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The Church

Send. Plant. Develop. Nurture. Partner. Together.

The Mobilized Church Conference

May 3-4, 2022 - Kansas City


in partnership with


What is it?
Also known as the "C.A.N." Conference (Church. Agency. Network), every year Avant invites local church partners for an opportunity to connect and get acquainted with each other. Since our Lord's Great Commission is too big to do alone, and yet too important to not try to do together, this is a time we set aside for building relationships, collaborating on ideas, and finding solutions that will enhance our work with missionaries around the world.

Who should attend?
Pastors, Mission Pastors, Elders, mission committee team members, and other church leaders from your church.

What can I expect?

  1. To network with Avant and other church leaders to collaborate on Great Commission issues
  2. To seek vision from the Lord on ways to cultivate your church’s heart for missions
  3. To learn from peers, gather new ideas, and sharpen ministry tools for engaging your church

If your church supports an Avant missionary, your lodging, meals and registration will be free.*

*Lodging is free at the Avant Guest House but is based on a first come, first serve basis. If we exceed our capacity, we will guide you to local hotel options. See www.1615.org/can2022 for more information on church and individual pricing for those outside of our network

If you have any questions about lodging, meals, or other details, please call Dave Wilson at 816.479.7078.

We will give a tour of our facilities and meet Avant staff at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 4.

The Church is the heart and soul of Avant. We exist to plant and develop churches in the unreached areas of the world. We've been doing it since the 19th century, and haven't deviated from this calling. We do it intentionally, and with specifically-crafted and proven church planting principles. But we don't and can't do it alone. We partner with sending churches in order to see new churches planted globally.

Your Church + Avant = Kingdom Impact

Imagine the Kingdom impact if churches and mission agencies worked together strategically to recruit, train and send church planting teams to the mission field. The result of this direct cooperation could produce more teams to plant more churches in less time.


Where There is No Church

Avant focuses on planting the church where there is no church. Our ever-changing world presents a sense of urgency that motivates us to be strategic and innovative. Avant’s church planting principles provide accountability and equips a team of missionaries to shorten the length of time it takes to plant a mature, nationally-led, reproducing church.

We believe the local church has an important role to play in all of this, so we place a priority on developing a relationship with churches who send out missionaries. Joint Venture was created as an opportunity for the church and agency to combine their strengths to plant the church among the unreached.

What is Joint Venture?

The typical Joint Venture team consists of six to ten adults from your congregation who train together in Avant’s method of church planting. The team will spend five to seven years planting churches in an unreached area of the world. Depending on location, the time could be shorter or longer to see a healthy church emerge.

Your church recruits a team from within the congregation, selects the field location, and creates a timeline for deployment. As your agency, Avant provides training, administrative details as well as a broad range of cross-cultural guidance.

Each Joint Venture team will be different because every church is unique. However, the goal is always the same: missionaries are sent, the gospel is preached and churches are planted!

Shared Responsibility

Church Avant
Biblical Training Cross-Cultural Training
Discipleship Leadership Development
Member Selection Team Training
Field Selection Field Structure and Oversight
Missionary Care Member Care
Ministry Needs Personnel Needs
Nurturing Supervising
Communication Communication
Joint Venture was created to mobilize members of a given church to serve together overseas. Watch a video overview.