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Following Pastor Paul Jackson's retirement at the end of January 2019, Gateway Baptist Church has entered into a period of interegnum.  Interegnum, literally, means 'between reigns' but that doesn't mean we view a pastor as a king!  It simply means that we generally assume we will be appointing a new pastor in due course and that we are in the process of seeking God for our next step. While we pray for God to bring the right person to fill the role we also believe that somewhere out there is a person praying for the right role to fill. We are in God's hands and, although we have no idea how long we will remain in the process, we know we can trust Him to lead us and to provide for all that we need.

We value your prayers as we adjust to our new situation, and for the leaders as they stand in the gap, picking up responsibilities they might not have originally stepped up for!

 

Eldership

The Elders’ function is to exercise spiritual and pastoral oversight. In the New Testament there is the recognition that these should be Christian men of mature faith who are set apart to supervise the work of the church.

 

Deacons & Ministry Streams

Here at Gateway we apply the name Deacon to the members of our team of men and women who are set apart by the Church Family to be the practical executors of the church’s vision.

We have divided all the work of the church in to Ministry Streams (listed here ), each headed by one of the deacons.

Each Stream seeks to provide opportunities for GBC members to explore their gifts and talents in service and to offer different ways in which church members can help fulfill the church’s vision.

 

Administration

Administration may initially sound boring, but it was never supposed to be. Indeed, it is listed as one of the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:28

 
Prayer

Prayer is the life-breath of any church. It is where and how we build an ongoing relationship with God, both in our personal lives and in our community life as a church.

 
Pastoral Support

Pastoral Care is concerned with the pursuit and encouragement of the well-being of every church member, and for the emotional and spiritual building up of the church family.

 
 
 

Nurture

What do we mean by ‘nurture’? Jesus says that when we become his disciples we start life all over again. We become like babies needing to grow and discover all the wonderful things of life connected with our heavenly Father. You would not leave a ordinary baby all on its own to look after itself, and neither should we treat new disciples any differently.

 

Baptism & Membership

A Christian is someone who wishes to carry out the teaching and will of Jesus Christ as they see it expressed in the bible. “If you love me you will obey my commandments.” (John 14:15) are the words of Jesus to those who would follow him as disciples. This is not sentimental, emotional love. In loving God we are called to make Him our priority in all we would do. Therefore, Jesus is saying that if we claim to love (put Him first) then we will show this in our lives by obeying His commands. One of those commands is to be baptised.

 
 

Housegroups

Housegroups are an intimate way of expressing our church life. These are groups of around ten to fifteen people who meet in homes each week to work out God’s purposes for us at Gateway Baptist Church.

In early 2010 we restructured the groups.  Throughout the month of April, we took the opportunity to meet together at the Station Road site to renew our focus of the purpose and function of housegroups.  Renamed Reachout Groups to reflect a core purpose, the groups are now meeting in their own locations.  Joining one of these groups is the best way to become integrated into the life and work of the Church.

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Barn House, Station Road, Burgess Hill
West Sussex, RH15 9EQ, England

Telephone: +44 (0)1444 233050
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Pastor: Revd Paul Jackson MTh BA
churchoffice@gatewaybaptist.org.uk
www.gatewaybaptist.org.uk
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