Resources/Links

Gateway serves to unite the cooperative efforts of 49 churches and missions in the St. Louis Metro-East area. Our desire is to resource the member churches so they have the tools necessary to be healthy, thriving churches, reaching their specific ministry area with the Great News of Jesus Christ.

We can help provide your church the materials necessary for:

  • church health and revitalization (See info about our upcoming ReVITALize conference at http://revitalizeheartland.com)
  • Bible study and presentation enhancement
  • leadership training for pastors, staff and lay leaders
  • evangelism strategy development
  • missions partnerships and training
  • conflict resolution
  • pastor search committee training

We can also help your staff with many different services such as:

  • assistance in preparation of flyers and mailers
  • demographic analysis of your church field
  • gathering and compiling annual church statistics

DVD library additions

Resources available for loan free of charge include a library of DVD Bible study kits with new titles recently added (See complete list: DVD CD Library), as well as a library full of books (See list: Book Library).

block party trailer newOur newer, lighter block party trailer is equipped with carnival-type food machines, tables, chairs, canopies, coolers, games, and more. (See list: Block Party Trailer Contents.) A sound system is also available.

Contact us for these and other resources offered by your association.

 

FREE ONLINE COURSES

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Harvest Ministries is committed to helping people know God and make Him known. That is why they have developed a free online course called Tell Someone—taught by pastor, author, and evangelist Greg Laurie.

Click here to get signed up.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC

SynthiaSynthia is designed to provide accompaniment music for worship services when the church has no keyboardist. Synthia utilizes a PC computer, ‘Netbook’ or laptop and attaches to your electronic organ, keyboard, or directly to your sound system from your computer using a synthesizer program (Mac is not supported). The operation of the computer to control Synthia is simple and easy to use.  Entire worship services to be easily programmed into Synthia and played back during the worship service.

The music supplied with Synthia is played and recorded by Christian organists or pianists. Synthia’s music was specifically produced for congregational singing.

You can…Play a Single Song – select one song to play and set the number of verses to play, the tempo, starting key and instrument. Produce an entire Service Song List – Where numerous songs will be played, you can build a music list. When you’re done, you can print out a music list and download it to Synthia for accompaniment during a service.

GBA has purchased multiple Synthia licenses for churches that have NO accompanist. We are pleased to check out the software to member churches for six (6) months at a time AT NO COST. The goal is to give every church the opportunity to have quality music in their Sunday and weekday services. Call or email Dr. Jaggers if you are interested.

TRAINING COURSES
Below is a list of the training courses/modules that Dr. Tracy is certified to teach or those that he has created and presented. Each course will be presented in a manner specifically geared to meet the needs of your church. Most can be taught in a short setting (1-2 hours), but some require a retreat/workshop setting that demands multiple hours. Let Amy or Dr. Tracy know if you are interested in more information or to schedule one of these training opportunities.  (Most courses are taught through interactive study and multimedia presentations.)
TITLE/TOPICS INCLUDE:
 1.  Assimilation — finding people and keeping them
 2.  Building a Better Sunday School
 3.  The Cost of True Discipleship
 4.  Friendship/Relationship Evangelism
 5.  How We Got the Bible and Which Translation is Best
 6.  Know What You Believe
 7.  Congregational Life Cycles
 8.  Making a Good First Impression
 9.  Perceptions — how to keep from confusing them with facts or truth
10. Priorities God’s Way
11. Sharing My Faith without an Argument
12. Stewardship of Life — the process of managing another’s property
13. The Art of War — spiritual warfare
14. The Power of the Spoken Word
15. Victorious Family Living — rearing godly kids in an ungodly world
16. Victory over Sin
17. Visioning — based on Malphurs’ Developing a Vision in the 21st Century
18. Worship — how does God want us to worship Him?
19. Practicing Praise Perfectly — utilizing the Hebrew words for praise
20. Pastor Search Committee Training
21. Conflict Resolution — turning conflicts into opportunities
22. Discipleship Planning
23. How to be a Healthy Church
24. The Practical Basics of “How to Direct Music”
25. How to Change Music Styles without having to Change Churches
26. Developing a Mission, Vision, Purpose Statement
27. Church Readiness Assessment — ready for change? Really?
28. Church Restoration/Revitalization Process
29. Dealing with Secularism and its Influence on the Church
30. Potential Worker Training (an apprenticeship process)
31. Prepare and Enrich — Premarital and marriage workshop

 

BI-VOCATIONAL PASTOR RESOURCES

Uniquely Bivocational

The role of a bi-vocational pastor is unique. Training videos and other materials are available through our office.

Additional resources:

http://bscln.net/resources/servant-leadership-library/.

http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365209587/

 

 

REVITALIZATION TOOLS

four steps to revitalizing your churchThrough God’s power, revitalization in your church is possible.

Four Steps to Revitalizing Your Church video training course includes:
• more than seven hours of step-by-step training & instruction
• downloadable notes and practical examples
• simple and immediate steps you can take to see results of revitalization and gain momentum going forward.

Learn at your own pace. You can take your entire church staff or leadership team through the consultation videos on your time table and at your convenience.

Learn wherever you are. All videos can be played on any internet-connected device. Watch on your phone, tablet, or computer. No special equipment or software needed.

Contact the association office for more details.

 

LINKS

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC): www.sbc.net

International Mission Board (IMB): www.imb.org

North American Mission Board (NAMB): www.namb.net

Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC): www.erlc.com

GuideStone Financial Resources: www.guidestone.org

Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services: www.bchfs.com

Baptist Foundation of Illinois: www.baptistfoundationil.org

Lifeway Christian Reources: www.lifeway.com

Lifeway Worship: www.lifewayworship.com

Lifeway Research: www.lifewayresearch.com

Illinois Baptist State Convention (IBSA):  www.ibsa.org

Illinois Baptist News: www.IllinoisBaptist.org

SBC Life News: www.sbclife.net

Baptist Press: www.bpnews.net