Fall 2015 Church Planter’s Summit

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Thursday, October 22
Centerville, Utah
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Be encouraged and learn from God’s activity in Utah and around the world.

At this fall’s Summit, a dynamic team of presenters will help us discover what God is up to in Utah and around the world! Regional pastors & national church planting leaders who love Utah will share kingdom stories. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from each other, build relationships, and pray.  Please pass this along to any Utah pastor you know!

Location: The Bridge Community, 260 E. Pages LaneCenterville, UT 84014.
Cost $10 per person. (This fee covers lunch and refreshments).
Child care is provided free.
Please REGISTER using the form below.




  • What’s God up to in Utah Church Planters?  A panel of pastors leading newer church plants.
  • What’s God up to in Utah? A panel of veteran pastors reveal historical movement and current trends in doing ministry for the long haul in Utah.
  • What’s God up to in the USA & the world?  A panel of national leaders will share current trends in Church planting from a global perspective.

YOUR STORY LUNCH (12:30 – 1:30PM)

Come prepared to share around the table your latest success & latest setback.  Your story matters to God’s Kingdom!


  • Double Your Kingdom Impact: Learn how Intentional Churches can help you double your impact in the next year.  Discover how to get on the ground level of IC Utah, and hear about some special one-time discounted offers for Utah church plants. Bart Rendel & Dave Elshaug
  • Kingdom Collaboration: Discover how Utah Churches can work together to plant more churches. Get in on this ground breaking idea. Dave Nelson, Nick Boring
  • Kingdom Training: Discover different training opportunities for you and your church leaders here in Utah.  Tom McClenahan, Ross Anderson
  • International Kingdom Impact:  Discover how your church can work with Compassion International & Stadia to plant churches internationally and impact an entire impoverished community with the Gospel.  Jeff Bennett


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Internship Program

group-413973_640Starting in 2016, Utah Advance will be offering an internship program in partnership with local churches and other ministry agencies. The internship experience is designed to provide ministry- and missions-minded people with opportunities to explore and contribute to cross-cultural ministry. The internships are from 2 to 9 months long and focus on the unique religious culture of Utah.

With only 2% of the population attending an evangelical church, Utah is a great place for cutting-edge, faith-inspired ministry. The needs are significant, but God is on the move. Interns will discover that Utah is an exciting place to serve the Lord!

Interns will learn from and be mentored by some of the most creative strategists and experienced practitioners in our region. They will serve alongside the most effective churches and ministries.

Utah is a great preparation for serving in overseas missions. Ministry here is distinctly cross-cultural, but learning a foreign language is not required. People who can adapt to Utah’s culture can make it anywhere in the world.

To learn more about our internships, please explore the links below.

Internship tracks include evangelism, church planting, youth ministry, young adult ministry, discipleship resources, and custom options.


Application Process

Training and Mentoring



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Urbana Student Missions Conference

u15_blockgraphic_facebookI have been invited to lead a seminar at the Urbana Student Missions Conference, which convenes December 27-31 in St. Louis. With 16,000 attenders, Urbana is the largest student missions conference in the world. Held every three years, it brings together a diverse mix of college and graduate students, faculty, recent graduates, pastors, church and ministry leaders, and exhibitors. Urbana is hosted by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and its international affiliates to challenge young people to surrender their entire lives to follow Jesus in everything, no matter the cost. At the last Urbana Conference in 2012, 10,000 students pledged themselves to global missions in one form or another. Learn more at urbana.org.

The working title for the seminar is “Mormonism: Cult or Culture? Contextualized Outreach to Latter-day Saints.” My aim is to explain why it is important to understand Mormonism as a complete cultural identity vs. merely a belief system, and to encourage attenders to think about how to share the good news of God’s grace in ways that make sense in light of Mormon culture and that sounds like good news to Mormons.

The ultimate objective of going to Urbana is to recruit interns to serve in Utah. I have applied for a booth in the exhibition hall to maximize my presence and influence there. Students at Urbana are looking for a next step in service. So I’ve been setting up an internship system to channel that energy and commitment to help the churches and ministries of Utah. I’ll explain more about internships in a future post, or you can check it out at utahadvance.org/internships.

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Now Available from Amazon Kindle

Jesus Without Joseph: A Guide to Following Christ After Leaving Mormonism is now available in convenient e-book format from Amazon Kindle. Check it out at amazon.com.

JWJ CoverThis study guide is designed for people who have left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pursue historic, biblical Christianity. For individual or group use, it will help former Latter-day Saints navigate through the challenging emotional and cultural issues related to leaving familiar territory behind to find a new spiritual homeland.

Chapters include: 1. Culture Shock 2. Dealing with Loss 3. Learning to Trust 4. New Kinds of Relationships 5. New Ways to Grow Spiritually 6. New Freedom and Responsibility 7. Worship and Symbolism 8. Finances in the Church 9. Ministry in the Church 10. Leadership and Authority

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Church Planters Summit

Summit-Logo-2014The Fall Church Planters Summit will be hosted by Pastor Loren Pankratz and his team at The Bridge Community.  Join us on October 22 from 8 am to 2 pm.

260 E. Pages LaneCenterville, UT 84014

The $10 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments. Child care is provided free.

Please register using the form below:

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