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Story.

May your kingdom come, your will be done, in Des Moines as it is in heaven.

The Gateway Church began in March 2009 with a small group of 15 people meeting in a living room west of town. We envisioned living out together the way of Jesus in the heart of Des Moines. We started by loving our city in whatever simple ways his Spirit would lead us to imagine. As a result, people from across all spectrums of life and faith have been captivated by the beauty of the gospel and begun a journey of following Christ within our church.

 
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Beliefs.

The Gateway Church is a non-denominational church that believes in the authority of the Christian Scriptures for our life and practice.

We hold to the essential orthodox Christian beliefs, as best expressed in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. These historic creeds connect us with the long history of Christian faith, and we join with centuries of Christians in affirming these beliefs. At Gateway we are exploring not only what the creed meant in the early centuries but also its ongoing importance and relevance for Christian faith and practice today.

 
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Mission.

“Through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection the power of evil has been defeated, the new creation has been launched and his followers have been commissioned and equipped to put that victory and the inaugurated new world into practice." - NT Wright

Love God

We want to change people’s hearts with the gospel. Our church seeks to create expressions of worship that become tangible encounters with God. Through the word, the body, the sacraments, art, prayer, and music we seek to create holy space where people can encounter the living Christ. 

 

Love People

We want to create a new community with the gospel. This happens as people live out their faith in community: growing in truth, sharing their lives, and living out the values of the New Testament church. 

 

Joining God in the Renewal of All Things

We want exhibit, proclaim and live out the gospel in the world and through our love and service to work for the common good. Our vision is not just for people to attend church, but to be the church. We believe that God has placed within each of us gifts, passions and abilities to build the church and bring the kingdom of heaven on earth. 

 
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Values.

Our values define who we are as individuals and who we will be together as a church.

Worship

Worship is the act of ascribing ultimate value to God in a way that energizes and engages your whole person - mind, will, and emotions.

Beauty

We have been called to express the vision of New Creation through arts, culture, and career.

Imagination

We desire to unleash the creativity inside the human spirit to change the world. 

 

Life-Giving Community

God is forming a family out of strangers. In this community we love and serve and become. Community therefore becomes our best expression of the gospel and the living declaration of the power of Christ to change us. 

Life-Changing Truth

Gateway is a place to ask honest questions and get honest answers, equipping Christ followers to know, love, and serve God and His people. 

Life-Long Spiritual Growth

Discipleship is the life-long process of turning everything over to the authority of Christ. 

Global Outreach

We are committed to joining God in the renewing of all things through the proclamation and representation of the Kingdom of God on earth. Displaying a spirit of generosity in a needy world.

Community Transformation

Gateway is a countercultural movement for the common good. We desire to love and serve our city as good neighbors and resident aliens impacting and influencing the lives of thousands of people in creative and life-giving ways.

Church Planting

It is our desire to identify, equip and reproduce servant-hearted leaders at every level committed to expanding the kingdom of God through the reproduction of small groups, services, campuses, and churches.