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God has given to us, His people, an amazing mission to glorify Him with our lives and to make Him known to others.2 Corinthians 5:17-21 gives us a glimpse of this mission He has given to us:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

We believe that God in His sovereign plan has put us in Montgomery for a reason. We desire to be a blessing to this community and a light to those around us here. We also know that God's heart is for all the nations (people groups) to worship Him. Therefore, we are intentional in taking the Gospel to peoples around the world who have never heard.


In addition to the local and global efforts you see below, our elders are currently working on a comprehensive missions strategy for Gateway, looking at how God has gifted us and where He is leading us to focus our efforts. Our new missions strategy will begin in 2019.

LOCAL MISSIONS

  • Gateway strives by God's grace to be a blessing to our community and share the hope of Christ with those around us here. Our current work in Montgomery includes:

    • New Life in Christ
      NLIC is a Hispanic church that meets on the Gateway campus on Sunday afternoons for worship and during the week for Bible studies. We are thankful for our long partnership with NLIC.

    • Mixtec Church Plant
      The Mixtec are an unreached people group from Mexico with a large population in Montgomery. Gateway has several members involved in the weekly work of a new church plant in that community. In addition, Gateway has been the host location for three years for the National Mixtec Summit.

    • Before School Bible Study Club
      Seth Rhodebeck, one of Gateway's elders, and a number of Gateway volunteers lead a Bible study for middle school students before school on Tuesday mornings at one of the Montgomery Public Schools. We are beginning work this year on intentional efforts to minister to the teachers in this school as well.

    • Child Evangelism Fellowship
      Gateway member Savannah Barber is on staff with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). Gateway partners with her to lead Good News Clubs both at Gateway and at locations in the community during the summer.

    • Montgomery Baptist Association
      In addition to those efforts, Gateway contributes from the budget to the Montgomery Baptist Association to help with church development, pastor training, and benevolence right here in Montgomery.

    • Community Events
      Gateway provides an annual Fall Festival for the community, as well as is the host location for the meetings of surrounding home owner associations.

    Gateway members are involved in many other ways throughout the community. As you get to know us, you will find our people scattered throughout all of the river region, seeking to minister to others in neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

    INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

    • Gateway has a heart to see all the peoples of the world worshipping God. We are involved in missions because we desire to see God glorified among all the peoples of the world, and because we want all the peoples of the world to find true joy from knowing their Creator.

      Internationally, we have long term partnerships:

      • Navigators in France
        Former Gateway member, Taylor Foxx, and his family live in France working with the Navigators. As their sending church, Gateway prays for and financially supports their work as they do evangelism and discipleship with college students in their city.

      • Church planting and discipleship in Haiti
        For the past several years, Gateway has come alongside "Pastor Marc," a gifted evangelical pastor who works with churches in the Bossier region. Through financial support, prayer support, and short term trips, the people of Gateway are partnering with him to see new churches started and believers discipled.

      • Ministry to Children in India
        Gateway provides our own sponsorship program to help care for vulnerable children in Bal Vikas Kendra in North India. Our long term partner, Helena, oversees a residential school for at-risk children that provides for the spiritual and physical needs of the children there. If you would like to become involved in sponsoring a child in India, please contact the church office.

      • Church planting in India
        In addition, we financially support seven indigenous church planters in Northern India who work in both urban and mountainous tribal areas among Indians and Nepalese to take the gospel to unreached peoples there.

      • International Mission Board
        Gateway also contributes from our budget each month to Southern Baptist Convention causes, of which 50% goes to our International Mission Board that supports outreach all around the globe.