What We Believe
 

Gateway Baptist Church exists to love God and love others. We are a baptist congregation with a plurality elder-led model of leadership. We are committed to expository preaching (primarily preaching verse by verse through books of the Bible), living together in Christian community, living our lives on mission, and discipleship and biblical counseling to help one another grow in our relationship with Christ and with one another. To learn more about our priorities and commitments, visit the "Our Mission" page.

 
Our statement of faith is the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).  

As described there, we believe (1) that the Bible in its entirety is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God,  and (2) that salvation is by God's grace alone that is received through faith alone in Christ Jesus alone.  Faith in Christ is the only hope for us to be restored to a relationship with our Creator.

 
In addition to that statement of faith, Gateway has two additional distinctives in our beliefs.

  1. We have a more open belief about who can receive communion (the Lord's supper) than is presented in the statement of faith referenced above.  Read about Gateway's beliefs on communion here.

  2. We are a church committed to a plurality leadership model.  Gateway is a plurality elder-led church, yet under congregational authority.  That means Gateway is overseen by a group of elders (also known as our pastoral leadership team that includes our 3 staff pastors and 7 additional men from the congregation who serve as elders). These elders are responsible for the vision and direction of Gateway, but even more importantly the shepherding of the members of the church. In addition to our elder team, Gateway has 13 deacons who serve the body and help oversee some of the ministry teams in the congregation.  These elders and deacons are selected by the congregation.


For partnership for missions and theological education, Gateway is connected with:


In addition, we are theologically similar to and connected with the following ministries and organizations: