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Who God has called us to be: Our Identity

A servant community

Gateway is a family; God has called us together as his people. We rejoice and suffer with each other. We strive to look not after our own interests; instead we seek to serve each other and those around us. We are not a perfect community, but we will do the hard work of loving each other and the world around us because we are...

United with Christ

Jesus Christ is the center of this statement, and it is no accident. He is the center of our lives and our church. Jesus loves us, and by the Spirit, we are united with Him. He is both the source and the target of our worship. As a church, we actively desire to grow in our understanding of his love, and to live it out as we go about…

Pursuing redemption in His world.

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. Through the redemption Jesus made possible on the cross, we have been saved. Our lives are now centered on joining Him as that redemption extends to the whole world. It begins in our families, continues to the house down the street and at our workplaces, and extends as we serve alongside our international ministry partners.

Where God has us going: Our Vision

Being Formed in Christ and in his love

As our church, we are headed somewhere together. But for us, it is not a destination or a target size or a set number of programs. We believe God is calling us to be a people who will be about bearing witness and bearing fruit. For us to get there, we'll have to have lives in which we are formed by Christ and filled with his love.

we Will Bear Witness

God has positioned us to proclaim in the gospel in word and deed in every place we are put. We simply tell the story of what God has done in our lives, and we live in response to who God is. Our proclamation will not be motivated out of fear, manipulation, or guilt. Rather, rooted in Christ's love, we seek to love our neighbor by pointing to the One who loves them.

We will bear Fruit in Every aspect of life

God's first command to the humans he created in Genesis 1 was to "Be Fruitful". We were made to be fruitful - to flourish in God's world as we work the earth, build friendships, raise families, and serve our neighbor. The consequence of sin turned work to toil, but in Christ, we can once again bear fruit. We seek to glorify God in every aspect of our life.

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How God will get us there: Our Strategy

Adoration

Weekly, we gather as a family to worship the Triune God as we sing, pray, encounter Scripture, and celebrate the Sacraments.

Catalysts:

  • Sunday Morning Worship at 10:30am

Formation

Regularly, we gather together to be formed by Christ and His love.

Catalysts:

  • Small Groups (Community Folks)
  • Harbor (SRU students)
  • Ongoing GCC discipleship (GCC students)
  • YL Campaigners (Teenagers)
  • Gateway Night (Kids...and Everyone!)

Vocation

Each of us has been called to follow Christ and glorify Him in everything we do.

Catalysts:

  • Men's and Women's Ministry
  • Adult Seminars at Gateway Night
  • Jubilee
  • Our partnership with Fintonia EPC in Fintonia, Sierra Leone

Connection

We create intentional places of connection with our community to bear witness to the reality of Jesus.

Catalysts:

  • Hands of Hope
  • Harbor Hospitality Team
  • YL Club
  • ...and so many more

EPC

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) is a denomination or “family” of churches that’s home to more than 575 churches comprised of about 150,000 members across the United States. The EPC is Presbyterian in government, Reformed in theology and Evangelical in spirit. Since its inception in 1981, the EPC has embraced the Westminster Confession of Faith as its doctrinal standard and the rule of spiritually mature elders linked together regionally as the best way to guide local congregations. 

  The EPC has a solid world missions program with a priority on sending missionaries to unreached people groups. It is eager to plant churches across the United States and especially in urban communities and college towns in the hope that every one of its congregations will be an outpost of the Kingdom in post-Christian America with every member viewing himself or herself as a missionary on a mission. 

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