about the Advance Network

Could we do better together?  We believe so. 

  • We could be STRONGER. 
  • We could be HEALTHIER. 
  • We could go FURTHER. 

In 2013, the ADVANCE network was birthed from the Montana Shepherds Conference. After decades of serving Montana's rural churches, a desire for greater effectiveness led the MSC Leadership Team to a bold decision; to organize in a greater measure for the sake of greater relationship. Advance is focused on strengthening local churches in Montana and the surrounding region and we believe intentional relationship can make the difference. We invite you to partner with us in real, progressive relationship in order to see the health of our local churches extend the Kingdom of God in our region. 

Advance Chairman

Pastor Bob Johnson // New City Church Senior Pastor

Bob Johnson has been the Senior Pastor of New City since its planting (as Great Falls Christian Center) in 1981. Ever since, he and his wife Cindy have shown their dedication to planting and strengthening churches, equipping leaders and loving the body of Christ. 


Bob’s grace as a builder, strength as a leader, and his tenacity for relationship have resulted in healthy churches and missionary works that continue to thrive today. Bob and Cindy have four wonderful children; Amy, Abigail, Rachel and Ryan. They have also welcomed several grandchildren into their growing family that they enjoy very much.


In addition to his leadership role at New City, Bob serves as chairman for the Advance Church Network and serves churches throughout the Northwest area as the Intermountain North Regional Director for Ministers Fellowship International.