2023 Advance Conference | Omaha

Join us in Omaha May 1-3 for Advance Conference 2023!

Advance Conferences are regional training and assessment events that bring together new and aspiring church planters, dynamic thinkers, and proven practitioners. Whether you’ve been involved in church leadership for three decades or are planning your first church plant’s launch Sunday, every church leader, both men and women, will benefit from these events and we can’t wait to see you there!

As a reminder, if this event location or dates don’t work for you, check out our other Advance events:


Monday, May 1

6:30 p.m. – Doors Open
7 p.m. – Main Session 1

Tuesday, May 2

9 a.m. – Main Session 2
10:25 a.m. – Break
10:45 a.m. – Main Session 3
12 p.m. – Lunch (box lunch provided)
1:30 p.m. – Breakout Session 1
2:30 p.m. – Break
3 p.m. – Breakout Session 2
4 p.m. – Break
4:30 p.m. – Main Session 4
6:15 p.m. – End of Day

Wednesday, May 3

10 a.m. – Main Session 5
11:30 a.m. – End of Conference

*Check out local restaurant recommendations here!


Bob Thune

Bob Thune (MA, Reformed Theological Seminary) is founding and lead pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and a fellow of the Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics. He is the author of Gospel Eldership and the co-author of The Gospel-Centered Life and The Gospel-Centered Community, and the creator of the Daily Liturgy Podcast. In addition to his work as a pastor and writer, he helps to lead a classical Christian school, coaches and trains church leaders, and serves as a Council member of The Gospel Coalition.

Doug Logan

Doug Logan planted and pastored Epiphany Fellowship Church in Camden, NJ. Before that, he served with Eric Mason as the Connections Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. After transitioning his church to the next generation of leadership, Doug was appointed by the Acts 29 Network to serve as the director of the Diversity Initiative and the co-director of Church in Hard Places. Currently, he serves as the Associate Director of Acts 29. He is also the Pastor for Church Planting at Remnant Church in Richmond, VA. He is the author of On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement as well as numerous articles. Doug and his wife, Angel, have been married since 1996 and have three sons.

Jim Essian

Jim Essian planted The Paradox Church in 2011 in Downtown Fort Worth and serves as Lead Pastor. Jim played eight years of professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Detroit Tigers organizations, prior to planting. He founded the church planting network Plant Fort Worth, which has seen 11 churches planted in the Greater Fort Worth area in the last four years. He is also the author of Jesus For You: He Became Like You So You Could Become Like Him. Jim is married to Heather and they have three girls: Harper Grace, Hollis Jane, and Hadden Faith.

Justin Anderson

Justin has spent the last 20 years leading churches. He has planted three thriving Acts 29 churches (Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle), led a large-scale church merger and has coached and consulted dozens of leaders through major church transitions. Justin currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Emilie and five kids.

Noel Heikkinen

Noel is the teaching pastor at Riverview, a multi-site church-planting church in the Lansing, Michigan area. He serves as the Upper Midwest Regional Director for Acts 29 and is the author of two books. He is married to Grace, and they have four adult children and a son-in-law.


Coram Deo Church

8787 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68114