2010 was a memorable year for us – some great highs and some tough lows. It’s good to look back at what God has done, to stir faith for what He will do. So here are some of the highlights for The Gateway Church in 2010.
It was a year of laying deep foundations. We kicked of the year with a mini series on worship with David Hutton’s four songs we sing, followed by my exhortation to live in the good of 1 Cor 14:26 – when you come together, everyone has a… We have seen great progress in the bringing of contributions in our meetings this year!
In February we were exhorted to “establish your heart” – an exhortation to settle Jesus is Lord and live for Him.
We began to invite in apostolic and prophetic ministies to lay good deposits among us. Mike Bollinger’s prophetic preach and ministry on “Jacob – no longer 2nd best” was helpful to many who live under a shadow of performance.
Edward & Fridah Buria’s visit in October was amazing and truly apostolic, raising faith for a move of God and laying some helpful foundations in an under-hyped way was so releasing!
We saw new gifting emerge and flourish amongst us – including David Taylor’s first preach at The Gateway and Tiff’s growing confidence in leading worship.
For me, the Help for Heroes Chinese Buffet and Charity Auction was a highlight to the year, 120 people, a mountain of food, lots of lots and a pile of cash for a good cause was a great evening.
In October The Gateway Church transitioned from being a church plant to a church as David Hutton & I became elders. In one sense nothing changed, but in another everything changed as the Church became established.
The recent carol service was another highlight – a packed room of people, the band doing an amazing job and some surprisingly good acting from Katie, Ches and David “Mr Nowhere Man” Hutton!
Personally I had a great March month of celebrations of hitting the big 40, which finished with a long weekend in Prague – a beautiful city. We found some great places to eat in Norfolk including The Oak in Fakenham and The Yurt which is unique. I read some great books – Isaiah – God saves sinners by Ray Ortlund – which has helped make sense of that great Biblical book. Straight to the Heart of Acts by Phil Moore and Inside Out by Mike Betts have also been great reads!
Earlier in the year
I talked about a prophetic word of being at a nice spacious plateau with three hills ahead of higher places in God for us. In the prophecy people wanted to stay on the plateau and I was exhorted to stir vision and joy for the journey to get up the hills. I felt the hills, represented our small groups, leadership development and evangelistic success – all of which were keeping us plateau’d. We have been working on all three and I am delighted with our small groups and leadership development program and am calling on God for our first adult new disciples to come through.
All in all a great year with much to look forward to. Please give your lives to the Local church, our best prayers, our giftings, our finances. Let’s work hard at establishing our hearts, pressing on in grace and love for one another and see God do something amazing through us!