Advance (CLD)


ADVANCE is dedicated to Gateway Seminary’s mission to equip leaders who expand God’s kingdom. ADVANCE centers all over North America provide classes at a post-high school level to train effective Christian leaders for the churches of many people groups.

Depending on location, Gateway ADVANCE centers offer classes in English, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, Russian, and Haitian.

ADVANCE offers courses (depending on location) in the following ministry areas:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Children's Ministry
  • Christian Ministry
  • Christian Studies
  • Church Education
  • Church Planting
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership
  • Missions
  • Music Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Peer Counseling
  • Preaching
  • Women's Ministry

Why ADVANCE centers?

Gateway Seminary’s ADVANCE centers began with the mission to provide accessible ministry training at a post-high school level. Since 1980, dozens of ADVANCE centers teaching classes in several languages have offered affordable, quality education to ministry leaders across the United States and around the globe.

ADVANCE centers are established under a cooperative agreement between Gateway Seminary and a local Southern Baptist church, association, or state convention. To establish a new ADVANCE center, please fill out and submit the ADVANCE Center Application form, along with a $35 application fee. If you have questions, contact us at the address below.

If you feel that you are qualified to be a ADVANCE instructor, please fill out and submit the ADVANCE Instructor Application Form.

Academic Programs

ADVANCE offers three levels of study: