2015 was a great year at Gateway Church! We know it’s because of God, but it’s also because of your serving, your giving, and your praying that lives have been changed, not just at Gateway but also around the world. Because of you, thousands of people accepted Christ this year at Gateway. Because of you, thousands more experienced healing from past hurts and wounds as well as freedom from bondages and addictions.
I’ve had so many people come up to me and say, “I have been a Christian for years, but because of what God’s done in my life through Gateway, I have fallen in love with the Lord again. My whole life has been changed!” I also had someone tell me recently, “I came to Gateway right after a tragedy, and if it weren’t for the people at Gateway, I don’t think that I would have made it.”
I just want to say thank you! Thank you for the love and support that you give to people every day. People’s lives are being changed every day at our church, and it’s all because of God and you! Because of the way you go beyond yourself to love people, care for people, and reach out to people.
Just this week, I was reading in the Scripture about when God sent Elijah, His prophet, to a widow who would provide for him during a drought. When he arrived, the widow only had a handful of flour and a little oil left—enough for one meal for herself and her son. “And Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: “The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.”’ So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:13–16).
Think about that: for the rest of the drought, her bin of flour and jar of oil did not run dry. It’s because the Lord had spoken and because she gave to God. Now, there are many, many times when we feel just like that widow. We think that what we have is a very small amount. But when we give that small amount to God—our serving, our giving, our praying—God also provides for us, even in a drought. And that’s exactly what I see has happened here at Gateway Church time and time again. As we continue to be a blessing to other people, God, in the midst of it, provides for all of us.
Some of us go through difficult times where we only have very little, and yet we’re still a blessing to others. You are a blessing! And I’m so grateful, and I’m so thankful for that. I want to encourage you with this: at Gateway Church, I feel like we’ve moved past praying, “God, bless me,” to praying, “God, help me to be a blessing to someone else.” And I want to say as your pastor, thank you, and I am very, very proud of you!
2016 is also going to be a great year! We are going to move forward and reach more people. We are going to continue to passionately pursue the Lord and pursue helping every person that God brings to us. Thank you so much for all you do for the Lord and for the church. I love you, and I am grateful to be your pastor.Blessings,
We purchased our Dallas Campus in December 2015, and we’re so excited to hold our first services on March 5–6! To get ready for the launch, we’ve already made several updates. The building was beautiful to begin with, but it needed a few additions. To start, we renovated the children’s area to match the Amazing Kids theme at our other campuses. But there’s still more to do! We’re going to build a café and a bookstore, purchase technical equipment to make communication among the campuses possible, and more modifications to enhance the campus.
If you’ve ever been to the Frisco Campus, you know we’re bursting at the seams. At our 10:45 am Sunday service, we literally have a second congregation in overflow in the Lobby. To relieve our overcrowding, we’re building a brand new auditorium that will seat 1,000 to 1,200 people, and we’re adding more classrooms. Of course, with a bigger auditorium and more classrooms, we’re adding more parking spaces too! We also plan to relocate our Gateway Frisco staff offices to the expanded campus.
Fort Worth has always been one of the areas we’ve felt God has called us to reach in the Metroplex, and when our North Fort Worth Campus opened, we realized just how much. When we had our first services at the current campus in 2013, over 5,000 people attended! We knew then that we’d be planning another campus in the area. Now, with an average weekly attendance of 6,395, we’re ready to reach even more people in Fort Worth. We’re currently pursuing properties west of our current North Fort Worth Campus.