Ministry

Insights and strategies to accomplish the work of the kingdom from experienced ministry practitioners.

Bible Study Tools

Studying the Bible can be overwhelming. Eric Espinoza provides a list of a few academic resources that can help anyone navigate through scripture.

Eric Espinoza
Student | PhD
Eric Espinoza is a PhD student at Gateway Seminary. Prior to pursuing the PhD, he graduated with his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity. His research interests include Apocalypticism in Matthew, the reception of Isaiah, Daniel, and Septuagint studies. He currently serves as the administrative assistant to the president at Gateway Seminary.

Creative Teaching: Being A Storyteller

Narratives allow people to vividly experience teaching material. Dr. Paul Kelly suggests storytelling as an effective method for bible studies.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.

Creative Teaching: Using Photography

Bible teaching can come alive for students through a variety of techniques. Dr. Paul Kelly introduces the idea of utilizing photography as an effective teaching strategy.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.

Teaching the Poetry of the Bible

Hebrew poetry contains unique features that should lead ministers to teach it a little differently. Dr. Paul Kelly provides three main qualities of Hebrew poetry that help bible teachers navigate its message.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.

Teaching the Bible on Facebook

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced churches to use social media to connect with members and teach scripture. Dr. Kelly gives a few suggestions on how to use Facebook as an effective medium for bible study.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.

Safer at Home

Even during tumultuous times, God's will still remains visible. Dr. Jim Wilson draws the Christian back to scripture to remember part of God's will for his people - to rejoice.

James L. Wilson
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program | Professor of Leadership Formation
Dr. Jim Wilson serves as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and the professor of leadership formation since 2006. Dr. Wilson has continued to serve the local church as an Interim Pastor, Transitional Pastor, Teaching Pastor, and guest speaker. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, retreats and does some International speaking.

7 Daily Questions for the Disciple in Quarantine

No matter the situation, the Christian life is about having fruit-filled seasons of serving the Lord. Dr. Durst suggests seven daily disciplines that serve as good discipleship practices during the coronavirus lockdown.

Rodrick K. Durst
Chair, History/Theological Studies | Professor of Historical Theology
Dr. Rodrick Durst has served as Professor of Historical Theology and a variety of administration roles at Gateway Seminary since 1991. His current research includes a study of emerging church movements, ecclesiology for rapid cell and simple church multiplication, new paths for apologetics, single adults in the church, and faith and film.

Teaching With the End in Mind

The end of a lesson is about seeing the lives of learners transformed by the word of God. Dr. Kelly gives instructions on how to focus on the 'Big Idea' of a bible passage that leads to transformation.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.

Fear of the Unknown

The pandemic heightened people's fear of uncertainty. Through thoughtful biblical reflection of an Old Testament story, Dr. Debbie Steele remarks on the importance of expressing our fears to God as a demonstration of our faith.

Debbie Steele
Professor of Christian Counseling
Dr. Debbie Steele is Professor of Christian Counseling at Gateway Seminary. Prior to Gateway, she was employed by the International Mission Board as an overseas missionary, serving for 12 years in the former Yugoslavia during the civil war, which lasted from 1988-2000. Since 2004, she has operated a private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist, providing Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Bible-based counseling to the local community.

Surprising Community

Though many are worried that social distancing will harm churches, it could be the unexpected catalyst for building community. Dr. Ferguson comments on the transformative factors that the pandemic lockdown can bring for churches.

Kristen Ferguson
Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the vice president of enrollment and student services and associate professor of educational leadership at Gateway Seminary. Her doctoral research at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary investigated evangelical faculty perceptions on online theological education. Her continued research focuses on online course design, blended learning, and online teaching best practices.