2018 Advance North America Conference

2018 Advance North America Conference

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11:00 AM - Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:00 PM

Location: Southlands Church, 2950 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA, Brea, CA US 92821

Join us!

Now, more than ever, the church needs leaders that last. Join us in Southern California on October 24-26th for three days of cultivating sustainable, joyful leadership in the church. Southands Church will host this 3-day event where we will gather with our Advance partners and friends from around North America to encourage each other, enjoy some great equipping and have fun. We hope to see you there!


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Below is a list of accommodation options in the area that have been suggested by the host church:

Chase Hotel & Suites - 3100 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821. $129 per night (includes breakfast) for King or Double suite. Walking distance to Southlands Church Brea. Call (714) 579-3200 and ask for the Advance NA rate or email for a reservation.

Embassy Suites - 900 E Birch St, Brea, CA 92821. Price start at $169. Breakfast included.  (714) 990-6000 or use online searches. Sites like hotel.com will offer more competitive deals. 2.5 miles from Southlands Church Brea.


  • John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA): 30-60 Minutes from Brea, Ca.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 60-120 Minutes from Brea, Ca.

Ground Transportation

We will have limited shuttle service the week of the conference to and from LAX and SNA on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you'd like shuttle service, you can purchase that on the Registration Page for $20. If you are looking to rent a vehicle, we recommend you confirm vehicle availability at the airport where you are landing before you purchase your ticket.


2018 Theme | Leaders that Last...

In an age that glorifies instantaneous results and rapid growth, it can be difficult for leaders to take the long view -- for their churches and also for their personal lives. Join us in Brea, California from October 24-26 as we consider what it takes to become not only leaders who can sprint, but also leaders who can last.

Main Session Speakers


PJ Smyth

Twenty-two years of marriage and three sons later, PJ and Ash give lead to the Advance Movement of churches. You can contact PJ at  .


Alan Frow

Alan moved to the United States from South Africa in 2007 and is currently the lead pastor of Southlands Church in Orange County, California. Alan and his wife Rynelle have spent time investing in churches, leaders and musicians for the past 20 years. Alan has pastored churches around the world and his passion for both worship and theology make him a great gift to the church!

Donnie Griggs

Donnie is the founding pastor of One Harbor Church in Morehead City, NC and the author of Small Town Jesus. Donnie is married to Jill, and is the proud father of two boys, Jedidiah Owen and Wyatt Jude.  Donnie’s passion, among other things, is to see churches in small towns and rural areas equipped and empowered to radically engage culture and make disciples. Additionally, Donnie grew up in and around salt water and continues to pray that God would give him gills. Connect with Donnie on Twitter or at www.smalltownjesus.com.


Breakout options and additional speaker bios coming soon.

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