Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg Commissions Graduates to Engage Hurting People With Jesus

Gregory Perkins, (right) lead pastor of The View Church in Menifee, Calif., received the William O. Crews Presidential Leadership Award and the LifeWay Award in Pastoral Leadership. Gateway Seminary photo

Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg is commissioning 142 Gateway Seminary graduates at five commencement ceremonies across the seminary’s multi-campus system this spring to fulfill the mission of Jesus by engaging hurting people.

Commencement for Gateway’s main campus in Ontario, Calif., was held May 17 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highlight, Calif. At that ceremony, 72 graduates from 16 states and four countries received certificates, diplomas, master’s and doctoral degrees.

“People today are hurting physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually,” Iorg told graduates. “Jesus’ power can change anyone, and you are the conduit through which it flows.”

Reading from Mark 1:40-45, Iorg recalled the story of the leper that illustrates Jesus’ ministry to hurting people. The fact the story is told in Matthew, Mark and Luke underscores its importance as a ministry model, he said.

“The man with leprosy was suffering physically with a skin disease. He was a social outcast, forced to live alone,” Iorg said. “He was also a religious pariah who could not attend a synagogue or go to the Temple. But Jesus was moved with compassion to connect with him — a deep inner stirring that motivated him to action.”

Iorg challenged graduates to move toward hurting people, to engage them relationally and to share the Gospel with them.

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Source: Baptist Press