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August 29, 2018
The Revitalization of a Student Ministry
Gary Derbyshire

Photo Credit: Jeremy Rodriguez Sitting in my office at Gateway Fellowship knowing this is my last week as a youth pastor is so surreal. Selling a house, transitioning three different ministries, and saying goodbye to so many people I love has given me little time for writing though there is much to write about. Last […]

March 20, 2018
6 Signs You're Treating Your Church like a Restaurant
Gary Derbyshire

This is the fourth installment of the What is a Church series, started back in 2017. To read past articles on this series, click these links: 5 Signs You are Treating Your Church Like a Nonprofit 6 Signs You are Treating Your Church Like a Gym 7 Signs You are Treating Your Church Like a […]

November 21, 2017
5 Thoughts from Arizona Southern Baptist Leaders
Gary Derbyshire

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting at First Southern Baptist Church of Tucson. It was a great time of spiritual renewal, challenging sermons, quality time with some other youth pastors and local church planters, and encouraging news from churches God is using all around our great […]

October 18, 2017
6 Thoughts on Church Revitalization from a Replant Conference
Gary Derbyshire

On a sunny Thursday in Phoenix, Larry Deskins and I, Senior Pastor and Youth Pastor of Gateway Fellowship, stepped into First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix to attend a revitalization conference hosted by our state convention. It was a great conference with two exceptional guest speakers in Richard Blackaby and Mark Clifton. Here are 6 […]

September 12, 2017
5 Signs You're Treating Your Church Like a Nonprofit
Gary Derbyshire

This is the third installment of the What is a Church series! Let’s get right to it. In the New Testament, a local church was a "called out assembly" or ekklesia, of people, whose foundation was Jesus Christ the Son of God and goal was to magnify and reproduce the glory of God. Certainly, local churches express […]

September 5, 2017
7 Signs You're Treating Your Church Like a School
Gary Derbyshire

This is the second installment of the What is a Church series. You can check out the first one here. Let’s get right to it. In the New Testament, a local church was a "called out assembly" or ekklesia, of people, whose foundation was Jesus Christ the Son of God and whose goal was to magnify and reproduce […]

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