Despite an increased access to biblical truth, the church of the twenty-first century continues to succumb to the wasting cancers of cultural accommodation, historical isolationism, entrepreneurialism, and imprecise doctrine. The very institution commissioned by Christ to bring the remedy of the gospel is surrendering itself to the infirmity of worldliness. This spiritual infection spreads with such deceptive influence as to be lauded as “progress". Yet, in the face of danger, the church is left with leadership which remains fixated upon seeking new and experimental methods of treatment.
There is an exploding interest on the part of true Christians committed to Scripture to develop churches that are biblically sound. In an effort to respond to this groundswell, we have expanded our efforts to include an initiative called Grace Advance. This is a ministry of Grace Church that seeks to administer God's simple prescription: "Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding" (Jer 3:15). The establishment of leaders who feel the burden to equip the people with biblical knowledge and understanding has always been the bedrock of a healthy assembly. By way of contrast, corrupt and deceptive administration is the source of instability. In Jeremiah 23:1, God pronounces a resounding denouncement upon those who mishandle His flock. "Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!"
Because many of these churches look to us for resources, Grace Church desires to serve developing churches in the body of Christ by providing leadership committed to biblical principles of ministry. Previous to Grace Advance we have not had a specific training program geared towards equipping men to be involved for the specific challenge of establishing churches. Grace Advance has faithfully been fulfilling that need.