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403 (b) Plan available to Churches and their Employees.

The Gateway Conference Board of Administration voted to begin a 403 (b) Retirement Plan through Guidestream (an FM Financial Company) beginning January 1, 2024

A 403(b) is a tax-advantaged retirement plan for employees of non-profit organizations, like churches and hospitals, as well as some public-sector workers such as teachers and librarians.

As with all employer-sponsored retirement plans, 403(b)s offer tax-efficient growth for your retirement savings. This means the investments you buy and sell in your account are free of capital gains taxes, which helps you build your nest egg for retirement.

Gateway Conference will offer a Roth 403(b), you will fund your account with money that’s already been taxed. You won’t pay any taxes when you withdraw money from the account later—even on investment earnings, no matter how much your money has earned.

Quick look at the offered 403 (b) Plan:

1)     This is a Roth 403 (b) plan (meaning after-taxes deduction)

2)     This is a voluntary plan. Employees are not required to enroll.

3)     All employees (those who receive a W-2) can enroll in this plan if they would like to.

4)     Employee will need to check the second box on the Salary Reduction Agreement (the one that says on an after-tax basis -Roth)

5)     Minimum of $50 per month to enroll

6)     In order to sign up: contact Michelle Boyd at [email protected]

7)     Complete form that is sent to you and use link on form to schedule a short phone call with Advisor Ridge Foco to determine an invest strategy best suited for employee. 

Click here for GuideStream (an FM Financial Company) 403 (b) info at a glance information

Click here for more information on the plan

Click here to contact Gateway Conference to enroll

Reaching the Nones: Your Gateway to Understanding the Faithless

(from ACS Technologies)

Before you can build a plan to reach them, you need to learn to understand the Nones. The new free guide, America's Largest Faith Group: The Faithless, will help. Based upon the American Beliefs Study, this study gives insights you can't get anywhere else.

America’s religious landscape is changing. The “Nones”—those with no religious affiliation—are the fastest-growing group in the country. 

Churches like yours are left scratching their heads, wondering how to reach this group that’s unlike any other. 

Traditional outreach efforts are often built on a basic belief system. 

How do you reach people who don’t ascribe to traditional religious beliefs?

Before you can build a plan to reach them, you need to learn to understand the Nones. The new free 21-page guide from ACS Technologies, America’s Largest Faith Group: The Faithless, will help. Based upon the American Beliefs Study, this study gives insights you can’t get anywhere else.

For example, you’ll:  

  •  Learn who the Americans who identify with no specific faith are.
  • Uncover the most consequential facts and myths about the Nones.
  • Discover what the Nones see as their biggest concerns.

Click here to contact the conference office to request a copy.

Learn to Nuture Generosity (from ACS Technologies

You know how important it is to the mission of Jesus in the world, but it’s hard to talk about money. But with studies showing that 37% of regular attendees are not giving, we can't ignore this important topic anymore.

In our FREE guide, "Nurturing Generosity: Helping Members Take Their Next Step in Biblical Stewardship," we’ll give you the tools to help people grow in their generosity baby step by baby step, so you can talk to your members about money without causing anxiety.

Click here to contact the conference office to request a copy.




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FMX SUMMIT Event: Monday, March 4 (1pm-5) – March 5 (8:30 -11:30)

Exponential Global Conference: Tuesday, March 5 (1pm) –March 7 (12pm)

Orlando, Florida – First Baptist Church


We have a total 150 Free Registrations for FM Summit & Exponential Global Conference available on a first come, first serve basis. (For the free registration, register ONLY through us and NOT through Exponential. It is necessary to attend the FMX Summit to receive the free Exponential registration. Travel, lodging and meals are not included.)


Registration link: Exponential Global Conference + FMX Summit registration


Please feel free to pass on the registration link out to any FM leaders or pastors. It’s FREE to register.  


Our FMX SUMMIT will include world-class communicators, FM focused workshops, FM networking times, anointed worship and prayer. More info as we get closer. 


Here’s some info on EXPONENTIAL GLOBAL 2024 - (https://exponential.org/events/) It is with a strong sense that God is calling us back to the primary purpose of the church that the Exponential Big Idea for 2024 will be One Eighty: The Return to Disciple Making. In order for churches to return to Biblical disciple making we will need to pivot and make the following one-eighties… From Reaching To Making / From Informing To Equipping / From Programming To Relationship / From Activity To Intentionality / From Accumulating To Deploying  

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

November 10-11-Encounter (Church Planter Mentorship), Durley Camp & Retreat Center

December 2-Gateway Conference Christmas Luncheon (for Pastors and Gateway Board and Committee Members). Invitations will be mailed in early November.

Looking Ahead:

Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 20, Greenville FMC

Click here for more information

The word MINISTRY written in vintage letterpress type

Superintendent's Schedule:

November 1-IL Faith & Recovery Collaborative Advisory Groups

November 7-BOA meeting

November 10-11-Encounter (Church Planter Mentorship), Greenville, IL

November 13-African American Round Table, Ministries United, Florissant, MO

December 2-Gateway Conference Christmas Luncheon (for Pastors and Gateway Board and Committee Members)

December 5-7-Supt.'s Meetings with Bishop Cowart

December 10-Membership Class, Lamar, MO

December 14-Membership Class, Cave-in-the-Rock, IL

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