Jesus meant for church to be a place where you can know that you belong and matter, that helps you make sense out of life, and where you can discover all that He made you to be. We’re a group of ordinary people walking through life together as followers of Christ. When we meet together you can come as you are for a time that is friendly and fun with great music and topics that deal with the realities of God and life. You can take it at your own pace; no one will ask for your money or make you feel out of place. Come enjoy some coffee, meet people just like you. Come experience church like you never have before.
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Conference or a district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Our passion is to see people thrive in life, to become all that God made them to be. Believing that a relationship with Jesus Christ is absolutely vital to this, our mission is to transform ordinary people into extraordinary followers of Christ. This is why Thrive exists.
We want to be the church for those people who feel like they just don’t fit anywhere else, for people who have given up on a church for one reason or another. So many times we’ve heard, “I’ve tried the church thing and I’m not into what I’ve seen.” We want people to walk away saying, “I didn’t know church could be like this!”
The vision of Thrive Church is to show people church like they’ve never seen it so that they can experience life like they’ve never imagined.
In order to realize this, we’re focusing on three key things that we desire to be: Relevant, Relational, and Revolutionary. This is what Thrive needs to look like.
We want to be relevant for the culture we find ourselves in. We will talk about issues and topics that connect with everyday life and in a way that anyone could understand. Our atmosphere will be casual (we’re the T-shirt and jeans church) and our music will push the envelope.
We aspire to be relational: we want people to come as they are and know that they will be loved and embraced “as is”. Church is not only what happens during a service it is who we are in relationship to each other and the community everyday. We will embrace a down-to-earth spiritual authenticity, one that is genuine and transparent.
We want to see revolutionary change happen in Fond du Lac, starting with our own lives. We want to be risk-taking and innovative in the effort to see people’s lives transformed by Jesus. We don’t want to just survive and hold services. We want to make a difference in the world.
Steve Bialy, Lead Pastor.
Steve Bialy has been the Lead Pastor of Thrive Church since moving to Fond du Lac from New Jersey in the fall of 2008. Steve has been married to his wife, Amanda, for nearly 20 years having met while students at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. They are blessed to have two sons, Rashawn & Isaiah, who keep life busy around the Bialy house.
In the community, the Bialy’s have served as foster parents with Fond du Lac County for four years. Through that time the Lord moved them to advocate for at risk children in our area. Steve has also volunteered in the past as chaplain for the City of Fond du Lac Police Department.
Steve actively serves in Converge Great Lakes (CGL), the movement of churches Thrive affiliates with. He is a leader within CGL in the area of church planting and coaches individuals leading new church starts. Steve and Amanda have also served on teams helping churches within CGL navigate periods of crisis.
Prior to calling Fond du Lac home, Steve has served churches in northern New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Illinois since graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 1996 with a BA in Pastoral Studies. He was ordained in 1998 and also completed a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary in 2008.