Not long ago, I was standing in the lobby during a weekend service and a lady, seeing my shiny name tag, approached me with a question: “Why doesn’t Gateway have a ministry to help people who are disabled and can’t leave their homes? My other church had a ministry that took them meals.” I responded to her with a question, “Are you wanting to see people who can’t leave their homes ministered to?” She replied with a passionate, “Yes!” and told me she had been talking to friends about how Gateway needs to do something to meet this need.

After a few minutes of talking, I asked her an important question: “Do you think God might be asking you to do this?” She had a puzzled look and said, “I don’t know how I would do it if He was.” I reassured her and explained, “If you and your friends are passionate about this, it sounds like you have a Gateway Group that could meet this need.” 

Maybe you’ve asked a similar question: Why doesn’t Gateway do this? As a staff member, I hear questions like this more often than you’d think. Someone has a passion for something, sees a need, or wants to do an activity with other attendees and will ask me why Gateway doesn’t do something. 

Sure, I could’ve taken her idea and said, “I’ll make sure someone on staff does something about this.” But by doing that I would rob her of the joy, opportunity, and fulfillment of doing what God put in her heart. My job in this scenario is to equip her to do the work God has called her to do. It’s what Paul’s talking about when he explains the role of pastors in Ephesians 4:12: “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” This lady and her friends saw a need, and I’m excited to report that she is currently in the pipeline to be a group leader.

One of my favorite things about Gateway is our small group structure. I love it because a group can do most any activity, curriculum, or passion its members want. The goal of every Gateway Group is to create a safe place where you can talk about life. I got involved at Gateway because I liked running and was invited to join a running group. When my group ran together, a safe place was created and over time when life’s hurdles were thrown my way, I had a place to process. I wasn’t alone. 

If you love to fish, you can lead a group. If you want to try new restaurants, you can lead a group. If you want to see more people serving at a food bank, you can lead a group. 

If you are passionate about becoming more like Jesus by studying the Bible with some trusted friends, you can lead a group. If you want to try and master underwater basket weaving with some people, you can lead a group! 

What’s your passion? Is there an activity, ministry, or outreach you’d like to see Gateway do? Is it possible God’s asking you to lead it? If He is, I want you to know you can do it. We will equip you to do what God has put in your heart. You’ll receive covering, training, and resources. And best of all, you won’t be alone! 

 

Interested in leading a group? Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com and click “Lead a Group.”