The Shady Grove Elders felt the Lord direct them to pursue a relationship with Gateway Church. Over a number of months and several meetings with both Elder bodies, it was clear the Lord was bringing Shady Grove to be part of Gateway Church. The Shady Grove Elders and Gateway Elders have agreed to the transfer of assets and ministry responsibilities and have secured the full support of the banking interests of Shady Grove and Gateway for this transaction. It is expected that all the legal work will be complete and signed by February 28, 2013.
Yes, the transition of Shady Grove to Gateway Church begins during the weekend services of February 24, 2013. The following weekend, March 3, the church will officially be Gateway Church, Grand Prairie Campus. There will be a transition period for full ministry development that is expected to take 6–12 months to complete. During these months, systems and structure of Gateway ministries will be fully transferred and implemented at the Grand Prairie Campus.
As an extension campus of Gateway, the name will change. It will be named Gateway Church Grand Prairie. Beginning immediately, there will be steps of change such as a reprinting of information and a rebranding of all material with the Gateway logo. The name on the building will be the final change and is expected to take place by summer of this year.
The Elders of Shady Grove have served God and the church faithfully for many years. Their leadership on the campus will be essential, and some of them are being utilized in a strategic way to assist the campus staff. Their function of Elder will no longer exist on this campus, but the governing function of Elder will come under Gateway Church.
Deacons at Gateway Church oversee much of the weekend volunteer teams. The incorporation of this into Gateway’s deacon team is already underway.
The Shady Grove staff will be integrated into the staff of Gateway. Pastor Jon Dunn has accepted a position in Gateway’s Global Ministry located in Southlake. In addition, Laurinda has accepted a position as a Ministry Coordinator for Pink Groups (small groups for women). All other staff has been transitioned to Gateway Church staff, effective February 1.
You can continue to give your tithes and offerings at the campus as usual. Effective March 1, online giving will be available through Gateway’s website (designated giving will come later). Gateway does not accept credit cards for giving purposes. This is primarily for two reasons: 1) To prevent people from going into debt by giving; and 2) We don’t believe credit card companies should receive a percentage of the tithe. This happens by the fees incurred through credit card transactions, so we chose to eliminate the tithe going to them by not accepting credit cards as a form of giving.
The existing ministries of Shady Grove have already begun to relate with the corresponding ministries of Gateway Church. The relationship of the Grand Prairie Campus to all the ministries of Gateway Church is effective immediately. As mentioned before, it will take some time for full ministry roll out to occur, and we are seeking to connect all existing ministries of Shady Grove within Gateway Church.
For ministries who have received designated giving through Shady Grove, we will be facilitating that support through Gateway Church for the remainder of this year.
Mark Jobe will serve as the Executive Campus Pastor. Pastor Mark will work with Pastor Todd Lane, who oversees all extension campuses from Gateway’s senior staff. As the Campus Pastor, Pastor Mark and those he designates on staff are the pastors who respond to the needs of the congregation at Grand Prairie.
Gateway Church services run about 1 hour and 10 minutes in length. The type of format that Shady Grove has experienced in the last few weeks is a similar format to what a service will be like at Gateway. We will incorporate our video announcements and a few other changes that will make the Grand Prairie Campus consistent with all others in terms of the weekend service format. Children’s ministry will be offered for the entire service, and engaging worship will be provided for the children.
Gateway believes weekend services are the primary place for unbelievers to come for the first time, so we seek to create an atmosphere that is free from distractions so everyone can engage with God during the service. While other services we offer are geared for believers and have freer expressions during worship, we expect the atmosphere of the weekend service to be more focused on God and not on our individual expressions of worship.
We want you to get involved! The church can’t function without you! You can continue attending the weekend services in Grand Prairie. The volunteer teams have already begun integrating into Gateway, and you can continue to look for a place to connect.
The primary way for delivering the weekend message will be video simulcast from our Southlake Campus. We anticipate the possibility of a limited number of weekends (2–4) during the year when the message could be generated from one of the extension campuses or allow for a campus specific message to be delivered by the Campus Pastor. For scheduling purposes, Pastor Robert’s preaching will be from the Southlake Campus.
The vision of Gateway Church is to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered and serving. Our desire is to bring a biblical message of grace, hope and freedom in Jesus Christ to the communities of the DFW Metroplex and extend from there to impact our state, our nation and the nations around the world. This passion for this extensive outreach was part of the original vision God gave to Pastor Robert when the church began, and the Grand Prairie Campus will be a full participant in that vision.
Every active member of Shady Grove will be transferred to membership of Gateway Church effective February 28. Gateway’s new member class is called Catch the Vision. We believe a critical part of joining a new family is to know the family history, and that’s what Catch the Vision does. We will be offering the first Catch the Vision for the Grand Prairie Campus on March 23. It is a three-hour class, and we encourage all members of Shady Grove who will be calling Gateway their home to participate in this class.
Yes, we will eventually have a Saturday night service. The timeframe for that will depend upon the growth at the campus and the need for additional services.
We will continue with the 10:00 am service time that has existed with Shady Grove for the first few weeks. However, beginning Easter Sunday, we will add a service at 9:00 am and adjust the second service to 10:45 am. This will sync with the times at our other campuses. Following Easter, we will keep the 10:45 am service ongoing and add services as needed that are consistent with our service times across other campuses.
We are currently assessing potential changes. There will be changes made in the Auditorium to make it more conducive for a video message. Additionally, our current priorities to address are in the areas of children’s ministry, youth ministry and church offices.