2014 was truly an amazing year! God has done incredible and mighty works in and through the Gateway Church family, and I have loved watching how you have allowed the Lord to transform your hearts, minds, and lives throughout this past year.
As we gathered the numbers for the annual report, I was reminded of Deuteronomy 32:7, “‘Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.’” God knew that His children would eventually become complacent and foolishly forget their past and what the Lord did for them, so they were charged to remember the Lord’s hand. Our annual report is a way for us to remember, to consider the year. We’ve compiled this information, not for our own pride or for a pat on the back, but for generations to see and say that the Lord is good.
At Gateway, our motto is “we’re all about people.” The reason we’re all about people is because we’re all about God, and God is all about people. My hope is that as you look at the numbers in this report, you see that behind the numbers are real people—every number has a name, and every name has a story.
Here are some highlights from 2014:
I’d like to challenge us to be a church who remembers with gratitude our story and how far the Lord has taken us. In Psalm 105:5 we read, “Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.” Let the reminder of God’s goodness this past year inspire us to continue to actively and passionately pursue the vision of seeing people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving.Blessings,
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This past year was a big one for the Grand Prairie Campus! Not only did we create the blueprint and master plan that would drive the improvements and updates, we’ve started the construction, and it’s moving along smoothly. With the newly added elements, such as a bookstore, café, classrooms, expanded kids area, and renovated Auditorium, the Grand Prairie Campus has the capacity to become one of the largest campuses. We hope to finish the renovations and celebrate their completion in the fall of 2015.
Attendance is still increasing at the Southlake Campus—especially on big weekends like Easter and Christmas when many people attend as first-time guests. We want everyone to feel like there is a spot for him or her. We have drawn up the plans and are expecting the permit approval any day now. We’ll begin in the spring of 2015 to create 434 new parking spaces.
If you’ve ever seen Frisco’s Lobby after a service, you know it’s packed to the gills. But we have a plan! We already have the preliminary drawings to expand the Lobby and plans to offer capabilities similar to the other campuses.
The NRH Campus is constantly bristling with activity, and they need more space for events and ministry classes. We have plans drafted for a full remodel, including space for more Equip classrooms, a renovated and expanded kids area, and increased capabilities similar to the other campuses.
The addition of new extension campuses has been on the hearts of Gateway’s elders for some time now. We have identified two targeted areas in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, specifically surrounding the North Fort Worth and Frisco Campuses. The new campuses would help relieve the overflow issues at both the North Fort Worth and Frisco Campuses and help further the Lord’s work in those areas. We are prayerfully dependent on God’s leading as we identify new locations and campuses.