Our yearly miracle offering is a practice where we prayerfully commit to seeking God, for how we can join Him through partnering with Gateway Church, to see His Kingdom come to all people.
= Our Building
We have a strong understanding of the miracle of God’s provision in the past and how we are called to steward the miracle now.
We understand our defining moments. We understand we are called to steward the moments and miracles.
These understandings draw us to take great delight in taking care of our building.
Read our defining moments.
It’s our desire to steward the NOW to make room for future provision and miracles.
We are believing that our collective contributions to the Miracle Offering will see a minimum $10,000 of works being completed on the outside office building, guttering and facias from the Miracle Offering.
Parable of the Three Servants (Matthew 25:14-30 NLT)
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
= Making space for
mission and vision
= Reducing our loan
We have been called and mandated to share the good news of Jesus.
By reducing our loan we aim to be ready for the future things that God has planned for us.
This is about being ready to make space for future growth, buildings and spaces for the mission and vision to be outworked effectively.
We are believing that our collective contributions to the Miracle Offering will see a minimum $10,000 being paid off the loan on our buildings and property.
= Church Planting
We were born from a church plant! Because those who went before us responded to the commission to go, Gateway was planted.
What does this look like for us?
We have a strategy to outwork church planting by starting with popup services in four strategic locations across our region. These popup services will be midterm, where all of our Connect Groups will join for an All-In Connect Night but be on mission to reach a location. This is about us using what we already do to reach more people together.
We would like you to be part of our invitation strategy.
We will use social media, local community advertising and letterbox drops to help reach people (Facebook, Instagram, Letterbox, Local Paper). But there is nothing quite like a personal invitation by reaching out to friends, family members, work colleagues and neighbours in the area or even outside who may not come to a Sunday service.
As part of the strategy, we would like to start Connect Groups in these areas if there isn’t one currently, to build toward extension services and church locations that are planted.
We are believing for a groundswell of collective commission from our church.
We are believing that our collective contributions to the Miracle Offering will see a minimum $10,000 put toward purchasing the required tools and venue hire for popup services.
How can I be a part of it?
For each of us; spending time in prayer, asking God, what is it that you would like me or our family to give to this miracle offering? Allowing space for God to speak clearly and activate the gift of faith to believe for provision beyond natural circumstance.
To clarify, this offering is outside of our normal tithes and offerings.
We believe that we are called to have maximum impact as a local church and a church that influences in broader contexts locally and abroad. That’s why we have committed to this annual practice of Building the House through our Miracle Offering. We believe that our building will continue to be developed, be cared for; and as that mission continues, new projects will commence, and our involvement in church planting will flourish. We are believing that as we make way with a generous and sacrificial heart, that the way is made for others to do the same.
It is imperative for each of us to know our defining moments of provision and miracles where God has supplied every need, where we have walked through dry river beds, where we have stood against every opposition, power, principality and stepped into the promises and leading of God.
DEFINING MOMENT – In 1999 Gateway Church was blessed to have Ps. Phil and Glenys join us as Senior Pastors. They led us throughout the next 15 years in faith to see many miracles, promises and defining moments come to pass.
DEFINING MOMENT – We purchased 5 acres on the Bellarine Highway in a massive step of faith and supernatural provision while still renting a building in Geelong West. The church body had been faithful and had paid just over half of the land off on the highway (We still own this land). With a miracle of God’s provision, a couple contributed close to $60,000 to clear the loan with one cheque.
DEFINING MOMENT – After renting a school and setting up for Sunday services week to week, we started renting our current Moolap Station Road building, our first permanent venue. During this time, we had the feeling that this could be home; however, the building was owned by another faith-based organisation. We put together a video to present the vision and mission of our church to the owners. They liked what they saw and partnered with the vision. They gifted us this building for the same price they paid for it many years before. Through God’s miraculous provision, we secured finance with a $50,000 deposit.
We now have a permanent building on 15 acres that has been fit out and developed; making possible our mission of being planted within the greater community.
We could continue with testimony of the financial provisions, the lives changed, the dry river beds crossed, the awe and reverence moments, the provision of projects that have developed the 15 acres of property that we are on.
We now find ourselves in a place where we are believing for even greater defining moments; for miracles and provision that is supernatural and powerful.
So we can continue the work of the Gospel in Geelong, Australia and abroad. We believe that we are personally and collectively called to be out in the community seeing people loved and restored as the gospel reaches them with grace and love.
We are called and purposed in Jesus to participate and contribute to the gospel going out and the Kingdom growing through the local church.
We exist to care for our community and connect every individual and their families to God;
to see them loved, reached, included and restored.
That all would have the opportunity for relationship with God and know God’s grace to all.
Prayerfully consider what your sacrificial contribution will be to see our church built and expanded for the future. It’s not about equal giving but equal sacrifice. As each individual/family plays a part, together we can have a significant impact.
Plan for generosity. Every significant sacrifice requires a plan. Never underestimate the power of budgeting for your generosity.
Put your commitment into action by bringing your offering on September 22nd. (You are welcome to give over a number of weeks if needed)
Ways to Give
Cash/Credit Card or Giving Envelope
Collect from Community Hub
At the cafe in the foyer on Sundays
Direct Bank Deposit
BSB: 013 645 | Acc No: 3052 96471
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Description: Miracle Offering
Contribue your time and talent through building maintenance, repairs, construction, fabrication and cleaning.
Joining the Commission
Join us as we pursue the commission God has given us to make disciples.