Don’t Miss Advance The Church 2018

To be the most helpful conference possible for the long term health of church-planting churches.

Summit Crossing Community Church, Huntsville, AL


Breakout Information


Breakout Speaker Breakout Topic/Title Breakout Description Breakout Time
Josh Howerton Essentials for Church Growth Senior Pastor Josh Howerton will download the practical, philosophical, and theological lessons The Bridge Church learned about how to grow in a healthy way as they scaled from 100 people in a school to 3,000 people across two campuses in 10 years. Issues will include identifying and eliminating hidden barriers to growth, how to build an outstanding culture, hiring / firing / staff structure, adding new services and campuses, etc. November 7 at 3pm & 5pm (Repeated)
Ted Sinn The Value in Creating a Discipleship Framework In this Breakout we will discuss how the Creation of a Discipleship Framework can help elders use their church to build disciples instead of using their members to build a church.  The local church is a necessary “institution” in the multiplication of disciples, but “institutionalization” happens when disciples are used to plant the church instead of the church being used to plant disciples.  In this breakout, participants will learn what a Discipleship Framework is, see some practical examples and begin the process of creating a Discipleship Framework for their church. November 7 at 3pm & 5pm (Repeated)
Dr. Charles Smith The (Second) Most Important Thing About You: The What, Why, and How of Leadership Development It could be argued that what you believe about leadership is the second most important thing about you. In this breakout, Charles Smith will underscore the centrality of leadership development and offer practical advice for those called to train and deploy ministry leaders. November 7 at 3pm & 5pm (Repeated)
Phil Taylor Five Systems Every Church Planter Needs In church planting, it’s important to let a lot of things develop over time, but there are a few systems that every church planter needs no matter how unstructured you are. Join me as we take a look at five systems that will help you connect and build trust with your people while maintaining some semblance of a healthy soul.  November 7 at 3pm & 5pm (Repeated)
Adam Flynt, David Thew, Rodney Wilkinson Multiplication TBA November 7 at 3pm & 5pm (Repeated)
Jay Bauman, Francisco Benfedlt, Alex Urea Church Planting in Latin America TBA November 7 at 3pm & 5pm (Repeated)
Dylan Dodson

Communications Part 1:

5 Practical Ways to use Social Media to Reach New People

Social media is a powerful tool for your church, but you may be unsure of the most effective ways your church could be taking advantage of it. In this breakout you will learn five practical tips you can integrate right away that will help you create content your people will love to follow, increase your church’s engagement online, and ultimately help you reach new people.

November 7 at 5pm
Jen Wilkin Women in Ministry TBA November 8 at 10:30am
Matthew McClure (Reliant Ministries) Fundraising & Finances for Church Planting Missional Churches and church planting present unique challenges and opportunities with their funding needs.  Does your fundraising model support the mission?  It certainly affects it.  We’ll explore the methods and models we can approach funding and fund raising with, and how they support and affect the mission of the church. The personal support raising model has withstood the test of time.  We’ll explore how this crowd-sourced approach to funding the mission is fueling church plants and missions.  We’ll also expand on the methods and models of fund raising, best practices, and how they support and affect the mission of the church. November 8 at 10:30am
Valerie Stranathan, Kirk Brown Communications Part 2 TBA November 8 at 10:30am
SC3 Administrative Assistant & The Church TBA November 8 at 10:30am
Terrence Jones Key Ingredients for Healthy Churches in Hard Places Urban ministry can be hard. The cycles of violence, fatherlessness, drugs, poverty, and hopelessness are real challenges. Yet, we serve a God who is able to do above and beyond anything we can hope or imagine. In spite of these challenges, God has already been at work in these communities and will continue to be at work long after we are gone. In the midst of the turmoil of the inner city, there is so much beauty and fertile ground. God desires to see healthy churches planted in these communities! Join Terrence Jones and journey with him to discover key ingredients from God’s word for planting healthy churches in hard places. November 8 at 10:30am
Patrick Johnson Worship Ministry TBA November 8 at 10:30am
SC3 Events TBA November 8 at 10:30am
SC3 Kids Ministry TBA November 8 at 10:30am
Tim Bice Ministry in a Rural Context TBA November 8 at 10:30am


The closest airport is Huntsville International Airport (HSV).

Summit Crossing Community Church is a 15 minute drive from HSV.

Summit Crossing Community Church

7200 Governors W

Huntsville, AL 35806


We recommend booking your room at one of the following hotels located in the Huntsville Area near Summit Crossing Community Church. You must book your hotel prior to the deadline per each hotel listed below.

Hotel Options

Element Huntsville 6810 Governors W, Huntsville, AL 35806 (256) 428-5406 $129.00 October 10 Advance the Church Conference
Hilton Garden Inn – Huntsville 4801 Governors House Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805 (256) 430-1778 $122.00 October 6 ATC
Residence Inn By Marriot Huntsville 6305 Residence Inn Rd, Huntsville, AL 35806 (256) 895-0444 $104.00, $109.00, $159.00 October 19 atcatca
Courtyard by Marriott Huntsville University 4804 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35816 (256) 837-1400 $109.00 October 24 ACTO
Home 2 Suites 7010, Cabela Dr, Huntsville, AL 35806 256-489-8166 $109.00 October 19
Hampton Inn & Suites 7010 Cabela Dr, Huntsville, AL 35806 256-489-8166 $109.00 October 19
Huntsville Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 (256) 830-2222 $109.00 October 16th

Wednesday, November 7
Registration Opens - 8:30am
Main Session 1 - 10am
Main Session 2 - 1pm
Break - 2:30pm
Seminar 1 - 3pm
Break - 4:30pm
Seminar 2 - 5pm
Thursday, November 8
Main Session 3 - 9am
Seminar 3 - 10:30
Session 4 - 1pm
Dismissal - 2:30


Our sponsors for Advance’18 will be chosen based on the value we believe they add to our event and conference attendees. We are grateful for these organizations and for the causes they represent.

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