Pizza with Pastor
February 4th, 2018
If you're new (or kinda new)to Gateway, plan on hanging around after service next Sunday and enjoying a casual lunch with Pastor Chris and a few other members. It's a time to shoot the breeze, answer any questions you have about the church, and just get to know some people from the church better.
Registration isn't required, but it does help us have a better idea as to how much food to order.
February 17th - February 24th, 2018
Our membership course is a great way to learn more about the Church (the universal, worldwide Church) and about this church (the local expression of Christ's Church we call Gateway Downtown). If you want a better idea of what Christians believe, how the Church came about, or what Gateway is all about, this is the class for you.
This class does not obligate you to become a member. However, the classes are required to become a member. We want people who covenant with us in church membership to know who we are and what we're about before they make that commitment.
If your schedule only allows you to attend some sessions, you can make up the others at the next offering or—if necessary—we can look at making special arrangements.
The following class sessions are taught:
Theology. What do all members of Gateway Downtown profess to believe? These are our core doctrines, the doctrines that bind us together. There are many good and right things that Christians may believe, but our short doctrinal statement is our irreducible minimum of covenanted fellowship.
Biblical Membership. What does membership mean from the Bible? Is church membership a modern construct or an ancient institution? Is it necessary? And if it is necessary, what does it mean for Christians? These are the sorts of questions this session will address.
Church History. This church was started in 2007, but the worldwide Church was started somewhere between AD 30-33. Have you ever thought about how we get from a small band of Jewish disciples in Jerusalem to Church of every tribe and tongue and language? And how does this little church, Gateway Downtown, fit into that? We'll give you the whirlwind tour of Church history to put our place as Christians in context.
Life Together. We express our membership at Gateway Downtown by pledging biblical commitments to one another. We know we are not perfect, and we will often fail to live as the body of Christ as we ought, but our membership covenant is the framework in which we understand our obligations to one another. Learn about the commitments members make to one another here and how that looks in practice.
Missions, Evangelism, and Discipleship. These three things sum up, in many ways, the mission of every church and every Christians. We'll discuss how Gateway and its members are engaged in these activities, how we're looking to expand our commitments to these things, and why it matters.