Jun
2
11:30 AM11:30

Special Covenant Members Meeting

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A Special Covenant Member’s Meeting to be held immediately following the Sunday morning service on June 2, 2019. The meeting will be held between the conclusion of the morning service and our Simple Feast. The agenda for this meeting is to seek a majority vote of the Covenant Members to amend our church’s Constitution and Bylaws. Regular attenders are welcome to attend.

Background
In the fall of 2018, several leaders within The Gateway Church participated in a multi-week strategic planning process facilitated by our interim Lead Pastor, Tom Clegg. Utilizing the StratOp Process (a professional strategic planning tool), Tom artfully led us through a process designed to capture where we have been as a church and help us articulate where we plan to go in our future, including the selection of a new Lead Pastor. Coming out of this process, we identified several key initiatives intended to address our church’s overall health and attractiveness to a new Lead Pastor when the time comes to begin the search process. One of our core strategies was to revisit and revise our The Gateway Church, Inc. Constitution and Bylaws.

Shortly after the StratOp process was completed, the Board appointed a Governance Committee to review and recommend changes of the bylaws to the Board of Stewardship and Elders. After many weeks of research (how other churches are structured), Bible study (what does the Bible say about church leadership), prayer (how is the Holy Spirit leading us), and deliberations (working it out in community), the bylaws have been drafted, affirmed by the Board of Stewardship and Elders, and are ready for member approval. Along with the bylaws changes, we are also proposing an update to The Gateway Church, Inc. Articles of Incorporation.

Why do we need to revise our bylaws? 
As the StratOp process validated, the current bylaws create an unnecessarily complex, yet vague organizational structure. Combining aspects of a Presidential (authoritarian/entrepreneurial) and Team-Ministry model, the current model worked well for a start-up church. As a result, certain roles, as outlined in the current bylaws, rely on outside individuals not familiar to the Gateway family (Overseers) for church authority and pastoral discipline. Further, most authority lies with the Lead Pastor with little accountability to the two Boards (BOS and Elders).

What is the main change in the new bylaws? 
The Governance Committee and, ultimately, the Board of Stewardship and Elders, believe that the healthiest and most biblical model for church leadership is a Team Ministry model. There are many reason for this. Team Ministry allows for contributions of various gifts and sharing of wisdom. A Team Ministry structure allows for mutuality, that is, a context where interaction among leaders, blending ideas and giftings, allows for a base of unity. Finally, a Team Ministry approach allows for representation within the church. 

Additional changes include the following:

  1. One Board of Elders. As opposed to a Board of Stewardship, Board of Elders, and a Board of Overseers, we will operate as one Board of Elders (biblical definition). Each of our current BOS members and Elders will serve on our Board of Elders with staggered terms.

  2. The Lead Pastor will be an Elder, as opposed to the Lead Elder and corporation President. The Team Ministry model we are adopting will allow for a collaborative leadership model.

  3. Lead Pastor accountability will no longer be part of our bylaws. Rather, the Lead Pastor’s employment contract will contain details about accountability, staff responsibilities, and discipline.

  4. The new bylaws introduce the role of the deacon as one who serves at the request of the Board of Elders.

If you’d like a copy of the documents we’ll be reviewing/voting on, please email us at info@thegatewaychurch.com

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Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Simple Feast

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We believe that sharing a meal with someone is a key way to build a friendship. With that in mind, we enjoy periodic simple meals together at the end of our Sunday gatherings. This is a great time to invest in each other and celebrate old and new friendships.

Join us after the service, upstairs in the cafeteria, for good food & fellowship!

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Jun
14
to Jun 15

Power Up | VBS 2019

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We're bringing back VBS with "Power up! Raise your Game!"
Registration will be open soon!
Students (K-5th) are invited to join us for two days of stories, crafts, games and more at Edmund's Elementary where they will learn about God's love and what it looks like to live for Christ.

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May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Aruna Run

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This May, we are partnering with The Aruna Project (a US non-profit dedicated to freeing, empowering, and employing sexually enslaved women in India), to host a local 5K Walk/Run. Join us and run or walk for an enslaved woman by name whom the Aruna Project staff personally know and are working to free from the brothels. Thanks to local race sponsors covering race expenses, 100 percent of registration fees and donations goes to bring and sustain freedom to women in desperate need of new beginnings.

Learn more about The Aruna Project

Register to Run or Walk

Volunteer

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Baby Dedication

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Baby Dedication is a practice in which parents commit themselves to raising their children in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Dedicating your child to God is a public sign that you are seeking to bring your children up in the ways of Christ, and as a community we stand with you in that passion. 

This service typically includes a Scripture reading, prayer, and a series of vows spoken by parents and the church. We pray for the parents as they strive to teach their child and for our community as we learn to model Christ to our children.

If you are interested in having your child dedicated please contact our Children’s Director, Kristy.

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Good Friday

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Join us for a Good Friday experience at Central Campus. Running from 6-9pm, come and go as you please but allow for approximately 45 minutes to walk through the space.

The Prayer Path will be a multi-media labyrinth that will guide you through a unique prayer experience. Guided by an audio narration (please bring a device and headphones to access our playlist online), you'll journey around the labyrinth to 11 different stations that will lead you to let go of the busyness, recenter your life on God, and reach out to the world with Christ's love.

Location: Central Campus Auditorium, 6-9PM

Duration: 45 minutes

Prep: Please bring a device and headphones to access our online playlist

Kids: Older kids can walk through the experience with their parents but childcare will be provided for Nursery & Pre-School

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Guest Speaker: Dave McGee, Enlace

Dave McGee will be joining us on March 24th to share about the work of Enlace, one of our Missions Partners. Join us for a Q & A after service to meet with Dave and learn about our Missions Trip to El Salvador in October!

We’ll be sending a team to El Salvador this Fall (October 12-19th). If you are interested in joining this team or would like to learn more, please contact Rachael Stokka.

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Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Learn more about Joppa!

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Join us on January 23rd at 6:30pm at the Joppa Center to learn more about the homeless community in Des Moines and the work that Joppa does. Joppa is one of our Missional Communities and we serve with them the third Sunday of every month!

Location: The Market Building
118 SE 4th St #120 in Des Moines, 50309.
Park on the south side of the building and enter through the double doors. Joppa is the first door on the left.

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Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Freedom Partner Sunday

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On January 20th, we'll be dedicating a portion of our service to highlight the work of one of our Missions Partners - International Justice Mission. We'll be sharing about their work around the globe, rescuing thousands of people from human trafficking and slavery as well as what it means to be a Freedom Partner. For more information, please email Kate or visit their website at ijm.org.

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

The Advent Shop

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Shop with a purpose this holiday season! Join us at Freedom Blend Coffee on Hickman Avenue from 1-5pm for our Annual Advent Shop.

We’re gathering together some amazing vendors who will be selling a variety of locally made, socially-conscious, justice-oriented, and handmade goods. Plus, a portion of the sales will be donated to Freedom for Youth and Joppa.

We’ll have gift wrapping services available as well as a DIY Wreath Project available.

For more information on vendors and the organizations we’re supporting, please click here.

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Nov
21
12:00 PM12:00

Simple Feast

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We believe that sharing a meal with someone is a key way to build friendship. With that in mind, we enjoy periodic simple meals together at the end of our Sunday gatherings. This is a great time to invest in each other and celebrate old and new friendships.

Join us after the service, upstairs in the cafeteria, for good food & fellowship!

If you’d like to contribute food, please sign up here. If you’d like to help setup/decorate, please email Kate.

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Nov
4
3:00 AM03:00

Daylight Savings Ends

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Most of us rely on our phones which make the change automatically, but just in case, here's your friendly reminder that Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 4th! Be sure to turn your clocks forward 1 hour or we'll give you a great volunteer job to do if you arrive for church at 9am.

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Aug
26
5:30 PM17:30

Summer BBQ

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Save the date for our annual Summer BBQ on August 26th! We'll be meeting at the Giovanetti Community Center at Walker Johnston Park in Urbandale. 
We will have several people bringing their best smoked meats for the main course and the rest we'll cover potluck-style! 
If your last name begins with:
A-I - please bring a type of salad
J-R - please bring a side dish
S-Z - please bring a dessert

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Jun
1
6:30 PM18:30

The Sisterhood Gathering

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Come join your sisters the first Friday in June us as we discuss together the topic of experiencing freedom from bondage! What are the things that you can not function without? What do you use in excess - that sometimes may enslave you? Join us as we dive in to God's word together and remind each other that we have been set free in Christ! May we all experience the freedom from bondage that Christ offers. We can't wait to see you all there!

Visit the Facebook Page for more information!

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May
27
11:30 AM11:30

Simple Feast

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We believe that sharing a meal with someone is a key way to build friendship. With that in mind, we enjoy periodic simple meals together at the end of our Sunday gatherings. This is a great time to invest in each other and celebrate old and new friendships.

Join us after the service, upstairs in the cafeteria, for good food & fellowship!

If you'd like to bring food, please sign up here.

 

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May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Foundations Passage

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The transition from adolescence to adulthood is full of dramatic change. But Gateway recognizes that what matters most, ultimately, is how Christ works in each student during this key life season.

This year our 5th and 6th graders have journeyed through Foundations - a class designed to cover the basics of the Christian faith and to help them transition gracefully and peacefully into middle school.

Historically the church has encouraged children, when they are ready and have been prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive a blessing by the laying on of hands by the elders. 

On Sunday, May 27 we will be recognizing our Foundations students in front of the congregation. Our goal for this morning is to help students know that they have sisters and brothers in Christ who love and support them, that they are a vital part of the Body of Christ, and that they are capable of embracing their calling not someday, but now.

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

MAKRS.

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We were created to create. Made to make. Whatever it is you make, write, craft, draw, photograph, play, or design this night is for you. Bring a project and let's create together! 

We won't have a communal project this time so make sure to bring something of your own to work on or share. We want this to be an open environment for all sorts of creation so whether is art, music, writing, crafting, technology, photography, or anything else, we invite you to come & share your passion with us!

Please contact Kate Mabee with any questions or if you need directions. 

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Baby Dedication

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Baby Dedication is a practice in which parents commit themselves to raising their children in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Dedicating your child to God is a public sign that you are seeking to bring your children up in the ways of Christ, and as a community we stand with you in that passion. 

This service typically includes a Scripture reading, prayer, and a series of vows spoken by parents and the church. We pray for the parents as they strive to teach their child and for our community as we learn to model Christ to our children.

If you are interested in having your child dedicated please contact Kate: kate@thegatewaychurch.com

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Apr
13
to Apr 14

Men's Retreat

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This year for our Men's Retreat we will be meeting at Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston.

We will gather Friday evening and Saturday morning to hear from our guest speaker, Dr. Ed Ashby. Cost of registration is $50 which will include dinner on Friday and Breakfast on Saturday.

Times:

Friday:  Arrive at 6:30pm, dinner at 6:45pm, program 8:15pm-10:00pm.
Saturday:  Arrive at 7:30am, breakfast at 7:45am, program 9:00am-12:00pm.

Location:

5291 Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston

More about Dr. Ed Ashby:

Dr. Ed Ashby is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of Family Legacy Counseling. In addition to serving as an individual, marriage and family counselor for the past 25 years, Dr. Ashby has been an ordained minister for over 35 years, pastoring churches in California, Ohio, and Iowa. Ed earned his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, and a Masters in Contemporary Ministry from Azusa Pacific University in California.

Dr. Ashby addresses a wide variety of issues in counseling such as depression, anxiety, anger management, and relational conflict. Marital counseling is a major focus of Ed’s work, and along with this emphasis come the individual issues and unresolved hurts that create relational discord. In addition, a significant portion of Ed’s work is helping clients whose self-esteem has been damaged by abuse (physical emotional or sexual) and the resulting difficulties that emerge in their adult lives. Other areas of counseling focus include

  • Addictive behaviors
  • Emotional dysregulation and anger
  • Abuse recovery
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership development
  • Spiritual formation
  • Personal Growth for Christian Leaders

In addition to counseling, Ed works with a wide range of issues within the church, as well as the specific stresses relating to ministerial families. For the past several years, Ed has been engaged in the study of spiritual transformation, the process of spiritual direction and discipleship. This has developed into an additional role as Teaching Pastor within his local church. Ed’s work as a pastor, and his experience in serving on local and regional boards, enable him to speak and coach with empathy, insight, and passion.

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