“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me'”
Luke 9:23

This past Holy week, many of our pastors and lay leaders in the Gateway Conference denied themselves. What did they deny? They made choices to not slip into the comfort of “This is how we do Easter.” The temptation was to limit themselves in discipleship, exhortation and celebration due to restrictions, lack of community and lagging attendance. INSTEAD, Gateway leaders prayed, discerned and collaborated on NEW ideas with safe and strategic approaches to promote and produce life-giving spiritual moments! They denied themselves comfort, easy days and predictable ministry.

What do they have to show for it?

*Churches that became vaccine distribution centers.
*Churches that sent out creative online spiritual moments.
*Churches that met more often in smaller groups throughout the week.
*Churches that reached out to the hungry and less fortunate.
*Churches that recorded record attendance on Easter Sunday… despite COVID.
* A church that has affiliated with Gateway.
* A NEW CHURCH LAUNCHING with 287 in attendance!

It is a DAILY following that Christ is calling us to. A daily following to the edges, to the difficult places, to the darkness to bring LIGHT. The light of HIS Spirit. In 2000 years this light has remained unchanged and the cost is unchanged too. A denial of self for HIS sake. 

I see you. May God bless you for your sacrifices.

On the Adventure,

Supt. Ben  
Durley Camp Work Day This Saturday, April 10.

Exciting News! We get to have camp this year! Last year we cancelled our work day and as we prepare for this year's season, we would love your help to get our grounds ready to welcome the kids back! We will have painting, landscaping, cleaning, work projects, getting the boats ready, working on the waterfront, and more! Please grab a friend and come join the fun. 

Exciting reasons to join us this year for the Work Day:
Saturday, April 10, 2021 9:00am—2:00pm
· Lunch and drinks provided
· Work for more than 2 hours and receive a $25 voucher to give to a kid wanting to attend camp this year (one voucher per family)
· We will also be giving away gift cards on the hour for those present on the grounds! Espressions Coffee, Marcoot Creamery, Mario’s Pizza, Jo's Java, and DQ!!
Contact Sarah Vanderkwaak at (618) 367-5684 or durleyrentals@gmail.com for more information on the work day, or to schedule another time to give of your time to Durley Camp!
Bishop Keith Cowart’s article on the third value of The Free Methodist Way. Bishop Cowart issues a wakeup call that our current reality doesn’t reflect the multiplying nature of the kingdom of God.

You’ll want to take advantage of the Light+Life Small Group Discussion Guide based on Bishop Keith’s article as well.

Resources from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

Employee Retention Credit Could Aid Ministries

Did you know that Christian churches and nonprofits could be eligible to claim the federal Employee Retention Credit, even if they received PPP funding? Our ministry payroll services provider, MinistryWorks, has dug into the details and developed an article explaining the Employee Retention Credit, its eligibility requirements, and how to claim this refundable tax credit. If your ministry lost significant revenue or suspended at least part of its operations due to COVID-19 mandates, the ERC may be worth exploring.

Don’t Miss Out!
Watch Our Church Security Webinar

More than 1,000 ministry leaders joined us for a discussion about four safety and security questions churches are asking in 2021:
  • How can I engage my safety team as a ministry?
  • What do I need to know to identify and minister to people in crisis?
  • What is my safety team’s role in protecting ministries against emerging threats?
  • How can my team attempt to de-escalate a crisis situation?

Our panelists include two church security specialists and an associate pastor who oversees safety and security at his church. You’ll want to hear what they say.

Durley Camp & Retreat Center Invites you to
Lunch By The Lake
Saturday, April 17

Join us for an outdoor (Covid friendly) picnic-style meal, all food provided (donations accepted)
[dress casually for outdoor weather under the tabernacle]

You will enjoy:
·       A special time of honoring Deb & Lloyd Lewis
·       Update report on the status of the camp
·       Ways you can support the ministry of Durley Camp Interactive activity options: firepit/s'mores, canoes, scavenger hunt and more!

Please R.S.V.P. by April 12, 2021
618-664-2584 or Durleycamp1@gmail.com
Upcoming Events
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April 10-Durley Camp Work Day

April 17-Lunch On the Lake 2021

April 23-25-In-Person and Virtual Men's Retreat, Sky Lodge Christian Camp

May 31-Letter of Inquiry for Local Church Initiative Grants due

Durley Summer 2021 Camp Schedule:
June 4-6-Senior Teen Weekend
June 7-13-Family Camp Week
June 14-18-Young Teen 1
June 23-25-Trailblazer
June 26-Day Camp
June 28-July 2-Young Teen 2
July 5-8-Guide

August 7- Date Change: One-Day Leadership Summit (more details coming soon)

Looking ahead to 2022:

February 19-Safety Training with Ed Sanow-Greenville FMC

March 10-22-Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy-E2022 [HER]STORY
Grapevine, Texas

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The Gateway Conference Office exists to energize and equip pastors and lay leaders to M.O.V.E.:

Mission Assessment
Organize Data
Visioneer A New Future
Engage The Plan
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