Category Archives: Church Planting

October Church Planters Summit

Summit-LogoThursday, October 13
8 am – 2 pm
The Well Church
800 E 9400 S, Sandy UT


Cost: $15 at the door.
Lunch and childcare provided.

Utah Advance works in close collaboration with Loving Utah in the area of church planting. Recently the Loving Utah team has been asking the question: What if Loving Utah transformed from a church-planting network to a multiplying movement?

Discover how you can be part of a grander vision! Come learn from seasoned veterans. Pray and believe together. Help make Loving Utah a catalyst for multiplying churches in Utah.

Sign up for the Summit and give us your input on the registration form and survey below. (Please forward this to others who may be interested.)

Review of 2015

Utah on map2015 has been a productive year at Utah Advance! Here are some highlights.

  • Led a weekly training cohort in biblical and theological studies through CB Matrix.
  • Participated in monthly dialog meetings with teachers at local LDS Institute of Religion.
  • Hosted the “Think Outside” workshop for local pastors to help churches succeed at reaching people far from God.
  • Created a video curriculum series on Living in Utah, designed for small groups or Sunday school classes.
  • Attended the Exponential Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of church planters and church planting leaders, in Tampa, Florida.
  • Taught a 2-week module on Cults and Apologetics for CB Matrix.
  • Organized the spring Church Planters Summit, and participated in panel on Facing Family Challenges.
  • Participated in a panel at the Ethnic Ministries Summit on “Understanding your Latter-day Saint Neighbors.”
  • Graduated a cohort of leaders with CB Matrix.
  • Spoke at the Transitions Conference about navigating the relational journey from Mormonism to faith in Christ.
  • Helped a church design a support group and curriculum for people transitioning from other faiths.
  • Made progress on a new book: A Guide to Shepherding Former Mormons.
  • Published the Jesus Without Joseph study guide as an electronic book available on Amazon Kindle.
  • Organized the fall Church Planters Summit, and moderated a panel of veteran pastors on persevering in ministry in Utah.
  • Counseled with several former and transitioning Mormons about their faith journey.
  • Consulted with several church planters and pastors on areas of strategic and practical ministry.
  • Translated past training seminars into web articles on
  • Developed a multi-faceted internship program for young adults and others with an interest in cross-cultural ministry in Utah. Approved the first intern, who will be coming in February 2016.
  • Prepared to teach a seminar and staff a booth at the Urbana Student Missions Conference in St.Louis, MO – December 27-31.


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


What’s God Up to in Utah?


Church planters, team members and spouses are all invited to the upcoming Church Planter’s Summit to explore our theme: What’s God Up To?    Thursday, Oct 3 from 8am-3pm @ K2 The Church.



“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”      Colossians 1:28-29

Church planters live this Scripture on a daily basis, with work, family, discipleship, preaching, caring, shepherding, bridging cultural gaps, shoestring budgets, raising support, and from time to time sleeping.  This event is designed to equip and encourage planters in this strenuous effort.

Inspiring, interactive sessions will build your faith, knowledge, and network.  Thursday, Oct 3 from 8am-3pm @ K2 The Church.  Continental breakfast & hangout lunch provided.  193 West 2100 South.  Salt Lake City, UT.  $20 per participant.

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The Summit features stimulating discussions on:

Understanding Mormon Culture

Rural & Small Town Church Planting

House Churches and Missional Communities

Strategic Partnerships

How Recent Trends in Mormonism Affect Your Ministry

When Polygamists Attend your Church

With interactive breakout sessions led by . . .

Scott McKinney, Shane Finley, Dave Nelson, Mike Menning,

Dave Elshaug, Kyle Costello, Ross Anderson, Tom Koehler