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Digital Church 101 – From Tech Gear to Small Groups

How does Digital Church work at Substance? After COVID hit our country, we made a simple decision: “We are no longer a physical church with digital options; rather, we are a digital church with physical locations.”  To borrow a phrase from Amazon, “It takes clicks to get bricks.” But how are we reinventing ourselves? Well,…
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The Punishment of Generosity: Why People Secretly hate Mother Teresa

We love to hate healthy people, don’t we? Whenever my wife judiciously orders a salad at a restaurant, it reminds me that my triple-patty bacon burger is a heart-attack waiting to happen. And studies show that the same is true with generosity… yet, we rarely admit it. It’s no secret that most people hate greed.…
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We’re launching a 4th Location – 7 Weekend Services

We have some exciting news to share.  Substance is going to be launching a brand new campus coming up this August.  For some of you this doesn’t come as much of a shock.  After all we keep setting new attendance records at each of our locations.  But, as we announce this joyful expansion, I thought…
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Oh the Places We’ll Go

People at Substance are always asking me:  “Peter, where did you fly this last week?”  And I love to talk about it because:  Much of the coolest ministry that Substance does happens outside of the Twin Cities.  And even though this fruit isn’t as visible as the stuff that happens locally, it’s nonetheless powerful to…
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Substance is Launching World-changing Software

As many of you know, Jeff Zaugg and his wife Michelle (on our elder-board) have been hanging out at Substance for quite some time.  And like everyone who’s been with us since the beginning, he’s heard me endlessly rant about the power of Christian friendships.  After all, (here I go again) the single greatest statistical…
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Substance: One of the Fastest Growing Churches in US!

Based on the investigation of Lifeway research [linked below], Outreach magazine recently reported that Substance is officially one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S.!  Way to go Substance!  Officially, we’re number 8 in terms of national growth percentages, and number 21 in terms of overall numbers. (Go God!)  Especially as we hit our…
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Our 1st Financial Magazine!

“Oh no you didn’t.”  Oh yes we did!   Substance just finished it’s very first vision and financial update magazine. I realize that it might not be that exciting to you. But it’s just that most churches give such small reports (thus, nobody cares).  Or just as sad, many churches give out these complicated profit and loss…
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A Monday Morning Devotional For Tired Leaders

   I cry when I watch NFL films.  I know it’s a strange confession… especially for an artsy alternative boy like myself.  Both in high-school and college I was the “extreme-sports-only” guy.  But, NFL films make everything so climactic.  And, let’s be honest, NFL films aren’t necessarily about football.  They’re about normal people with huge…
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Jesus, Peter Haas, & Craig Groeschel

  Well, I got to live out a dream of sorts.  As many of you know, I’m a big Craig Groeschel fan.  And if you don’t know who he is, well… he’s the pastor of the amazing and innovative lifechurch.tv.  He’s a younger guy (40’s) yet they already have a bazillion campuses.  Seriously, this guy…
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Teaching Church Planters! Yay!

  Wow, I just got to do one of the coolest things yesterday.  In case you didn’t know, we belong to one of the most amazing church organizations called the Association of Related Churches. (ARC).   Yesterday was a national “C.P.R.” Church Planters Roundtable where people fly in from all across the country to learn about…
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