Church Advance

Advancing Jesus-centered, Holy Spirit-empowered, community-transforming churches.

A number of churches in our own U.S. Alliance family face challenges that they can’t overcome without a little help. Our message to those churches is clear: we see you, we care, and we want to help!

Church Advance Overview

Mission Statement

The Alliance Church Advance Office, in partnership with C&MA districts and associations, exists to catalyze Holy Spirit-empowered churches, and equip and mobilize leaders to transform communities by:

  • Equipping ministry leaders
  • Assessing the level of church vibrancy and vitality
  • Providing consulting services for churches desiring a new ministry direction
  • Assisting churches in transitioning well between pastoral changes

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In partnership with districts and associations, we seek to establish and promote:

  • Comprehensive leadership development strategies
  • Church Advance coaches/specialists/point people
  • Individualized Church Advance engagement processes
  • Results-based accountability
  • A national disciple-making conference
  • Regional Church Advance networks


Help and Hope are Nearby

If you’re concerned that your church may be caught in relentless decline, you’re not alone—but help may be right around the corner. All across America there are healthy congregations that would love to come alongside struggling churches with tangible help toward restoration. They have the financial stability and people resources that small churches often lack to reverse the downward spiral.

For more information about these programs, contact the Church Advance Office at [email protected] or (380) 208-6029

A Healthy and Advancing Alliance Church

A healthy and advancing Alliance Church is a community of Christ-followers, living and proclaiming the gospel, empowered by the Holy Spirit, growing in their intimacy with God, multiplying disciple makers, and transforming communities everywhere.

Church Advance Ministries


PEAK Online Assessment Tool

The PEAK Profile assessment tool is designed to identify the strengths a church can build on and the opportunities for growth. PEAK fosters a culture of improvement by creating positive dialogue and common language around church development.

PEAK provides an accessible tool, grounded in Alliance values, that assesses church development according to nine essential elements. As a church grows in self-awareness and applies itself to a process of development, it is better prepared to advance the Kingdom!

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EquippingU Podcast

The EquippingU Podcast is designed to provide Alliance pastors and leaders with lively and helpful discussions related to living spiritually healthy lives while leading healthy churches. Each of these interviews will underline priorities and values vital to healthy leaders and churches. Each season will offer a wide range of topics to equip, encourage, and challenge you as a pastor or leader. Listen today on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and/or Podbean.

New EquippingU Podcast episodes are released on the 15th and 30th of every month.

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EquippingU Maximum Impact

EquippingU Maximum Impact is a three-year training track for lead pastors of churches with an average attendance of 200–900. It will feature one track for churches with 200–500 people attending and another for those with 500–900 attendees. Both tracks will include an annual training event held at one of our larger churches, supplemented by coaching cohorts. Topics will focus on what it takes for these churches to advance to the next level in their ministry impact. Pastors of our larger churches will serve as trainers and coaches.

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Fresh Start

The Fresh Start program brings local districts and healthy churches together to help revitalize ailing churches with fresh vision, renewed passion, equipped leaders, and the resources to carry out God’s Mission within their congregations, throughout their communities, and across the world.

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Church Evangelism Institute Cohort

A multi-year program in partnership with the Church Evangelism Institute of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. This program will equip lead pastors to engage in church culture change so our people can declare and demonstrate the good news of Jesus.

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Looking for resources?

Check out our resources page for additional resources and information about our ministry partners.

Want to know more?

For more information about these programs, contact the Church Advance Office.

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