Published in Jerusalem

Open air evangelism program

Mission Statement

Open Air, through Gateway Church, is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the beliefs of the evangelical Christian faith, to maintain the worship of God, and to inspire in all persons a love for Christ, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and their fellow human beings.  We pledge our lives to Christ and covenant with each other to demonstrate His Spirit through worship, witnessing, and ministry to the needs of the people of this church and the community.

Our mission is to carry the gospel, show God's love and fellowship to the unchurched, the alienated, and the excommunicated through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit in obedience to the Great Commission.

Volunteer Guidelines

The following guidelines are in line with 2 Corinthians 6:3 - “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited”

Our Purpose

We are called to minister in our local Jerusalem to men, women and children in cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.

Our statement of conduct

I personally commit to adhere to the following principles as I seek to fulfil Christ’s commission in an appropriate manner.

I will act in God’s love, I believe that God is the source of all love and, accordingly, in my witness I am called to live a life of love and to love my neighbour as myself (Matthew 22:34-40; John 14:15).  I will imitate Jesus Christ in all aspects of life, and especially in my witness, I am called to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, sharing his love, giving glory and honour to God, the Father, in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23).  I will conduct myself with integrity, charity, compassion and humility, and overcome all arrogance, condescension and disparagement (Galatians 5:22).  I am called to act justly and to love tenderly (Micah 6:8).  I am further called to serve others and in so doing to recognize Christ in the least of their sisters and brothers (Matthew 25:45).  I will not spend time alone with one Community Member.  I will always be in the sight of others.  I will not initiate or allow anyone to have physical contact with community members without staff advisement and the permission of the Community Member.  I will not share personal contact details with Community Members without the express permission of the person in charge.  I will not discuss my personal political or worldviews with any community member.  I will not accept money or gifts from Community Members for services rendered.  I will always dress modestly and will not wear clothing portraying alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, sexual or violent themes, or other inappropriate advertising.  I will respect my fellow volunteers and community members and will not participate in gossiping and unethical behaviour.  As an integral part of my witness to the gospel, I believe in exercising ministries of healing.  However, I will exercise discernment as I carry out these ministries, fully respecting human dignity and ensuring that the vulnerability of people and their need for healing are not exploited.  I reject all forms of violence, even psychological or social, including the abuse of power in my witness.  I commit myself to work with all people in mutual respect, promoting together justice, peace and the common good.  I will respect all people.

In entering this agreement, I acknowledge that I am accountable to God, Gateway Church and  my fellow volunteers and will at all times be truthful and bound by this commitment.

Paul‘s model of ministry

Acts 14:21-28 - They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.  Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.  After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.  On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.  And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

  1. PRAY: Paul prayed and taught his disciples to pray. And as they prayed, God directed them to new areas. (Acts 14:23)
  2. EVANGELIZE: Paul pointed to Jesus, telling everyone the good news of the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. (Acts 14:21)
  3. MAKE DISCIPLES: Paul discipled new believers, helping them to live like followers of Jesus, even when they were persecuted. (Acts 14:21-22)
  4. GATHER TOGETHER: Paul gathered the new believers into new churches. He did not leave them alone, but always brought them together in community, so that they could help and encourage one another and establish a lasting witness and presence of Jesus Christ in the community. (Acts 14:23)
  5. DEVELOP LEADERS: Paul appointed and discipled leaders. He knew he could not do the work alone, so he always worked in a team, beginning with Barnabas. (Acts 14:23)
  6. MULTIPLY CHURCHES: The church in Antioch planted new churches through Paul and his ministry team. The Antioch church is a good model of a multiplying church. It even sent its senior leaders to plant new churches. (Acts 14:26-28)

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 - Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

Advice for new evangelists/missionaries

  1. Fear God and you need not fear man.
  2. Never lose your confidence in the Gospel.
  3. Believe God.
  4. Be ready to preach or pray ... at a moment’s notice.
  5. It is an honour to suffer dishonour, disgrace, or discomfort for His sake.
  6. Learn to look at each situation from God’s perspective.
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We are a dynamic and diverse, multi-racial family in Christ, who believe in the principle of “each one - reach one” (what you are taught you should be able to teach to others effectively).

We believe that all Christians are disciples who should be equipped correctly to disciple others.  God has already prepared and purposed our “good works” when we gave our lives to serve Christ, we need simply to step into being obedient and fulfilling them.

“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10. 

 

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