G’day from Hillsong Australia
I’m blogging from Hillsong Church in Australia right now. And I am totally inspired. For those of you who don’t know, Hillsong is perhaps the most influential contemporary worship church of the last century. (In fact, Hillsong United has been topping the secular itunes downloads for the last few weeks). Their songs are being played…Read More →
We’re going Multi-site! Fall Vision 2009
Well the staff and I just released some juicy church information in the new document: The Substance Fall Vision 2009! As many of you know, we continue to grow. We have around 450 college students going home for summer this year…yet amazingly, we’ve filled almost every seat since they left! Naturally, even if we…Read More →
Another Star Tribune Article!
We just got more great publicity from the Star Tribune! How cool is that?! The article was on churches that market themselves through Twitter and Facebook. Of course, a photograph of me and Substance was randomly put into the article. Talk about random! People started calling me last Sunday saying: “Pastor… what a cool little…Read More →
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…Read More →
Are you an American Idol Fan?
Are you an American Idol Fan? I told myself: “Peter, you are not gonna watch that this year.” And of course, for some reason, I got sucked in again. Last year, the worship pastor of one of my mentor pastors got into the finals (remember Chris Sligh). So, of course, I had to vote. After…Read More →
Innovation in Washington D.C.
What a crazy 24 hours!I just got back from a cool event in Washington D.C.No. I didn’t go for the national day of prayer.(However, I did throw a few up while I was there).Rather, it was basically a pastor’s round-table discussing the emerging forms of 21st century Pentecostalism.But the topic itself wasn’t the coolest part.The…Read More →
Happy Birthday Carolyn
My wife and I started dating over 17 years ago!We’re celebrating her 34th birthday today.And that means, we’ve been together for more years than we’ve been apart.Isn’t that crazy?In fact, for her 17th birthday, I bought her a cassette tape of a band called “The Cure.”(And, if you don’t know what a cassette tape is,…Read More →
Our Newest Staff Member
Well Substance, I’d like you to welcome Substance’s newest pastor: “Reverend Mark Mellon” (O.K., but you don’t actually have to call him reverend). Yes, indeed, the Substance staff family is growing! And I know that hiring Mark won’t surprise hardly any of you. After all, he virtually runs all of our Sunday morning ministry teams. …Read More →
Speaking at NorthCentral’s Missional Conference
What a weekend!I hope you guys enjoyed John Bolin!Talk about a fun guy.It was also a huge blessing to me as I was preaching at NorthCentral University’s Missional Conference. I would be exhausted today if I had to preach 3 services, a leadership service, and then 3 more sessions here at the NCU conference. Today…Read More →
Work Hard. Play Hard.
What a great week it’s been! As many of you know, it’s been a bit crazy around here. We’ve been neck high in decisions over our Operation Center in Roseville! Wow! Talk about fun watching this thing become a reality! Of course, many of you also know that we recently hired a newer office administrator…Read More →