A new partner in South Wales, GodFirst Barry

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GodFirst Church Barry, a young plant into the Welsh town of the same name, officially partnered with Advance at the recent UK Conference. Rhys and Rachel Gronow give us an introduction to their fellowship and the journey to partnership with Advance. Can you give us a brief bio of the Gronow family? We are Rhys and Rachel Gronow. We live … Read More

Church planter training in South Africa

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Dave Adams has been heading up the Advance Church Planter training course in South Africa for a number of years. The group is well into its fourth cycle of training. We caught up with Dave for an update on the South African cohorts progress. Advance’s Church Planting Course (ACPC) is our best effort to create a contemporary and practical teaching … Read More

A first look at CPMP – a new church planting mentorship program for planters in under-resourced communities in South Africa

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In the last couple of years Gareth Bowley, Robert Dlamini and their team at Reconciliation Road Church have been involved in the training and equipping of church planters based in under-resourced areas – rural and urban. The team has developed a training program, which will run an extended pilot in partnership with a couple of Advance churches in South Africa … Read More

Say hello to Foundation Church, Belfast

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A number of churches were officially welcomed into partnership at the recent Advance UK Conference in Southampton. One of these is Foundation Church, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We asked David Varney to share a bit about Foundation’s story and journey to partnership. Tell us a bit about your city and the community you are based in? Belfast is the … Read More

New church plants in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Two years ago, the leadership team at Tana City Center Church, headed up by Tanteraka and Jaela Randrianjohary, started praying for an opportunity to plant two new churches into their city. “We believe that God has called His church to go where the people are and bring Christ to every neighborhood and form a new community through which His radiant … Read More

From Dar Es Salaam, with Love

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Sheshi and Trudie Kaniki planted into Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 2013. They recently ran an evangelistic campaign in their city, titled ‘Love Dar’. We caught up with Sheshi to find out more about the campaign, and the various events and activities they hosted. It is awesome to see multiple points along the way that God’s Tribe was inspired by, … Read More

An update from Steve and Jenny Norris in Tavistock

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Steve, can you remind us where you guys are based and the background to Redeemer Tavistock? Tavistock is a market town in West Devon, right in the heart of Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful regions in England. Tavistock has a population of around 13,000 people and serves a larger population of around 30,000 in the surrounding area. It is … Read More

Leading a church in the inner city of Cape Town

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Paul and Lee-Ann Maughan took the lead at Common Ground’s established city center congregation just over a year ago. Paul and Lee give us a bit of background on their move, their experience of city living and some helpful resources they have discovered to strengthen their ministry. Paul, you and Lee-Ann were part of a healthy congregation, involved and engaged … Read More

Update from Daniel and Marcia in Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Daniel and Marica planted a church into Chiang Rai, Thailand just over three years ago. Their family, originally based at Southlands Church in Southern California, have seen a remarkable amount of Kingdom advance in this short time. We asked Daniel to share some of the headlines from their last season of ministry. We think you will find it incredibly encouraging! … Read More

Are you considering a church name change?

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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 Elder in the church and Director of Strategy at PlainJoe Studios, lead the leadership team through the process of selecting a new name, and was kind enough … Read More