Gateway School of Ministry (GSM) is a 16-month experience that will train and prepare you to either lead a new church plant or to be a team member of a church planting team.
The school will offer training along two different tracks of ministry. The first designed to accommodate the LEAD PASTOR candidate and the second designed with the MINISTRY LEAD in mind. The Ministry Lead track will focus on developing individuals who are called to meet one of the following primary ministry demands in a church plant: Worship Team, Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Small Groups and Volunteer Development.
Over the course of the 16-month training, the goal will be to evaluate and assess your unique gifts/talents and partner you with a church plant team with the aim of launching a new church.
Gateway School of Ministry (GSM) is uniquely designed to be a part-time approach to church-plant training. We believe this makes the training a little more flexible for the demands of a busy schedule and works around your current vocation. This training is for the business professional, high school graduate, college student, busy parents – anyone over the age of 18 who feels called to participate in the exciting journey of being a part of a church plant.
All applicants will be asked to supply a written testimony explaining your faith journey and why you feel called to enter into training for church planting.
Gateway doesn’t seek to be ONE large mega church. The vision is to be the catalyst for a network that starts 100 healthy churches in the next 10 years who reproduce the same all over the world.
Gateway started as a small group of 8 people in a living room on Labor Day weekend, 2007. With a God sized burden, the young church wrote down the names of neighbors on a piece of butcher paper. A mission was born to help their friends become devoted followers of Jesus. They invited those friends to their grand opening service on February 10, 2008 at Bob Beard Elementary in Helotes, Texas. 283 showed up and 28 of their new friends surrendered their lives to Jesus. A few months later, Gateway was homeless because the school district wouldn’t allow churches to rent during the summer. God opened the door at the Silverado 16 Movie Theatre. A simple method of discipleship was embraced through a worship service and small groups in homes.
Even as a younger church plant, Gateway had a vision to plant other churches. Gateway’s first church plant, Camino Victorioso (a spanish speaking contemporary church) had their grand opening on April 24th, 2011. On Gateway’s 3 year birthday, February 13, 2011, the church announced City Fellowship Church as the second Gateway church plant on the west side of San Antonio. On January 2012 a team was sent to downtown San Antonio to plant the Gathering Church at the old Borden warehouse. In October of 2016, Gateway launched Gateway Espanol which meets weekly at the main campus.
In 2012, After growing to a church family of 1,000 and maximizing their space in the theater, Gateway embarked on 15 prayer walks from the Silverado Movie Theatre to 11.5 acres of land on Loop 1604. They boldly asked God to provide this land so they could have a permanent home. On December 20, 2012, Hobby Lobby bought the $2.4M piece of land and donated it!
In 2018, the church is hosting 5 services across the weekend and under construction to expand kids ministry areas and create more auditorium space for more friends to come to know Jesus.
Gateway School of Ministry was birthed out of this amazing story as a resource to multiply God’s church and reproduce disciples not only in this immediate community but into all the world. Gateway’s driving vision is to plant 100 churches in the next 10 years – Imagine a church next to every military base, a church well-positioned by every major university in the nation and the world.