We believe that the gospel has lost none of its power to save and that the time is right to put the lamp on a stand once again, proclaiming the good news clearly and boldly to the UK, calling all who hear to put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Advance exists to promote and develop the calling of evangelists, and is committed to the proclamation of the gospel and the support of those who proclaim.
ADVANCE grew out of a vision from evangelist Andy Hawthorne (The Message Trust) to gather twelve younger preaching evangelists around himself to develop and sharpen them. Encouraging other experienced evangelists to do-likewise, and with those being mentored eventually taking on groups of their own, the movement is growing every week to see hundreds of followers of Jesus sharpened and supported in their proclamation of the gospel.
Through monthly meetings and an annual conference, the gathered evangelists receive teaching, sharpen each other through discussion, and share openly about where they are at in their personal lives and walk with Jesus. The evangelists send email and text updates about the opportunities and engagements they have to preach the gospel, and encourage each other with the fruit from these opportunities.
The really exciting part of this initiative is that after one year in the group, each evangelist finds another twelve evangelists who they then mentor in the same way. This is about evangelists developing evangelists, to see a huge increase around the UK (and beyond) in the number of Christians who will unashamedly put the lamp on a stand, whether they have opportunities to preach from a stage, or through their daily encounters with family, friends and even strangers.
Having now begun to multiply around the UK and beyond, Advance is a direct response to the need for passionate, unashamed communicators of the gospel of Jesus Christ to be equipped, encouraged and supported in the lives they live, and the message they bring.
Five principles of the movement
1. Regular Meeting
Monthly meetings and an annual conference that are made a diary priority by all in the group.
Creating opportunity for healthy critique of each others approach to evangelism, and a commitment to studying the bible for a deeper knowledge of the gospel.
Honest self evaluation via feedback questionnaires and open sharing within the group time.
Keeping each other up to date with preaching engagements, prayer requests and stories of salvation via email and/or group text messaging.
A commitment to explore the idea of multiplication with a view to taking on your own group (whilst continuing on in the one you are part of) within 12-24 months of you joining the network.
Is it for me?
The questions below summarise the heart of Advance and who it exists to support. For example, whilst Advance believes in preaching and the support of preaching evangelists, not everyone in Advance preaches the gospel from a stage. So, if your answer to these questions is yes, then click below to find out how you can join a group…
Do you have faith that the gospel has lost none of its power, and is the only way by which a person can know true life and salvation?
Do you desire to communicate the gospel with clarity, through personal conversations or preaching from a platform?
Do you long for opportunities to offer an invitation to receive the hope of the gospel, and see people move into eternal relationship with Jesus?
What people have to say about advance
Advance has challenged me to always seek a response when I share the gospel. I don't say peoples 'no' for them anymore and I've seen authentic responses dramatically increase in the last few months.Sid
The constant stories and emails really build your faith and encourage you to push out to do more yourself.Matt
Being connected to other evangelists through Advance has helped me keep focused on sharing the gospel and given me tools to do this effectively.Tim
I'm involved in a lot of things at the moment but I can't think of anything more significant, or that sharpens me more than gathering with my group of Advance evangelists.Andy Hawthorne
'I have loved seeing some of my best friends grow in their passion for the lost, thirst for the true Gospel and boldness in preaching and seeing results. It's been a joy growing with them through the advance group'Sola
Being part of Advance has given me a deeper confidence in my understanding of the gospel and how to share it at every opportunity.Sarah