At Gateway we seek to provide spiritual formation primarily through community. While there is much that can be learned in a classroom, discipleship is much more about hands-on learning with another committed disciple and being immersed within a community of disciples. Gateway is built upon a network small, medium and large groups that meet throughout the city, then gather on Sundays to share how the kingdom of God has become a reality in their lives.
Sunday gatherings help people discover a meaningful relationship with Christ and grow in spiritual development. This is a time for the broader church family to gather together around the preaching of the word, the eucharist of Christ's body and blood, giving of resources to the life of the church body, and communal celebration of who God is and what He is doing in our lives.
Missional Communities are made up of several Gateway Groups and organized around a shared mission. Each Missional Community serves its neighbors in order to create long-lasting change in the relationships, institutions, and overall conditions of our city, especially focusing upon those in greatest need.
Gateway places a heavy emphasis on small groups and the necessity of deep community. God’s purpose in history is not simply to save individual souls but to create a new humanity, a people with a communal life that reflects the future kingdom of God. These small groups of 5-15 help people grow and develop as followers of Jesus by gathering on a regular basis for prayer, laughter, Bible study, support, and encouragement.
In an Apprenticeship Guild one Gateway leader invests their time, energy, skills, and life into another, teaching them to do what they do. Most of these guilds are based within our Gateway Groups. Each guild journeys together through a year-long Apprenticeship Guide which provides a solid theological, gospel-centered plan for spiritual growth and discipleship.
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