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Why, When & How to Leave a Church – Part 3

In our previous two blog installments (Part 1 & Part 2), we talked about WHY people leave churches (statistically) and WHEN to leave a church.  But we’ve yet to discover HOW to leave a church. Of course, it’s impossible to fully address Why, When, and How to leave in a short 3-part blog series.  It’s…
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Why, When, and How to Leave a Church – Part 2

In part one of this three blog series, we covered the subject: WHY do people leave churches (statistically)?  But we’ve yet to discuss the questions: WHEN is it appropriate to switch?  And How should we make such changes? Uprooting your family at the wrong time can be a traumatic thing if God isn’t in the…
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Why When & How to Leave a Church – Part 1

Pastors like me work really hard on making it easy to join a church.  Believe it or not, since we planted Substance a little over 7 years ago, we’ve averaged around 500 new members every year.  Of course, we also tend to lose about 150 people a year due to relocation, dissatisfaction or sending (like…
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So What’s Up with Substance’s Facility Search? (an inside scoop into Substance’s multi-site future)

One of the difficult things about Substance is that we don’t have a facility large enough to do a “family meeting” …you know… the type of meeting where we talk about nickels, noses, and needs.  In fact, we don’t even have a facility where even 20% of our church could meet.  Thus, every few months, I’m…
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Help! What’s the Deal With Unknown Tongues and Prophecy?

Lately, in our series on the Supernatural, we’ve been diving into some of the stranger aspects of Christianity.  With the doctrines of unknown tongues covering eight chapters of scripture, all by itself, it’s amazing how few pastors actually address it.  As bizarre as some of those passages might be, what kind of pastor would I be if…
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Fasting Tips that will help you Enjoy our 21-day Fast

If you’ve come to Substance in the last few years, you’ll know that we start out every new year with a season of fasting.  And if you’ve never heard of the spiritual discipline of fasting before, allow me to give you a quick definition: Fasting is a process of abstaining from something for the purpose…
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Cramming for the End Times – New Teaching Series at Substance

Have you ever had questions about the end of the world?  According to Pew Research Foundation:  1 in 5 Americans believe that Christ will return in the current generation.  1 out of 8 Americans believe that something Apocalyptic will happen on Dec. 21st, 2012.  A U.S. News & World Report poll revealed that 60% of…
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4 Reasons Why Substance is Going to Rock this Fall

Early Fall at Substance is always a fun time.  Perhaps it’s because we get around 500 crazy college students back.  And to boot we always have hundreds of new people checking things out.  But here’s what REALLY gets me excited… (1).  We just launched an amazing new campus, AND made it look easy!  Seriously, we…
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Inside Scoop on our New Campus and Building Plans!

All around Substance there’s a buzz about our new Spring Lake Park campus.  Especially when we’re launching with two services right off the bat, people have been asking me a lot of questions about what I think this next year will look like in terms of growth and facility planning.  Obviously there is only so…
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A Reality Show for Fathers Day?

At Substance we’re always trying to push the envelope with our multi-media.  Of course, we may not have all the money and equipment that many mega-churches have.  But we have all the heart!  And get ready because Substance is about to experience an exciting new gem this Father’s Day. Believe it or not we filmed…
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