Pastor’s Column: Purity & Pre-Decision in Relationships

Pastor Terry Parkman is the NextGen Pastor at River Valley Church. He writes about the importance of tying purity to God’s will when mentoring teenagers. He writes how compromising purity, loses a bit of who God created us to be. Pastor Terry writes about the importance of pre-decision in a dating relationship; deciding beforehand what one’s standards are, not in the midst of lust or emotion. He shares how guarding your heart begins with giving it to the One who crafted it in the first place.

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Pastor’s Column: God’s Plan for Sexual Brokenness

Pastor Peter Haas writes a pastor’s column on God’s plan for sexual brokenness. He writes “all of us have sexual brokenness. Yet, God’s plan isn’t to oppress us but set us free.” This blog also acts as a resource for various questions Substance Church has received about marriage and sexuality, along with Bible and research advice.

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Pastor’s Column: Why Small Churches Get Stuck; The 3 Changes Leaders Avoid Making

Churches of all shapes, sizes and flavors have one thing in common: they want to grow. The bigger question is: how willing are you to lead change? Growth and change are synonymous. As a ministry consultant and coach, Chad Hunt has seen many pastors sacrifice growth to keep people happy and avoid discomfort. They want results without change. Here Hunt shares three changes leaders avoid making, which can prevent church growth.

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Pastor’s Column: Geyser of Women’s Voices

Like a geyser of water finally breaking through the surface, suppressed for a variety of reasons, are the stories from brave women who have in some cases risked a lot to share their stories. Women need spaces where their voices are honored. We are all better and stronger when a variety of voices are invited to the table and honored. It helps us understand one another. To learn from one another. To step outside of ourselves and experience another’s story. To move forward in unity and love. To truly be the body of Christ.

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Pastor’s Column: Empowering Women to Use Their Gifts & Serve the Church

Ten tips to consider as a springboard for conversations in your church on how to promote healthier relationships among men and women. Pastor Amy Rowell, the Community Life Pastor at City Church in Minneapolis longs to see the Church reflecting an accurate image of who God is by how we relate with one another as men and women. Read how we can empower our sisters in Christ to use their gifts in whatever capacity they can to serve the Church.

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Pastor’s Column: Were the Three Hebrew Boys Wrong?

Rev. David Myles writes about the story of the three Hebrew boys (in Daniel 3) standing up to what they considered wrong in the face of the nationalistic, popular beliefs and practices. Rev. Myles likens the Hebrew boys’ refusal to bow and worship the golden image King Nebuchadnezzar set up, to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. In the future, under a new national leader, Rev. Myles warns it could be Christians’ religious fidelity and liberty that is being challenged based on similar arguments.
“Is it possible that what you are supporting today will be used against you in the future in a similar or same manner?”
“It might not only be kneeling in protest, but also kneeling in prayer that will be called into question,” Rev. Myles argues.

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Pastor’s Column: Prison Chaplain, Path to Restoration

Rev. Rick Chilton reveals, behind the barbed wire, the inside of God’s glorious model of prison restoration. Rev. Chilton is a high risk Minnesota Prison Chaplain working with the incarcerated Federal, State and local community focused on spiritual restoration with achieving a sustained, self-sufficient, grace-filled transition back into society.

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Pastor’s Column: Senior Facilities Chaplain

Rev. Judy Marks is a Chaplain at Senior Facilities across the Twin Cities. She leads a ministry that advocates for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of senior citizens. Judy shares why Christians can’t neglect our senior citizens, and how we can show Christ’s love through a ministry of presence.

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