Advance hosts various conferences, some serving the Global movement and others particular regions. Every year the UK, US and African partners host a continental gathering.
In 2018, the African region hosted a 4 day event in Durban, South Africa. The first portion of the event saw lead couples gathering for 2 days together of specific input. These are really helpful times for church leaders to invest in relationships with peers, an opportunity hard to come by in the ordinary churn of busy calendars.
After a brilliant two days of brotherhood, the group moved across town to Westville, where Eldership teams and church members joined us for the conference.
The conference included great sessions from a host of Advance church leaders, including: Steve Van Rhyn, Mbonisi Malaba, Ryan Saville and Rigby Wallace. All of the conference sessions are available online in our Resources archive.
A huge priority at these events is making room for relationships to strengthen, and so meal times and coffee breaks are generous. The team from One City church did an incredible job of setting the scene for these moments.
At each conference, there is an opportunity for those gathered to give toward a continental offering. This year, funds raised have been channeled toward church planting on the continent. In a powerful moment, those who are currently leading and involved in plants on the continent were invited on stage. We are so excited about the huge number of new churches being birthed in Africa, and celebrate the faith of our brothers and sisters who have answered God’s call on their lives.
We can’t wait for Global 2019 in Cape Town, and then following that the Africa conference in 2020, hosted in Johannesburg!