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 much I can share from the pulpit. Especially after our last Catalyst offering, people have been asking me: Where might our permanent facility be? Are we building from scratch, etc. So, I actually spent a couple days addressing a huge number of questions. (Hopefully it will satisfy all of you super-curious folks).
So, first of all, I want to point you to my “Facility F.A.Q.” Page which I’ve linked right [here]. In this essay, I’ve essentially answered the following questions: Where is it gonna be? Are we building from scratch? Are we retrofitting an existing building? How big? How small? How much will it cost? What’s your view on debt? Could this building mess up our church culture, etc. Truth be told, you’ll quickly find out that we have more questions than answers; but, at the very least, you’ll totally understand why.
Secondly, I realize that there are a lot of people who get a little bit spooked whenever they hear about a church doing a “building project.” A lot of people tell me that their church “changed” in a negative way. However these circumstances are usually amazingly predictable. And for those who missed it… I actually preached an entire message at one of our “Deeper services” on how church facilities have helped churches (as well as wrecked churches) over the centuries, called, “A Theology of Bricks and Mortar.” [Linked Here] If you’ve ever been worried about how a facility might negatively affect Substance, this is a MUST-watch message. But get ready: It’s pretty deep!
Lastly, for those of you who missed the last message I gave updating our facility situation – (last March) click here… Or for those of you who are more interested in Substance’s financials, [click here]. We’re actually in the middle of producing a whole new financial magazine for you!
But here’s the deal: As Substance’s momentum increases, I need every one of you to stay in touch. It really blesses me when people take the time to read the information (as it’s getting more and more complicated to recap the same info for everyone). In the meantime, keep praying for us with these Catalyst offerings. You can still give if you haven’t had the chance. Seriously, every dollar makes a HUGE difference.
In the meantime, I LOVE you guys. Stay connected with God! He’s on the Move.