Sunday, November 04, 2018
How many lives could change if we would REACH people where they are—on the devices they use every day? Join us for Vision Sunday on November 4th. We will celebrate what we've done this past year and what God is calling us to do in 2019. We will also be taking our BEYOND offering to help launch our digital ministry platform to REACH a new generation with the message of Jesus Christ.
You Are a Part of a Great Story
Our story began in 1970 in Sunnyvale, when God called Pastors Emanuele and Shirley Cannistraci to lead Calvary Gospel Temple. We were small, but God had big plans, including larger facilities in Mountain View in 1976, and then again in San Jose in 1980.
Throughout the 80's and 90’s, we continued to reach out, add ministries, send missionaries, and plant new churches in innovative ways. Countless lives were changed, but there was much more ahead.
In September of 2000, Pastors David and Kathy Cannistraci were installed as Lead Pastors. Their vision for outreach resulted in additional growth and the need for larger facilities. In 2003, we moved to our present facility in South San Jose and became GateWay City Church.
In late 2014, we took a first step of faith and became a multisite church. By 2016, God had given us an expanded vision to reach ten cities through this strategy. We are well on our way to fulfilling God’s dream for us.
We Are Moving Forward Together
As our story continues, our focus remains the same: We are passionate about Inspiring Transformed Lives, and together, we have become a church for all people and a multi-city movement. Our passion and strategy are laid out in Pastor David’s inspiring book, BEYOND: A Vision for Ten Cities. Get your copy, and discover where you fit into God’s plan for us as we move forward together.
“Make his name famous! Tell everyone every day how wonderful he is.
Give them the good news of our great Savior. Take the message of his glory and miracles to every nation. Tell them about all the amazing things he has done...Bring an offering and come celebrate in his courts.” Psalm 96:3,8
“How can they believe in one they’ve not yet heard of? And how can they hear the message of life if there is no one there to proclaim it? And how can the message be proclaimed if messengers have yet to be sent? That’s why the Scriptures say: How welcome is the arrival of those proclaiming the joyful news of peace and of good things to come!” Romans 10:14-15
REACH: Our Dream to Be Where People Are
Consider Today's World
Today, technology is connecting our world as never before in history. Yet, we’re the most disconnected and lonely generation that has ever lived. This means we, the Body of Christ, have an unprecedented opportunity to REACH beyond ourselves and do something meaningful…FOR THEM.
It used to be that a small communities had little a church with a steeple on top. Everyone knew it was the place where they could find faith and grow spiritually. At the set day and time, people would come to church. We believe in the local church more than ever, but communities have changed. Today, the church must come to people and REACH into their daily lives with the hope and truth of the Gospel.
Imagine What Could Be...
How many lives could change if we would REACH people where they are—on the devices they use every day? What would happen if people who would normally never come to our church could begin a journey of following Christ where they are? What could it mean to each of our GateWay locations if those same people discovered that we are in their city, ready to welcome them into the family of God?
GateWay’s desire is to make those dreams come true FOR THEM. We have a story to tell, and with new people and the right technologies in place, we can share our story with countless lives in a cost-effective manner through this bold initiative.
Together For Them
This fall we are embarking upon a journey we’ve never taken before. We are asking our church family in every city to join together to help us create a digital ministry platform—combining talented volunteers with powerful platforms—to REACH a new generation with the message of Jesus Christ.
The purpose of REACH is to connect an entire generation with Jesus Christ and the GateWay family. Underneath the noise of today’s social media conversations is the pain and hunger of an isolated generation. Through the use of online platforms, we can step into their world, listen to them and share a story of hope that most would never hear otherwise.
We can do this. We have compassionate people and a vision for cities. We have access to the most powerful and cost-effective communication tools in the history of mankind. Now is our greatest opportunity to touch people with the transforming message of Jesus Christ.
REACH is the next step of faith we are taking together FOR THEM.
Big Moments in Our Future
Vision Sunday 2018 is November 4th
THE 2018 BEYOND OFFERING begins on November 4th and continues through November 25th
Our Phoenix Campus Grand Opening will be Sunday, February 10th 2019. Thanks for giving in 2017!
REACH will launch in phases throughout in 2019 and beyond as God provides
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
2018 Vision Sunday and Beyond Offering
Vision Sunday is about passion for Jesus and compassion for the lost.
God has called us to move forward together in a vision that matters for eternity.
THE BEYOND OFFERING is an annual opportunity to support our vision
by planting a financial seed for a harvest of changed lives.
Our offerings are not for us. This is FOR THEM.
The Potential of a Seed
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” —2 Corinthians 9:6
In the Bible, we learn that when we return a tenth of our earnings to God’s House, He will open the windows of heaven and bless us (Malachi 3:10). We are also taught to give offerings (gifts above and beyond our tithes) as a way to meet needs and plant seeds for a greater blessing.
Jesus Himself taught us that nothing can impact our lives like the power of our seed:
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” —Luke 6:38
We encourage everyone to tithe faithfully and give generously in order to to experience the potential of a seed in their lives.
How to Plant Your Seed
DREAM about what God might do through us to reach lost people.
PRAY and ask God to guide the amount you give.
COMMIT using the BEYOND Giving Card on VISION SUNDAY.
GIVE your gift before Sunday November 25th, expecting God to bless you.
It’s Simple to Give at GateWay. You can use a check or credit card with an envelope at church, or give online at your campus website—just click the GIVE button. If you use text-to-give, that works as well. Just choose the BEYOND option as you designate your gift.
What Your 2018 BEYOND OFFERING will Help Accomplish
Our Faith Goal: $250,000 in commitments by November 25th, 2018
We welcome you to fulfill your commitment all at once,
or over the following six months, whichever is best.
WITH YOUR BEYOND OFFERING, WE WILL BE ABLE TO…
- Begin building and using REACH—our new digital platform to go beyond our limits and Inspire Transformed Lives as never before.
- Optimizing our presence online: Social media (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat), Online searches (Google),Video channels (YouTube), Podcasts (iTunes), Content Networks (Quora), Voice Channels (Siri, Alexa) and much more.
- Launch our new Multi-City Website: MyGateWayCity.church
Welcoming everyone to a GateWay Campus near them
Video testimonies and stories Live Streaming GateWay Services
Online Campus and Online Life Groups with complete pastoral support
- 24/7 free resource archive: Infrastructure for a believers equipping hub: Grow Tracks, Impact and more available 24/7
- Tell the story of what God is doing on every campus, sharing it with the world 24/7. Video Production capabilities expansion: video, audio and lighting equipment. Technology Upgrades:
Story-telling initiatives for every campus
- Update and install new GateWay branding on all our channels and signage on every campus
- Hire an experienced REACH Team Manager to coordinate the new ministry volunteers
- Expand our ability to accomplish the Ten Cities vision and reach people as God leads us
It is worth the cost to REACH the lost!
Join the entire GateWay family as we go BEYOND our limitations with a special offering beginning on VISION SUNDAY, November 4, 2017.
It’s easy to give:
1) You can give online here.
2) Text GCCSJ to #77977
3) Use a check or credit card with an envelope, filling in the amount where it says BEYOND (REACH)
GateWay City Church
One church in multiple locations.
Inspiring Transformed Lives