The idea that inspired Thrive Church began when the Lord placed a desire in the hearts of Pastors Steve and Maureen Soto to start a church in the heart of Greenville, South Carolina. This church would be a place where people could be brought together to experience more of what God intended for their lives. Upon moving to Greenville in 2012, Pastors Steve and Maureen were new to the area and did not know anyone. However, they brought with them a vision to see people freed from the bondage of religiosity and be launched into a lifetime of deep discipleship that would lead them to a well rounded, life-long relationship with God. On September 16, 2012, the first service at Thrive Church was held with the desire to see people thrive. Since then, Thrive has been pastoring families and friends in the area and has been committed to fostering hope and desire to see God’s kingdom grow in Greenville and the surrounding communities.
With thanks to the Lord for the desire He placed in our pastors’ hearts years ago, over the last decade, our church has seen many families become restored, communities found, and lives changed. We fully believe, through God’s faithful leadership, wisdom, and grace, we will continue to grow as a church and will continue to help lead and encourage others to discover their God-given purpose, find freedom through Christ and help others thrive!”
We envision a church where…
GOD’S PRESENCE is at the center of everything we do.
The children of your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.
Psalms 102:28 NLT
GOD’S PEOPLE do life together.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 John 3:16 NLT
GOD’S PURPOSE is discovered in each member.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT
GOD’S PROCESS facilitates our Spiritual Growth.
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV
GOD’S PLAN to reach our world is fulfilled.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
structure + freedom
Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.”
Habakkuk 2:2 NLT
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
authenticity + honor
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 NIV
courage + humility
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
1 Peter 4:10
reverence + joy
Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling.
1 Chronicles 16:27
hunger + contentment
I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
creativity + clarity
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
relationship + individuality
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
stewardship + generosity
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.