Advance: The Resurgence of the Local Church

The Advance conference begins Thursday in Durham, N.C. Speakers include Matt Chandler, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Ed Stetzer, Eric Mason, JD Greear and more.


Christ promises to build the Church, and that no force will prevail against it. Yet, the local church has been heavily battered in battle. Sadly, churches in America are in steady decline, with over 4000 closing their doors and 500,000 members leaving each year–never to return. This is not what the Lord desires. The Apostle Paul tells us that ” . . . through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places”. The local church is called to lift-up Jesus so that all the world might see Him. The local church is called to make known the Gospel and to be the vehicle of redemption for the world. Led by local churches, Advance09 is a conference committed to the resurgence of the local church for the glory of God. Our aim is to equip attendees with the Gospel so that the local church might become all that Jesus calls it to be. At this conference, we hope to ensure that on our watch and in our time we honor Jesus and see the resurgence of the local church. Advance09 is open to anyone: pastors and lay-leaders; church members and regular-attenders. We invite you to join us in this Great Cause.

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  • Sean Chandler

    If I were to make a list of guys I don’t know who influence me, it would look an awful lot like the list of speakers at Advance 09. I could have gone to that for free. It just came at too busy a time. Just watching that video I’m thinking to myself, “Man…I wish that conference was a month earlier.”

    • Aaron

      It’s pretty much my dream line-up as far as influences are concerned, too.
      No doubt the main sessions will be online within a month, so those of us who cannot attend will be able to partake.

  • mom2olivia

    Good Stuff! May Pastors and church leaders have ears to hear!