Are you considering a church name change?


The Fullerton campus of Southlands Church was commissioned out from their Southlands family as an autonomous church in September this year. They begin this new season with a new name, Mercy Commons. Shawn Stewart, an industry professional and Elder in the church, lead the leadership team through the process of selecting a new name, and was kind enough to share … Read More

TBT: The pastor’s soul – Alan Frow


In today’s #TBT resource, Alan Frow speaks frankly about his own experience of the ebb and flow of ministry and its impact on his soul. Working from Psalm 42, Alan describes a process of rejuvenation, including moments of lament, interrogation of our situation, reminding our souls of what is true and God’s promise of refreshing. Duration: 33:26Note, there is a … Read More

Foundations for encouraging and guiding children’s ministry conversations and practices


The Gauteng Hub (South Africa) hosted a Children’s ministry training day in early August 2019. Nicky Fetting, who heads up the children’s ministry at Advance partner church, Stirling Baptist delivered a superb plenary session outlining a rationale and framework for fruitful ministry to the next generation. We asked her to prepare a transcript of her talk, in lieu of an … Read More

TBT: Leading, when leading is tough – Brian Barr


In today’s Throwback Thursday (#TBT) resource, we hear from Brian Barr at the Global Conference, 2017. Brian presents an honest charge to church leaders facing trying circumstances. Examining Nehemiah’s response to opposition, Brian reminds us that in tough moments it is our duty to encourage faith in others, oppose the enemy and continue the work we are called to.

In case you missed it | August

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Every month, we publish a summary newsletter of activity from in and around the Advance community. This month, we hear a bit more about Alan Frow’s new book, broken for Blessing. Common Ground Church makes its entire teaching and church management resource archive open to the movement. We see photos from leadership visits and baptisms around the world, as well … Read More

The Advance Theology Course is off to a great start


We asked Jon Marshall, course tutor, for an update on the new Advance Theology Course. Advance launched this new equipping resource at our Global Conference in May earlier this year, and we have been heartened by the remarkable uptake already!

Mission and the family of God – Iain Kennedy


Iain and Lindsay Kennedy have recently planted into the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. In this session Iain reflects on his own experience of seeing Glaswegians come to Christ. He emphasizes the significant role that Christian community, embracing a sacrificial, missional posture that reaches into the dry places, has had in reaching these new believers with the Gospel.

Grace, London

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Brief Grace London began five years ago meeting in central London. The church is marked by being very young, incredibly transient, and diverse in ethnic backgrounds. They are deeply committed to building an authentic community in a lonely city, working hard at engaging skeptics, and seeking to preach and model a radical view of discipleship in the heart of a … Read More

Common Ground Constantiaberg, Cape Town

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Brief Don and Heidi Miller, along with an excellent eldership team, give leadership to Common Ground, Constantiaberg. Since the beginning they have been meeting in a tent structure next to a beautiful vineyard, but eighteen months ago were given notice to find a new venue. They thought that they had found a perfect solution to build a permanent structure at … Read More

City Gates Church, Toronto

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Brief Led by Vic and Tanya Stander this multi cultural church is based in the Greater Toronto area. They are excited to see God use them to reach their community through their shared meeting space and church office, and have recently revamped their values and are calling their members and attendees to adopt those more deeply for the sake of … Read More