “gospel.” Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ.
Evangelicals are a vibrant and diverse group, including followers of Jesus found in many churches, denominations and nations. Our core theological convictions provide unity amid our diversity.
Historian David Bebbington provides a helpful summary of evangelical distinctives, identifying Four Primary Characteristics of evangelicalism:
Conversionism: the belief that our lives need to be transformed through a “born-again” experience and a lifelong process of following - and becoming more like - Jesus.
Activism: the expression and demonstration of the gospel in missionary and social reform efforts.
Biblicism: a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority.
Crucicentrism: an emphasis on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity.
These distinctives and theological convictions define us — not political, social or cultural trends. In fact, many evangelicals rarely use the term “evangelical” to describe themselves, focusing simply on the core convictions of the triune nature of God, the Bible, faith, Jesus, salvation, evangelism and discipleship.