A collection of books written by Advance partners


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Author: Jennie Pollock

Life doesn’t always go the way we hope it will. Whether it’s singleness, childlessness or some other big disappointment, it’s hard to be content when life lets us down.

For many years, author Jennie Pollock has struggled to feel content. With warmth and honesty, she answers common doubts that arise when life doesn't go the way we had hoped: Is God good? Is he enough? Is he worth it?

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Elders: Developing Elders and Revitalizing Teams

Author: PJ Smyth, Monument Church, Maryland D.C.

In Elders, PJ shares how to build healthy, happy and effective eldership teams that get the best out of the leader and the team. This book is ideal for training potential elders and revitalizing existing teams of elders.

PJ has been developing elders for many years. He has planted and led churches in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the USA, and leads the Advance Movement of churches. He is the author of Crossing the Line of Faith, Through the waters of Baptism and How the Gospel Moves from Friend to Friend. He lives in the greater Washington D.C. area with his wife Ashleigh, and three sons.

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How the Gospel moves from friend to friend

Author: PJ Smyth, Monument Church, Maryland D.C.

Every Christian believer wants to pass the gospel on to their friends and colleagues. Every church wants to mobilize their people to a lifestyle of evangelism. When it comes to sharing the gospel, inspiration is seldom the problem; innovation usually is.

In this book, PJ shares:

  • Innovative ideas for how individuals can make friends and pass the gospel on to them.
  • Strategies for how groups of friends can “fish” together as Crews.
  • Helpful tools and resources to share with those considering faith.
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Through the waters of baptism

Author: PJ Smyth, Monument Church, Maryland D.C.

Bursting out of the watery “grave” of baptism should be one of life’s most memorable moments. In this book, PJ inspires fresh significance to the remarkable visual drama of baptism. Concisely explaining what the Bible teaches, as well as talking through practicalities, this book will help:

  • Pastors prepare people for baptism
  • Churches maximize the effectiveness and celebration of baptism.
  • Candidates (and their friends and families) prepare for baptism.
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Crossing the line of faith: Exploring Christianity

Author: PJ Smyth, Monument Church, Maryland D.C.

Crossing the line of faith is a huge decision. PJ takes the reader on a short journey of someone who approaches the line of faith, then crosses it, and then takes first steps in growing as a Christian. Whether you are considering Christianity, or a new believer, or a seasoned believer who wants to revisit your foundations, this book will help you. Written in a read-and-discuss format, it is ideal for using as friends or as a small group.

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Broken for Blessing:  The underrated potential of a medium-sized multiplying church

Author: Alan Frow, Lead Elder of Southlands Church, Brea, CA

Why write a book about church planting when there are already so many good ones out there?

Because our fixation with large churches means that those under 1,000 in size generally have a vision for growth via addition rather than multiplication—despite being uniquely equipped to do so.

In the West especially, where the megachurch looms large, it is easy for small or medium-sized churches to think, “Maybe one day when I grow up and have lots of resources I'll think of multiplying, but for now, I must grow by addition.” It doesn't have to be this way.

This is the story behind Southlands Church's multiplying journey. It is the story of every small or medium-sized multiplying church. We have never felt that we’ve had enough resources to feed the crowds but we’ve wanted to be involved in Jesus’ feeding miracle. We know that ultimately Jesus, not our churches, is the Bread of Life.

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Small Town Jesus: Taking the gospel mission seriously in seemingly unimportant places

Author: Donnie Griggs, Lead Elder of One Harbor Church, Morehead City, NC

Small towns are big mission fields that are almost totally neglected by modern church planters. City ministry has become, for many, the definition of godly ministry. But what about the millions of people around the world who live in small towns? This is not just a book, it is a call to take the gospel everywhere, big or small, because that’s what Jesus told us to do.

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