Gateway's Youth Ministry is designed to engage students in grades 7-12 with the life changing message of the Gospel. Through Bible studies, life groups, service projects, and fellowships, the youth of Gateway are given opportunities to grow in having a dynamic relationship with Jesus and to be equipped to make a difference with their lives wherever they are.
CJ Falcione, our associate pastor, is joined by a team of adults from Gateway who love students and invest in their lives. Through community with these adults leaders and with one another, the youth of Gateway are challenged to grow in their knowledge of God and to glorify God with their lives.
Sunday Bible Study ~ 9 a.m.
On Sunday mornings, Gateway's youth have a Bible study time together in the youth rooms. Last year we focused on the "what" of our faith - what we believe. Currently we are focused on the "why?" - the reasons why we can believe our doctrine. Using 1 Peter 3:15 as our guide, we will examine several objections that skeptics of Christianity have raised over the years and how to answer them in a reasonable and winsome manner, something called apologetics. We will discuss topics such as the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, the reliability of the gospels, common arguments for Christianity, and more. The purpose is to show students that there is great evidence for what we believe and how to be prepared to use it in today's world.
Life Groups ~ Sundays, 6:30 p.m.
We believe in a multi-generational approach to relationship building between the students and believers of all ages in the local church. One way we accomplish this is by arranging small groups every other Sunday night in the homes of various church members. The homes and groupings regularly rotate to allow more relationship building within the church that normally would not happen, such as between students and empty-nesters or adults without teenage children. Since the schedule regularly changes, please contact the church to learn the current list of homes and where you can connect. The normal meeting involves desserts, a fun "getting to know you" game, shared testimonies, and discussion of that morning's sermon.
Wednesday Evenings ~ 6 p.m.
On Wednesday nights, the youth are doing a series on Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. We are using the book by Donald S. Whitney as our guide. We will be looking at what the Scripture says about the practices of Bible intake, prayer, worship , evangelism, stewardship and more. These practices help promote spiritual growth as we cultivate these habits of devotion in our lives.
- Disciple Now Weekend
- Summer Youth Camp
- Service Projects in the Community
- Fellowships and Outings