Ada — On June 8, Ada’s Gateway Church congregation will join Life Community Church in the first official service in which the Gateway congregation is blended into the LCC congregation.
LCC Senior Pastor Mickey Keith and Gateway Church Pastor Jesse Rodgers began planning this development in recent months after Rodgers decided to follow a new ministerial direction after his 30 years in ministry and 13 years since founding Gateway.
In seeking an area church and congregation that would provide a like-minded community of believers, Rodgers contacted Keith in March and the two began discussing the potential for Gateway members to join LCC.
As their discussions continued, Keith said he began to envision this process as a “blending” of the former Gateway congregation into the family of LCC, rather than as a merger of one church into another.
“Blending is to mix separate ingredients smoothly and inseparably together, and this is truly how we envision this process,” Keith said. “We are opening our house of worship to those who wish to be a part of our congregation and in joining our church, they are blended into our family and our congregation.”
Over the past several weeks, Keith has participated in Wednesday night services at Gateway, and he has also addressed the Gateway congregation at its Sunday service.
At the very beginning of this process, he also opened dialogue with members of the LCC congregation to ensure their understanding and support.
Rodgers has expressed his own thoughts on the development.
“Pastor Mickey has been doing a marvelous job of casting vision and establishing mission for this blending,” Rodgers said. “Pastor Mickey and Glenda’s amicable leadership style has made it easy for Gateway to come ‘together’ as one. I believe Life Community is divinely poised, positioned and prepared for greater effectiveness, impact and results.”
Citing Psalm 133, Rodgers said, “How refreshing and Godlike for brethren to come together in unity.”