How are locations determined?

ADVANCE responds to invitations to provide theological education from national leaders, the IMB, other international mission organizations, or US pastors or leaders who desire to start an international school. Our main desire at ADVANCE is to partner where little to no opportunity exists for theological education.

What is the amount of time needed to prepare for a teaching assignment?

Usually it takes about 6 months to finish the preparation needed (airline reservations, approval by NOTBS to teach, visas, etc.) If you are able to go with short notice, please let us know. We are always in need of replacements.

What is the cost of the trip?

The trips average $2,000-3,000. This includes airfare, other transportation, translators, food, etc. We usually secure your hotel and transportation in country for the teaching assignments and in some locations we also make your international airline reservations. Each ADVANCE professor or his church is responsible for travel cost, hotel, meals, visa costs, and gift to translator for teaching.  

How long will the entire trip take?

A typical trip is 10 to 13 days . We plan most trips so a pastor would only have to be gone one Sunday from his pulpit. The teaching schedules are different at each location and we can tell you when you contact us the exact schedule for the location where you want to teach. We do our best to have you away from home for only one Sunday.

How many hours of teaching do I need to plan?

Classes are 20 hours of lecture teaching through a translator.

How do I qualify as an Adjunct Professor of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary?

You do not have to be an alumnus of NOBTS to serve in this program, but you will be asked to sign a doctrinal statement of faith. A theological Master's degree is required. ADVANCE will work with you on the other requirements to get you approved as an adjunct professor. After approval from NOBTS, Advance and the teacher work together to provide a syllabus, outlines, class notes and exams.

Will a translator be provided?

Yes. Don’t be concerned if you have not taught through a translator before. We have excellent translators and by the end of the first day, you will be comfortable with the process.

How are future locations determined?

ADVANCE is starting locations in new locations as our funds allow.  If you have a country where you feel there is a need for one of our schools, please contact us. We would love to talk to you about how we can partner together to get one started.  

How is ADVANCE affiliated with the IMB?

Advance funds the schools and secures the teachers, translators, materials, etc. for the schools. IMB helps us with the logistics on the ground, selects the students and also the cities where our training is most needed.

How are the classes funded?

All our classes are funded by Advance.  We receive donations from individuals, churches, and other organizations who share our passion to equip the international leaders of churches with the tools they will need to lead their churches biblically.  

Are contributions made to ADVANCE tax deductible?

Yes, tax deductible contributions can be made to ADVANCE. We are a Texas based, registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization.