CHURCH LEADERSHIP WILL NEVER
BE EASY...

BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LONELY

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WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE?

Church leaders in lifegiving relationship, collaborating to reach the 8 million people in Pennsylvania who have no church home.

If you’ve ever thought, “Am I the only one struggling to figure this out?” You’re not. We can figure it out together.

WHY WE EXIST

In Acts 18:27, Apollos proved to be a great benefit (or ADVANTAGE) to those who had believed. As the name implies, our heart is to be an advantage to church leaders across Pennsylvania.

We want to help you move beyond surviving, to thriving in your pastoral leadership.

WHO WE SERVE

We aim to serve the pastors of Gospel-teaching churches throughout Pennsylvania. We want to sharpen, connect, and collaborate to introduce more people to Jesus.

WHAT WE DO

According to a 2022 Barna study, 65 percent of pastors report feelings of loneliness and isolation. The Advantage brings pastors together in authentic communities of peers, where they find encouragement, creative ideas, and shared learnings.

Roundtables

In-person collaborative peer groups.

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All Access

An annual one-day event diving deep into best practices in church ministry hosted by LCBC Church, one of the Top 20 largest churches in America.

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Leadership Development

Personalized coaching, check-in calls, and helpful resources.

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INVESTMENTS

This ministry is currently funded by the generosity of LCBC Church, it’s partners, and others who contribute to this missional effort. Our only requirement for participation is that Advantage partners “pay it forward” by investing in other Pennsylvania church leaders.

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Interested in learning more about the benefits of The Advantage? We’d love to hear from you and learn more about your church. 

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WHO WE ARE

Created by pastors for pastors, The Advantage was born out of the shared dream of reaching the entire state of Pennsylvania with the Good News of Jesus. The founding members of The Advantage desire to see thriving churches led by healthy, well-equipped pastors.

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Mark Stuenzi

Mark Stuenzi

Director of Pastor Care, Resources & Research
David Ashcraft Tap to learn more

David Ashcraft

Founder & President
Pat Murdock Tap to learn more

Pat Murdock

Executive Director
Andy Martin Tap to learn more

Andy Martin

Director of Networking & Experiences
Mark Stuenzi Tap to learn more

Mark Stuenzi

Director of Pastor Care, Resources & Research

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

 
I feel energized and motivated after attending these roundtable discussions.
Jimmy Nimon Lead Pastor
Lifeway Church
As a pastor and leader there’s no doubt they’ve saved me both years and some tears by coaching us along the way.
Kent Jacobs Lead Pastor
Epic Church
Our partnership with The Advantage has been foundational for our sustained growth and development. The phrase ‘Better Together’ completely embodies the commitment of The Advantage team.
Chris Trethewey Lead Pastor
Tri County Church
There has been tremendous value in gathering with other senior leaders who understand the weight and burden of ministry.
Beau Eckert Senior Pastor
Calvary Church
The Advantage has provided me with current practitioners who are at the top of their game who have been able to encourage spiritually, give specific advice on complicated situations, come on-site to cheer on and give input personally and for my team members.
Lee Wiggins Lead Pastor
Christ First