1. We value relevant, Biblical teaching/preaching.
Practical theology is the key to the abundant life.
The church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
2. We value the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
They are the ascension gifts in Ephesians 4, the manifestation gifts in 1 Cor. 12 and the redemptive gifts in Romans 12.
3. We value the manifest presence of God.
Worship services will be Holy Spirit sensitive.
4. We value prayer.
God desires His people to pray. Destiny is discovered through a
daily prayer relationship with God.
5. We value corporate praise and worship.
The worship style includes high-energy praise and worship and the prophetic word. God is rebuilding the Tabernacle of David.
6. We value family.
The environment will provide for strong marriages and families.
7. We value character and integrity.
The goal is to develop Christian character and display Christ-like
manner in our personal, business, and ministry lives.
8. We value multi-ethnic ministry.
"Loving one another" is the true message of Jesus Christ.
Little did four intercessors know what God had in mind when they began to pray together in June of 1995. Desperate for God, yet unable to attend the "Toronto Revival", they simply asked God to bring Toronto to them. God's manifest presence filled the room and vision was released for revival in their hometown of Arkansas City, Kansas.
They met on Thursday nights in each other's homes. The expanding prayer group soon required the space of a local community center and later an empty church building. Faithful to meet from June of 1995 through February of 1996, this group enjoyed God's presence as the outstanding characteristic of this time of prophetic prayer. His presence still awes us today.
A core group characterized as unchurched and hungry for God's presence in a corporate setting soon gathered. Although the prayer focus had been simply "revival for their hometown," there became an increasing desire from these believers to become a church. With growing numbers, the first Sunday prayer and praise service was in January of 1997.
Pastor DeeAnn Ward heard the phrase "Gateway City" during the early days of prayer. There was a sense that God had ordained Arkansas City as a "Gateway" for revival into the area. The Gateway Prayer House was established by the will of God to be a part of the move of God, not only for this city but the entire region.
The Gateway Prayer House started with a group in need of salvation and deliverance, a group desperate for God, a group dedicated to fulfilling God's vision. This church was established on the foundation of "revival through and encounter with God."
This prayer focus has become the mission of The Gateway Prayer House:
"Revival THROUGH AN ENCOUNTER with God."
II Timothy 1:9 says God saves us and calls us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. Our vision statement is based upon that scriptural principle...
"WE ARE CALLED TO CALL PEOPLE OUT OF DARKNESS INTO PURPOSE,
TO PREPARE AND POSITION THEM FOR THEIR GOD-GIVEN DESTINY."
As we stewarded the prophetic word of the Lord given over Kansas by nationally recognized apostles and prophets, the focus of ministry enlarged to include the state and surrounding regions. In 2015 we changed the name to the Turning Point Apostolic Center to more accurately reflect the change in focus.