One of Gateway' distinctives is our commitment to plurality leadership in the church. Throughout the New Testament, the pattern is that the early church is led by a group of elders. Knowing that each man on our elder team has different spiritual gifts, we believe the church is healthier as we work together to lead and care for the members.
What is an elder? We believe that the terms elder, pastor, and overseer in Scripture all describe the same position in the church. It is not just a person who is a decision maker, though the elder team does lead the church in its direction. The primary responsibility of these men is to "shepherd" (care for) the members. Hebrews 13:17 describes the responsibility of church leaders of "keeping watch over your souls," while 1 Peter 5:1-3 instructs elders to "shepherd the flock of God," to provide oversight, and to live in such a way to be "examples to the flock." Thus, you often will hear us refer to our elders as the pastoral leadership team as they provide spiritual oversight to the church, the teaching of God's Word, and spiritual care for the members.
At the bottom of this page you will find a form you can use to contact any of Gateway's elders.