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.