Gateway Church

7104 McNeil Dr
Senior Pastor: 
John Burke
Gateway: What's Your Take?

From their website: We are a community of people who are in process. We have imperfect messy lives, but we are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus and with each other. Everybody is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. We’re all about doing life together in community, being intentional about our growth and serving one another and our broader community as we go.

We're checking out what's going on in Austin's churches. What's your take on this church?



My wife and I and our three kids attended this church for one Sunday while searching for a church in our move to Austin area.

The folks at the door were nice and not as greeter-esque as normal (I consider this a good thing that they're normal people).

Childcare was easy and secure. Suprisingly, this is not always the case, so I appreciated that.

The music was very good, though not participant-friendly (my wife and I are both musicians), as the song choice was unfamiliar and required much more skill to sing than your more standard praise choruses or hymns. The musicianship was excellent if you just like to listen and reflect.

After the music and some announcements, there was a message projected onto a big screen from the North campus. The sermon was good, though the message we saw was part of a series and was not expository preaching (it did not take a passage from Scripture and explain it or apply it—it took a point about life and supported it with scripture). The preacher was very good and connected well with his speech.

Finally, the "campus" pastor came up on stage and dismissed us after some general prayer for anyone touched by the sermon.

We spoke to the campus pastor afterward and asked one thing: "Do you plan on having a live pastor here at this campus in the future?" His answer was, "We do not plan on doing that." Matter-of-fact, and straightforward.

Overall, because it was dark, and the people were all there to "watch" a sermon on a big screen, it felt like I went to the movies, and we didn't really connect with anyone—we felt that we weren't really in a position to do so in a big dark auditorium with a "movie" going.

They have small groups, but we didn't go. We moved on because we like the personal interaction (even at a distance) with a preacher, and we were not going to drive the extra hour to go to the other campus.

Hope this helps!

Thanks for coming by frank. We appreciate your honesty about your experience. 

There are plenty of fantastic churches in Austin and I'm sure you'll find one that meets your needs.

Grace and Peace


I do not know of this church -- but I will say -- Hymns should be of a sort that can be sung by the congregation. [and I don't mean one that every other line is "God is Wonderful"!!!!]   --- A hymn should have substance and with inspiring words and tune that is not "hard work" to follow. -- If you hadn't noticed -- many "Praise Songs" are more or less as the Bible says, "Vain Repetitions".  --- God knows He's Wonderful !!! --- and you shouldn't have to say it twenty times in two minutes to convince yourself.  ;>)

Heh-heh.  DITTO.

All too often, I've found that some worship leaders "perform" rather than "lead" worship.  I'm pretty sure it's not intentional, it's just that, while all worship leaders know how to perform, not all know how to lead.