We believe that mature Christians will continually grow in their heavenly focus and desire to participate with God in building His kingdom on earth
(2 Corinthians 5:1-10). As such, we encourage and expect Gateway members to grow in the following activities:
Fellowship and worship are a vital part of a Christian's growth and ability to stay spiritually strong and effective for God. We expect members to regularly attend one of our Sunday services. (Hebrews 10:25).
Christians should regularly study the Bible for themselves in order to gain wisdom for how to live their lives according to God's desires. Also, we encourage Gateway members to regularly participate in Gateway's weekly Bible studies and CONNECTIONS "small group" sessions, as this provides an opportunity to discuss your faith with other believers. (Acts 17:11)
Members should serve one another inside the church to build up and encourage one another (1 Peter 4:10). Member should also grow in their service to go outside the walls of the building and into the community. We encourage members to serve in some capacity 1-2 hours weekly. There are a myriad of service opportunities ranging from children's ministry, card ministry, visiting or preparing meals for the sick, cleaning, lawn care, maintenance team, worship team, Gateway on the Go teams, etc.
The church's main purpose is to share the good news of Jesus with those who don't know Him (Matthew 28:19-20). Evangelism is often considered an imposing activity. However, it can be quite simple and only involves being with people who don't have a relationship with Jesus. Members should make a point of sharing their lives with those outside the church.
The tithe (10%) has always been a standard for God's people to contribute to the church, to allow it to meet the needs of the ministry, members, and community. We believe that Jesus upheld this principle in Matthew 23:23 and encourage Gateway members to grow in the grace of giving to the church and others. (Leviticus 27:30, 1 Timothy 6:18, Ephesians 4:38)