November 08, 2019
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November 09, 2019

Conference Schedule


City First Church

5950 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL, 61114

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Super Early Bird

Expires 09/01/19
Individual - $49
Group (10+) - $39

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Micahn Carter
Pastor & Speaker // Together Church

Pastor Micahn Carter has been the Lead Pastor of Together Church for 13 years and is on a mission to Make It Impossible for People to Not Know Jesus. Together Church began with 50 people in roughest part of the city and is now a few thousand people in 3 locations. He is determined to use any influence he has been given to build people.

Pastor Micahn is known for his straight forward and humorous communication style. He and his wife April have been married for 18 years and have three sons: Meeks, Alijah and Dewey.

Mo Isom
Author & Speaker

Mo Isom is a New York Times Best Selling author, a nationally sought after speaker, and a faith-based blogger who is widely recognized as a powerful female voice rising up for her generation. Her unique personal story, athletic endeavors, and anointed communication skills have provided her with a platform to challenge, encourage, and equip others to live boldly, despite their circumstances. Having faced great personal tragedy—including battling an eating disorder, overcoming the suicide of her father, and surviving a horrific car accident—Mo is passionate about speaking on a wide variety of topics and is able to connect with men and women of all ages and demographics.

An All-American goalkeeper, Mo competed for the LSU Women’s Soccer team from 2008 to 2011. In her time as a Tiger, she led her team to three SEC West Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. She is the LSU All-Time Goalkeeper Record Holder (43 wins, 30 shutouts, 0.86 goals against average), as well as the #3 SEC All-Time Shutout Record Holder. Throughout her career, she trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team, was honored as National Player of the Week, honored three times as SEC Defensive Player of the Week, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays after famously scoring a 90-yard goal, and was featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces In the Crowd”, amongst many other honors. The Broadcast Journalism major was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in ‘08, ‘10 and ‘11. In 2011 she was also named LSU Living Female Athlete of the Year, a Glamour Magazine Top10 College Women Nominee, a LOWES Senior C.L.A.S.S Award Finalist, and was the first ever athlete to be crowned LSU’s Homecoming Queen. The following year she was featured on the cover of 225 Magazine and named, amongst political leaders, social activists, and influential businessmen, as a “Person To Watch” in 2012.

Mo is also the first female to ever tryout for an SEC, Division I football team. From January of 2011 to August of 2012, Mo trained with the LSU men’s football team as a place kicker. While the athletic endeavor garnered national attention—including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ESPN, CBS, and countless other television, radio, and digital platforms—Isom’s focus and passion were derived from her desire to live boldly and pursue the stirrings of her heart, no matter the odds.

While the athletic and personal accolades have been humbling acknowledgements of Mo’s driven work ethic, the highs and lows she has faced in her young life have, most importantly, shaped her into a woman of character, strength and purpose. Mo was the recipient of LSU’s Eye of the Tiger Award, as well as nationally recognized as The Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award. It is her heart to inspire hope in those who feel hopeless, encourage strength in those who feel bound by life’s circumstances, and empower this generation to live life with integrity, character, and passion.

Mo’s currently speaks to audiences across the country, as well as internationally. Her honest, captivating and thought-provoking speaking style serves to both challenge and motivate listeners. To date, she has spoken to over 300 different corporations, non-profit organizations, churches, teams and schools. Her videos and writings on her personal website ( garner millions of viewers. Mo’s first book, Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold released in August 2016 and quickly debuted as the #11 New York Times Best Seller in the Sports category. Her second book, “Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot” released in March 2018. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jeremiah Aiken, and their two daughters, Auden and Asher.

Jeremy DeWeerdt
Senior Pastor // City First Church

Jeremy DeWeerdt serves as the Senior Pastor of City First Church, a church that is focused on introducing everyone to Jesus and teaching them to follow Him. Jeremy, along with his wife, Jen, were placed in leadership of the church in April of 2007, after having been on staff at City First Church for more than 16 years in the role of Student Ministries Pastor and Founder/Director of the post-high school ministry, Rockford Master’s Commission (now City First Leadership College).

Jeremy and Jen have been married since 1995 and have three amazing sons, Caden, Connor, and Paxton.

Jon Rush
Youth Pastor // City First Church

Pastor Jon Rush has been a part of the City First family since 2010, where he met his wife, Amanda. He was hired in 2014 and has served as the Youth Pastor for the last five years.

Jon is passionate about reaching youth because that was when he found himself needing the most guidance and his local youth ministry reached out to him, forever changing his life by introducing him to a daily relationship with Jesus. He believes that youth are not just the future of the Church, but they are the Church, and he is passionate about equipping them to fulfill the unique calling on their lives.

Jon and Amanda are expecting their first child in June. They love their dog and “first child," Daryl. Jon is an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and, since he was an amateur-professional Halo player in high school, he continues to love video games, like Fortnite, to this day.


Super Early Bird

Expires 09/01/19

Individual - $49
Group (10+) - $39

Early Bird

Begins 09/02/19

Individual - $59
Group (10+) - $49


Begins 10/28/19

Individual - $69
Group (10+) - $59

At The Door

Begins 11/08/19

Individual - $79
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Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing by October 18, 2019 to qualify for a refund. A $15 processing charge will apply to each canceled registration. Registrations are transferable before October 18, 2019. To transfer your registration, call 815.639.7535.


Thrive 2018 Recap


Friday, November 8
5:00pm Registration Opens
7:00pm General Session
9:00pm House Party
11:30pm Campus Closed
Saturday, November 9
9:00am Day 2 Begins
10:00am General Session
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Breakout Sessions
2:45pm Free Flow
(Free time across Campus featuring many of the House Party Activities)
6:00pm-6:45pm Dinner
7:00pm General Session
9:00pm Dismissal

This schedule is subject to change.

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If you have any questions or would like to talk to a member of the Thrive team about bringing a group, please call or email us. We’re here to help make sure your Thrive experience is the best it can be!