ABOUT THE GATE
The story of theGATE officially began in January 2007. But theGATE was really born out of a home prayer meeting months earlier, made up of a handful of believers hungering for the presence of God. As this group began to grow, we did not know if we were going to be an official “church”. We only knew that we were on a journey, following the Holy Spirit.
Throughout our journey we have had but one consuming desire: We want people to see God in all of his wonder, love, and power. For to see him as he is, is to love him with passion and devotion.
During those months prior to our "official" start, the Church of the Redeemer allowed us to use their facility every other Sunday night and Pastors Steve and Nancy Fry ministered to us as we waited to see what the Lord would do. It was at this time God gave us a foundational Scripture from Micah 4:6-8 (NIV).
"'In that day', declares the Lord, 'I will gather the lame;
I will assemble the exiles…I will make the lame a
remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord
will rule over them…from that day and forever'".
Though we knew this to be God’s promise toward Israel, we also knew that the Lord was promising, through his presence and provision, to make us a strong community of Jesus-Followers.
One of our growing desires was to recapture the simplicity of the home-based model of the New Testament Church. In the Fall of 2006, we started four house churches, but still did not know if we were to become a church or simply fellowship with one another as we sought to connect to other churches.
As Pastor Steve took us through the book of Nehemiah, we studied how God used Nehemiah and the people to rebuild the walls and repair the gates of Jerusalem. The picture of a "gate" stirred us to consider what we could be to our community: A “gate” through which God could come and manifest his presence; and a “gate” through which people could connect to God.
On New Years' Eve 2006, Pastor Steve asked the Lord whether we were to officially plant a church. As he walked and prayed, he was strongly impressed to read one verse: Hebrews 8:10 (NIV).
"This is the covenant I will make with [them]… I will
put My laws into their minds and write them on their
hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My
Pastor Steve shared this promise with a fledgling but faith-filled band of believers. We knew that God was giving us grace to plant a church with a simple name… And in January 2007 it became official. theGATE was born.
Since that time, The Lord has continued to move graciously among us.
In June 2007, we closed on a piece of property on Carothers Parkway, along the I-65 corridor, that used to be the Bridal Gallery. Despite being a new church with no history and little financial backing, God wonderfully provided and we moved in August 2007. We began holding our Sunday Worship Gatherings in the Fellowship Hall located in the lower half of the building. Then in the Summer of 2009 the Lord again showed his faithfulness to us, providing a way to build out our almost 400-seat Worship Center upstairs. We celebrated our first service upstairs in March of 2010.
Throughout our journey we are continually reminded that early on we learned to thrive by experiencing "church in the home", which we continue to value. We remain committed to pursuing God’s presence – that’s why passionate worship and diligent study in the word are vital to us. And we continue to be stirred about communicating God’s Good News to others. For we know that people can be truly free when they discover that life is… Simply Jesus.