What is Advance?
We believe that everyone should hear the good news of Jesus and that God has called his church to make his gospel known to the world in word and deed. Advance exists to equip you to live out the gospel and make the most of every opportunity to proclaim the good news.
Is it for me?
Advance is for anyone who wants to grow in their understanding of the gospel and our role as its messengers. If your answer to the following questions is yes, then click below to find out how you can start or join an Advance Group:
FaithDo you believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has lost none of its power and is the only way by which a person can know true life and salvation?
ClarityDo you want to communicate the good news with clarity in any opportunities you have to do so?
InvitationDo you desire to offer invitation to receive the hope of the gospel, and see people move into eternal relationship with Jesus?
How Groups Work
1. Regular meeting
Monthly meetings that are treated as important diary commitments, ensuring that we take seriously the preparing of ourselves and each other for evangelism.
A commitment to studying the bible for a deeper knowledge of the gospel takes up a significant part of the session time each month, including opportunities for healthy dialogue around our understanding of the gospel and how to faithfully evangelise.
Honest self-evaluation via feedback questionnaires and open sharing within the group time is designed to help us live holy lives as we attempt to be faithful to living and sharing the gospel.
Keeping each other up to date with prayer requests, opportunities, stories of fruit and encouragement via online group messaging ensures that we are able support each other beyond group sessions as we seek to take the good news to the world.
A commitment to explore the idea of multiplication with a view to group members taking on their own group (whilst continuing on in the original group) within 12-18 months of joining. Not all who are in a group will start their own but many will, ensuring that the equipping, empowering and encouraging of those committed to evangelism will increase.
Download the free group mentoring guide
Available for free, the Advance Group Mentoring Guide contains everything you need to help you and your group develop a deeper understanding of the gospel and grow in your ability to share it with the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
No definitely not, Advance Groups is for everyone! We believe that all Christians are called to share the good news of Jesus with those they meet. So, we all need to have the opportunity to be sharpened and shaped to be better carriers of this message, not just those specifically gifted as an evangelist.
There’s nothing to pay – Advance is totally free to all members.
Copies of the Advance Group Guide can be downloaded for free online. We do know that some people prefer to have a printed copy of the guide and if that’s you, you can buy a printed copy here.
Advance is continually growing across the globe. If you can’t see a group close to you don’t worry, we can connect you with someone. For example, in some countries groups run online via Zoom or Skype. If you want to know more about this do get in touch with your local ambassador. But it may be that you could run an Advance Group yourself and you can find out more about this on our Start a Group page.
We’re constantly translating guides into new languages, so if you can’t find the language you’re looking for please do get in touch with the Advance team to chat about this.
Where possible, we would encourage Advance Groups to be made up of members of the same sex but this is not a requirement. We would however strongly encourage mixed groups to split into smaller groups of men and women when working through the accountability sections of each session.