Political Polarization In The American Church


In this presentation, Erik Santiago chats to Brett McCracken, Vaughn Jarrett and Donnie Griggs about the challenge of political polarization in the American church. They discuss the rise of politics as religion, the challenges of pastoring a church in this climate, divisions along age and race groups and preparing for the post election season.

Tentmaking in 2020


Newcomers to Paul’s life in the New Testament could be forgiven for believing his last name was ‘the Tentmaker’ – after ‘the Apostle’, of course. Paul is still the go-to example for balancing ministry with employment, whether for practical reasons, to relieve financial pressure on the church, or purely preference. Scripture provides plenty of other examples of balancing ministry with … Read More

A review: Empowered Children’s ministry conference for leaders and parents


The Gauteng Hub recently ran a 4-week training series for children’s ministry leaders and parents with young children. We caught up with Helga Schneider, God First Parks, who was part of the organizing team. Helga, who was the training aimed at? In 2019, we had our first children’s ministry conference for the Gauteng hub. This arose out of a need … Read More

Drive-in church a solution for lockdown restrictions


Two Advance churches in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa are pioneering a creative solution to the current COVID-19 restrictions on gathering. Hope Church (Gregory Cassim), and One City (Steve Rothquel) have hosted a couple of Drive-In Sundays in the last month. South African restrictions limit gatherings to 50 people or less and look set to be in place through the end … Read More

News summary | July

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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 couple of blogs from movement writers, a ministry toolkit for churches working in the community during COVID-19 … Read More

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 pjsmyth.com 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 pjsmyth.com 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