pandemic

Pastoring During A Pandemic

Churches faced adversity during the coronavirus lockdowns, and many tried various strategies to survive. Pastor Brian Simms at CrossPointe Church was not afraid to make any necessary changes and ended up yielding unexpected growth.

Alex Hopper
Student | Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
Alex Hopper is a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling student and serves as part of the administrative staff at Gateway. She and her husband look to plant a church in the Bay Area in Fall of '22.

Making the Most of Christmas

In response to this "Christmas Creep", Dr. Iorg urges leaders to maximize this cultural phenomenon by offering people the true hope of Christmas rooted in the gospel of Jesus.

Jeff Iorg
President
Dr. Jeff Iorg is the president 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.

When I Don’t Feel Like Teaching

There are certain times when bible teachers just do not feel like teaching. Dr. Kelly gives his personal take on when days like these occur.

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.

Christian Faith & Pestilence

Christians have risked their lives in caring for the sick and dying throughout history. Dr. Rodrick Durst cites multiple historical accounts pointing to the sacrificial ethic of the church in times of plagues.

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.

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.

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
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education 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.

Connecting with Teenagers During the Coronavirus Lockdown

The transition to a completely online world due to the coronavirus lockdown can have ramifications for youth. Dr. Kelly provides reasons to stay connected to teenagers as much as possible.

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.

Connecting Members to Members (and Beyond) in the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this third discussion of how education theory can inform ways to create a healthy community at a distance, Dr. Ferguson gives church leadership strategies on how they can facilitate member-to-member connection.

Kristen Ferguson
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education 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.

Connecting Members to Leaders In the COVID-19 Pandemic

In continuing the conversation on how education theory can inform ways to create a healthy community from a distance, Dr. Ferguson discusses ways church leadership can facilitate interaction and communication with members.

Kristen Ferguson
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education 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.