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

Bob Johnson

Bob & Cindy Johnson planted New City Church in 1981, pastoring it through many thresholds of fruitfulness before handing it off to the next generation of leadership in 2019.  Throughout their ministry journey, they have been known for 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 the Advance Church Network, Bob is an active elder at New City Church and serves churches throughout the Northwest United States as the Intermountain Regional Director for Ministers Fellowship International.