One of our ministry partners at Loving Utah is Utah Advance Ministries – the ministry umbrella for Ross Anderson, who serves as Loving Utah’s Associate Director. Incorporated in 2011, Utah Advance is dedicated to advancing healthy churches in the unique cultural setting of Utah, in the following ways.
Utah Advances provides resources to equip evangelical Christian churches to witness and serve more wisely within Utah’s unique religious culture, and especially to enfold and disciple people who have chosen to leave Mormonism.
Less than 2% of Utahans attend an evangelical church, with only one such church for every 9,000 residents. Utah Advance works with Loving Utah to provide leadership and resources to help plant healthy churches strategically fitted to the culture of this region. This involves teaching, training, recruiting, assessing, and coaching planters, providing them with support and resources, and consulting with parent churches and associations.
Strategic Thinking and Writing
Ross Anderson grew up as a Latter-day Saint, was trained in theology and cross-cultural missions, has served in Utah for over 25 years, and has gifts in writing and analytical thinking. Thus Utah Advance seeks to provide thoughtful analysis to serve the church’s ministry – through Ross’ own writings, as well as recommended works by others.