A little over 8 years ago, the Lord spoke to me that I should start preparing for a church in downtown Minneapolis. It wasn’t just a passing fancy (& trust me, I’m dreaming about a LOT of locations). But those close to me know that I’ve never stopped talking about a downtown campus ever since.
Part of it is because Substance has always attracted urbanites and young professionals. For years, my accountability group met at my friend’s loft in Loring Park. It seemed like every week, a new substance attendee would move into the very high-rise where we’d pray. Not surprisingly, almost half of our University of Northwestern campus now drives up from in or around Downtown, North East & Uptown. And when we did Saturday night services (up until recently), close to half of those attendees came out from downtown. So, the ingredients of a Substance campus have always been present; the timing, however, has always been the big question.
So starting mid-October, Substance is officially launching a campus at Aria in the North Loop! And if you haven’t seen the walk-through video, [click here]! Of course, parking will be free; and, in case you’re wondering, I will be speaking there live (with about the same frequency I do at the UNW campus.) Heck! The facility is so cool… I’m thinking about a DJ worship night???!!!
So naturally, along these lines, we are MOST DEFINITELY doing a few worship and prayer nights there starting in July. Also, many Substance attendees (who are local to the North Loop) will be hosting launch team events and parties throughout the summer. So if you’re interested in being a part of this amazing move, be sure to sign up for our downtown team [here], so we can keep you informed.
Lastly, we are hoping to launch “large” – which is why we already have over a half dozen staff devoted to this location. The facility can only handle about 600-800 people. And, because of the overwhelming interest we’ve had since our Vision Update Message, we will soon be deciding whether we should launch with 2 services. So, if you think this will be your new home, let us know as soon as possible by signing up for the team!
So be praying for these things! As our northern arena campus gets constructed, we know this is going to be a huge year for us. We will be posting updates on both of these launch processes at www.ImagineSubstance.com. So, stay in the know!
I love you guys! Let’s take the Twin Cities together!