On September 14, 2015, the Elders and Board of Stewardship of The Gateway Church made the unanimous decision begin the process to withdraw from our affiliation with the Assemblies of God (AG). Our decision to withdraw from the Assemblies is not due to conflict or broken relationship, but rather because of what we understand to be the call of God on our church. Our call feels unique enough theologically and practically from the call on the AG that this change is appropriate. We believe we have heard the voice of the Lord very clearly concerning this transition.
This decision is a part of what has been an extremely slow, thought-full and care-full process. The Assemblies has been, and continues to be, one of the great champions of the gospel in the earth today. However, we find ourselves in significant disagreement with several key AG doctrine and many official AG position papers. The AG emphasizes “personal salvation, water baptism, divine healing, the baptism with the Holy Spirit accompanied by the evidence of speaking in tongues, and the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ.” While we feel called to focus on the cross of Jesus Christ, exploring the mystery of the Bible, embracing the deep and long history of the Church, emphasizing the importance of living in Christian community, and wholeheartedly participating in God’s mission to redeem and restore God's good world.
While we feel called to remain in the Pentecostal/Charismatic stream of Christianity, we feel the AG doctrine of the “initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues” has been expressed in terms of a rational doctrine that can too easily confine the mysterious and supernatural move of the Spirit into a formula.
However, our heart to bless and celebrate the AG as they continue in their vital role in God's kingdom hasn't changed. We have enjoyed a long and fruitful connection with this organization.Gateway's leadership and district leadership have been making this difficult transition with as much honor and respect as we can give to one another.
On Sunday, November 8 we will be holding a special Covenant Members Meeting to discuss and vote on the decision to disaffiliate with the AG, to vote on updating our church bylaws to provide better leadership alignment in the future, and to affirm Diane Mech as a new member of our church’s Board of Stewardship.
Thank you for your interest in the ongoing mutual success and respect of the Assemblies of God and The Gateway Church.
The Gateway Church