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Gateway Fellowship Church
San Antonio, TX
FAST FACTS
Senior PastorJohn Van Pay
Twitter@JohnVanPay
WebsiteMyGateway.tv
Founded2008
AffiliationAssemblies of God
Locations1
Attendance2,332
Growth by #1,520
Growth By %187%
Fastest Growing#1

"The No. 1 reason for our growth is our passion for discipleship," says Gateway's senior pastor, John Van Pay. "We follow a simple process of discipleship, in which friends are encouraged to belong to a small group so they can grow and be sent to start new small groups so disciples are made." Gateway Fellowship doesn't have many programs, ministries or events that compete with discipleship in small groups and large worship gatherings.  

"Our goal," Van Pay says, "is for 101 percent of those in our church family to be part of a small group, where friendship, spiritual growth and mission happen. One of our maxims is, "Love finds a need and meets it.'" Needs are being met in countless ways: Single moms, widows and the elderly are visited for prayer; meals are brought to local fire departments; food pantries are stocked and cleaned at local inner-city ministries; and an orphan care ministry allows adults to be trained to foster and adopt children.

"The Pastor Had a Passion for What He Was Teaching"—Lessons From a Mystery Visit

By Mystery Visitor

An unchurched person reports on an unannounced visit to a local church. Could it be yours?

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John Van Pay: The Simplicity of America's Fastest-Growing Church—Part 1

By Rob Wilkins

"If you can stay the course, you see the lives of people change and that changes everything in the church.”

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John Van Pay: The Simplicity of America's Fastest-Growing Church—Part 2

By Rob Wilkins

“The simplicity of our model trusts that kingdom work happens best when our small groups are unleashed and not managed.”

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Gateway Fellowship Church: The Fastest-Growing Church in America, 2016

By Outreach Magazine

“The No. 1 reason for our growth is our passion for discipleship,” says Senior Pastor John Van Pay.

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