Planting in Santa Ana, SoCal


Jon and Kimberly Marshall are heading up Southlands’ new plant in Southern California. Jon sent us a quick update on their progress. Southlands is starting a new congregation in a culturally and socio-economically diverse part of Southern California. It has about 10 major languages spoken by a significant portion of the populace. It has witnessed very significant revival in the … Read More

6 Books Advance leaders are reading at the moment


We asked a couple of Advance leaders from around the world what they are reading at the moment, here are their recommendations… PJ Smyth – Monument Church, United States The Man God Uses, by Oswald J. Smith This is old school. A classic. It’s one of those “read once a year” books. It bangs one nail in from different angles: … Read More

Responding to the Coronavirus season in smaller church contexts


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We reached out to some of our partners leading smaller congregations through this Coronavirus season for insight into their approach to discipleship and care. We trust you will be encouraged by their wisdom, healthy expectations, simple communication strategies and focus on keeping first things first. Responses from Ben Franks (Hope Church Rhondda, Wales), Owen Cottom (Grace Cardiff, Wales) and David … Read More

Pastors: The Importance of Being Absent

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This blog was originally published on One of the blessings of Corona isolation is that it is helping pastors wean themselves off their need to be needed, and wean people off their over-dependence on pastors. When a more conventional form of church resumes, make sure you don’t slip back into bad habits. There is a spectrum of how people … Read More

The unique pressure of being a pastor

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This blog was originally published on Earlier this week, a well-known American pastor took his life (official cause of death still pending).. I knew him a little, some of my friends knew him well, and so many have received so much from his ministry. My sincere condolences to his dear family and friends. I profess no insight into what … Read More

Courage and Comfort


Pastor PJ Smyth

For the first time, partner churches around the world will be simultaneously screening a message from PJ Smyth as part of their Sunday presentations and mid-week gatherings.

Notice: Cancellation of Advance Africa Conference


It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the Advance Africa Conference taking place in Johannesburg next week. We have, in consultation with those high up in the medical profession, considered and weighed the input and believe that it is the wise and kind decision to cancel. We do this with a heavy heart as we are … Read More

News summary | February

AdvanceIn case you missed it

Every month Advance publishes a range of interesting articles on our blog and social media channels. We pull together a summary at month end and send it to your inbox, incase you missed it. This month we feature some great pieces, including: a phenomeonal update from Chiang Rai Thailand; The 2019 Annual Review; introductions to new Advance churches and a … Read More

Annual review 2019


At the end of every year the Advance communications team puts together a summary of news and updates from around the Advance world. This year is no exception, and we are very excited to launch the 2019 Annual Review. The review includes: A letter from PJ Smyth, on behalf of the Global team Photos, video and audio resources from Advance … Read More

Erik’s first 100 days in office


Erik Santiago was appointed as Advance’s director of operations in the fourth quarter of 2019. Since then he has traveled to a number of Advance gatherings, including the Global conference in Cape Town, to connect with church leaders in our movement. He shares a bit of background to his journey with Advance and his perspectives on our partnership. There is … Read More