We gather on Sundays to grow together in the gospel through prayer, praise and the preaching of God's word. After Sunday, we gather in homes to develop deeper friendships with our church family and neighbors.



Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7).

If you're new to Substance, come on out and make yourself at home! Our renovated warehouse in the heart of downtown Ashland has been designed to be a casual but creative space that reflects our love for God, people and the gospel.

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And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42).

Join us on Sundays at 10am as we gather together before the Lord in prayer, praise and preaching. We provide discipleship and care every Sunday for kids in kindergarten and under. Children grades 1st-4th worship with us in our main gathering before they're released for their own time of discipleship every week except for the last Sunday of the month (Family Sunday).

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And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people
(Acts 2:46-47)

We not only value worship, but we love food and fellowship, too! At the conclusion of our Sunday gathering, we like to hang out in our cafe to enjoy brunch and some good pour-over coffee, while meeting new people and catching up with old friends.

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Listen to Sermons

If you’ve missed a Sunday or want to get a sense of our preaching style, listen to past sermons here. 



In Christ and With Community


We believe that God has called the gathered church to grow in their knowledge of God and affection for Jesus as they become sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit. We also believe that this vital investment in our spiritual growth happens most fruitfully in community with other believers. Our aim at Substance is to expand our vision of community and leadership development by providing different pathways that will help us experience growth both in Christ and with community.

Most of our Pathways break for the duration of the summer to allow for rest and reset. Check back here for more information as they start in the fall!

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Community Groups

Midweek gatherings in peoples homes where you connect with other singles and families to share a meal, pray, serve one another and receive care. 

Community Groups will begin meeting in the fall. Sign up below to join one! 

 Details for Community Groups




Growth Groups

Small groups of 2-5 men or women who gather for 8-10 week rhythms to study a book together, pray and grow with one another on a deeper level. If you want more information or would like to register for a Growth Group click below!

Growth Groups meet in Spring and Fall rhythms. The next rhythm will begin in Fall of 2023.  

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The U Collective

A twice per month hang out for young adults and college students ages 18-25 to experience close-knit fellowship and spend quality time becoming better equipped in God's word to face the challenges of early adulthood. Sign ups are not required, but if you would like more information about the next U Collective gathering click below! 

More about the U Collective



Doctrine Deeps

A once per month gathering at the Warehouse where we take a concentrated dive into the deeper doctrines of our faith. Expect an extended time of teaching with Q&A and discussion, as we grow in our understanding of important Biblical doctrines. 

Doctrine Deeps will take place the last Monday of the month beginning again in the fall of 2023. No Substance Kids classes are offered during Doctrine Deeps. 

Registration is not required for Doctrine Deeps, but if you have questions or want to know more about the next gathering click below! 

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Bible Basics

Join us upstairs every Sunday morning for a short class as we cover the foundational beliefs of our faith so that we can grow more deeply in our knowledge of the Gospel and affection for Jesus. 

Bible Basics will take place every Sunday morning from 9am-9:30am beginning in the Fall of 2023. 

Registration is not required for Bible Basics, but if you have questions or want to know more about the next gathering click below! 

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Gathers Sunday mornings at 10am 

101 South St. W.
Ashland, OH 44805

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