An identity crisis is a period of uncertainty or instability in a person’s life. They are not uncommon. In fact, they are a rite of passage – a part of growing up and growing older in any culture or context. An identity crisis is often experienced during personal upheaval – like a broken relationship, serious health problem, professional setback, or death of an influential person. When going through an identity crisis, we question who we are, why we are here, what really matters, and what choices we should make to move forward.

When a person has an identity crisis, the solution is often found in foundational truths and commitments. That’s why religious faith and healthy family relationships often provide solutions – and a safe haven to discover those solutions – to people struggling with identity issues. For Christians, our theological commitments establish our identity. We are “in Christ” – a phrase used more than 80 times in the New Testament – which describes our core identity. We are not “in a relationship” or “in debt” or “in a political movement” or “in America” (or any other country). We are in Christ, which becomes our defining identity.

Since we are in Christ, we can find solutions to so many of the issues which prompt what is labeled an identity crisis. We discover answers to questions about gender, sexuality, morality, and marriage. We also find solutions to questions about wealth, position, and status. We can get help with determining the importance of race, ethnicity, and culture. The Christian worldview addresses all these issues and helps us put them together cogently. But – and this is the key – all these other identity issues revolve around and are resolved by being “in Christ.”

This week at Gateway we are addressing issues related to identity culture. We are confronting the current cultural mandate to pursue expressive individualism to find and fulfill true identity. We are advocating for submissive inclusivity instead of expressive individualism. We promote being in Christ, not looking within yourself, for solutions to core identity issues.

Our annual Intersect Conference on Thursday, November 2, is about confronting identity culture with better solutions to the identity crises prevalent in our culture. Join us for a good day of learning together.


INTERSECT 2023 | IDENTITY CULTURE


To Live Biblically – My Family

My oldest son, Micah, has Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a neurological disorder he was diagnosed with at 5 months of age. He is non-verbal, cognitively around 3-4 years old, and has some significant behavioral issues.

Kelly Womack
Trustee at Gateway Seminary
Kelly Womack lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas with her husband and sons. She earned a MDiv from Gateway Seminary in 2003.

Thank You and Goodbye

Dr. Iorg expresses thanks to all who made his time at Gateway Seminary remarkable.

Jeff Iorg
President Emeritus
Dr. Jeff Iorg is the president emeritus of Gateway Seminary. Prior to his service at the Seminary, Dr. Iorg was the Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention for almost ten years. He was also the founding pastor of Greater Gresham Baptist Church in Gresham, Oregon, and has served as a pastor in Missouri and a staff pastor in Texas.

Moving Into the Future

Gateway Seminary has selected Dr. Adam Groza as our eighth president.

Jeff Iorg
President Emeritus
Dr. Jeff Iorg is the president emeritus of Gateway Seminary. Prior to his service at the Seminary, Dr. Iorg was the Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention for almost ten years. He was also the founding pastor of Greater Gresham Baptist Church in Gresham, Oregon, and has served as a pastor in Missouri and a staff pastor in Texas.