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
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).
Our 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
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.
Synthia 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.
BI-VOCATIONAL PASTOR RESOURCES
The role of a bi-vocational pastor is unique. Training videos and other materials are available through our office.
Through 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.
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