GATEWAY CHURCH EXPANSION
An exciting community venture!
Why are we pursuing expansion?
1. Because God has clearly spoken to us
In 2012, God impressed upon us that it was "time to enlarge the place of your tent" (Isaiah 54:2-3), and that Gateway's vision was "too small."
See the brief history below for further details of our expansion journey.
2. Because we have outgrown our current site
Gateway Church is blessed to share our facility with our Preschool to Grade 12 school. The King’s School started in the living room of a home in 1983 as a pilot project with just 5 students.
After 34 years and nine renovation projects, The King's School has over 300 students, 45 staff, and we have no more room to expand!
Why West St. Paul?
As God led us to West St. Paul, we discovered that there are incredible new developments happening there (350 residential homes just for phase 1, as well as plans for future phases). God knew all along! Please click on the image for more details.
There is also a commercial business area being developed, plus Tennis Manitoba is looking to locate in West St. Paul. For more details, click HERE.
Moving to West St. Paul will allow us to expand from 13 acres of land to 20+ acres, and to expand from a building of 34,000 sq. ft. to 70,000 sq. ft., which will allow us to pursue dreams of a community kitchen, a day care, a future seniors residence, and community gardens! There will be so many options for growth!
To find out more about the ParkView Point development plans, please click HERE.
After spending over 30 years at our Panet Road location, Gateway will continue to be active in that area following our move to West St. Paul. Some members of Gateway will remain there to plant a new congregation (Gateway East) about six months before we launch "Gateway North" in West St. Paul.
How will this "expand" Gateway Church?
The expansion of the facility where Gateway Church gathers is primarily about people!
Gateway Church exists to spread a passion for the glory of God through Jesus Christ to every nation and every generation.
The Lord has clearly called Gateway Church to expansion, and has directed us to do so in the West St. Paul area, a rapidly growing area north of Winnipeg that is easily accessible, and a "gateway" into St. Andrews, Selkirk, East St. Paul, as well as into north Winnipeg (including North Kildonan, West Kildonan, Maples, and many other areas).
The expansion will enable The King's School to continue to grow and thrive (see below).
This expansion will also enable Gateway Church to continue to reach out with the love and good news of Jesus to every nation and every generation around us!
Gateway's church offices will also be based at the same location, enabling us to move out of the temporary office facilities we are currently occupying.
How will this "expand" Gateway's facilities?
How will this "expand" The King's School?
How you can contribute to this expansion
You can play a key part in helping this incredible vision to come to pass by donating either a one-time amount, or by setting up a monthly contribution toward the expansion.
Simply click HERE, or click on the image below to go to Gateway's PushPay site where you can quickly and securely give.
FINANCIAL FUNDRAISING GOALS
2020/2021 Goal = $700,000
2021/2022 Goal = $700,000
Total cost = $17.4 million
Funds from sale of land at Panet Road = $9.71 million (net)
Donations received as of fall 2020 = $1.5 million
Funds budgeted for expansion = $337,000
Funds still needed = $5.9 million
A $4.5 million mortgage leave us still needing $1.4million
A brief history...
2012 - "Enlarge the place of your tent"
In 2012, we received a prophetic call from God, from Isaiah 54:2-3 to...
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities."
2013 - Further heavenly instructions
God made it clear that we must not separate the places where Gateway Church and The King’s School gather!
And secondly… God insisted that there needs to be room to dream!
During these years, a Panet Expansion Team (PET) worked tirelessly to develop and clarify Gateway's expansion plans.
During this time, the Lord gave us a vision of Gateway's building being "lifted up and transported to another location."
People pledged and gave generously as many options were being explored. Then the Lord led Gateway's leadership to a large plot of land in West St. Paul just northwest of the Perimeter Highway and Main Street (west of the Sunova Centre).
In 2017, Gateway purchased an 8.5 acre plot of land at West St. Paul and made an offer to acquire a further 16.3 acres.
Various offers were made to purchase our Panet Road location, but the leadership felt led to wait for God's best, which would come at His appointed time.
In early 2018, we sold the north seven acres of our Panet land to Seymour Pacific (a multi-family housing developer) for $4.2 million.
Then after many years of trusting the Lord as He led us, just as Gateway finally secured the 16.3 acres at West St. Paul, we received and accepted an offer to sell the remaining 6 acres of our Panet land to DSFM (Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine) for $6.175 million. Click HERE for further details about the sale.
The way in which God orchestrated the perfect timing of the purchase at West St. Paul and the sale at Panet was nothing short of supernatural!
And so begins the next phase of pursuing permits and construction, with the goal of completing the new facility by the summer of 2022 so that the school can start there in the fall of 2022.