Common Ground Langa, Cape Town

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Brief In early 2018, Ziba and Shadi Mbense planted a Common Ground congregation, into the suburb of Langa in Cape Town, South Africa. The church evolved from a discipleship group, that was started to support members of a job readiness training program run by Common Ground’s social justice arm, Common Good. Read more about the church here. Prayer points Spiritual … Read More

TBT: Genuine Relationships – Donnie Griggs


In today’s TBT resource, Donnie Griggs reminds us that one of Advance’s distinctive values is genuine relationship. He speaks of his own experience in leadership, and how the next generation must fight for these crucial connections. What will it take? Donnie walks through the real challenges, the personal postures, practices and patterns we must establish to succeed in building robust, … Read More

The Bridge Community Church, Missouri

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Brief The Bridge is a 13 year old rural church in Leadington, Missouri that is filled with faith that God can do big things in small places. The church has had the great joy of seeing God use them to reach the local community, nearby communities and even churches around the globe. Prayer points Ongoing leadership development of their next … Read More

Parkhurst Community Church, Johannesburg

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Brief Parkhurst Community Church launched in January 2013 under the leadership of Doug and Claire Fell. Parkhurst is a trendy, eclectic area that is home to a community who have largely abandoned their faith. The church has close partnerships with a local student ministry and anti human trafficking movement, and long to see greater fruit in these partnerships. Already 7 … Read More

Grace Church Truro, England

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Brief Truro is a village in the south west of England. The region is rich in natural beauty, but poor in spiritual vitality. John Wesley was a regular visitor to Cornwall and hundreds of communities were impacted by the church planting movement that he influenced. Since then, many of the lights that burned bright have gone out. Their vision is … Read More

Grace Church Cardiff

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Brief Owen and Charlotte Cottom planted Grace Church, Cardiff into Grangetown in South Cardiff, Wales in early 2018. Grangetown is a diverse community, facing a number of social challenges since the decline of the local manufacturing and coal mining industries. Prayer points Pray that many would come to faith through the opportunities that have already emerged for the church to … Read More

Jubilee Community Church, Cape Town

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Brief Jubilee Community Church adopted a small congregation in Cape Town’s city center 2 years ago. The team has witnessed a remarkable revitalization take place, as the Spirit has drawn people into this historic church community with a 143 year heritage. Prayer points Pray for new leaders to join the core team – the church recently sent a key couple … Read More

Heading back down the mountain after the Global Conference


For many the Global Conference was a high point of the year. It was a refreshing time of fellowship with friends and an opportunity to re-calibrate hearts amidst busy ministry calendars. ‘Coming down the mountain’ is often done with some hesitation after a rich time together and yet it remains the only way we can take the good things we … Read More

An update from Matt & Alli Gould in Springville, UT


Matt, can you remind us where you are located and tell us a bit about the area?Grace Bible Church is located in Springville, Utah, a small town adjacent to the city of Provo where the Mormon school Brigham Young University is located. We have been serving in Utah since 2012. What is the latest news from the Gould family?Our family … Read More

In case you missed it | June

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Every month Advance published a ranges of stories and updates on our social media channels. This is a summary of all of those items, in case you missed it! Articles this month include: recordings from the recent Global conference, a brilliant update from a historic church in the center of Cape Town, stories of churches leaning into partnership around the … Read More