THE GATHERING CHURCH

GATHER     GROW     GIVE     GO
Welcome!
We exist to…

GATHER people, and help them to

GROW into fully devoted followers of Christ so that they will

GIVE of their time, talent and treasure for God’s Kingdom and then

GO into all the world to share the amazing things God has done in their lives in our community, our nation and the entire world.
 
 
 

OUR MISSION AND VISION

 
The Gathering Church is a Bible-based, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in Dallas, Texas, led by Pastor Marco & Kimberly Luna. At The Gathering Church we have four primary values that drive everything we do: Gather, Grow, Give and Go.
The Gathering Church exists to GATHER in Christ, to  GROW like Christ to GIVE to Christ and to GO for Christ!
 

GATHER to love God passionately and encounter Him.  Authentic Community

GROW into a fully devoted follower of Christ. Intentional Discipleship

GIVE our time, talent and treasure for HIS. Radical Generosity

GO so other will know the GOOD news that has changed our lives. Missional Outreach
 

WE BELIEVE

 

These are nonnegotiable tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to. This list is derived from the official Statement of Fundamental Truths. Click links below to see the complete original statement with scriptures.

  1. WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
  2. WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God–revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). WE BELIEVE…In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine.
  3. WE BELIEVE…though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sinushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
  4. WE BELIEVE…Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation’ (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
  5. WE BELIEVE…and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
  6. WE BELIEVE…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
  7. WE BELIEVE… The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
  8. WE BELIEVE…Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
  9. WE BELIEVE…The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
  10. WE BELIEVE…A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.
  11. WE BELIEVE…Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
  12. WE BELIEVE…in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
  13. WE BELIEVE…in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
  14. WE BELIEVE…A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
  15. WE BELIEVE…and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we forever be with the Lord!
 

OUR CORE VALUES

 

 

1. Jesus Is the Center

All of who we are and everything we do revolves around Jesus. Our purpose as a church is to lift Him up and enjoy him forever. As we do so, He has promised to transform His people into His image and draw others unto Himself. This is why our priority is to love Him and worship Him with all of our heart.
2. We Move In Faith

We run to take a leap. Small steps of faith will help us reach greater things. Our faith is in continual motion towards God and His purposes. We start small but dream big and believe God to do the impossible. He is still the God of miracles today. We believe together with a faith that takes action.

3. We Are Called To Contribute

We are not consumers but contributors. We are committed to being generous people. We are selfless with our time, talents and treasures. These are all gifts from God, so we give them back to Him and surrender our lives to be utilized by God for His purposes.

4. We Stay Connected

We can do nothing apart from Him. We never rely on natural ability alone, but on the power of His Spirit. Prayer, His Word, Fasting and Community are lifelines for our soul and power unto the Great Commission. It is our desire to see these disciplines exercised in both our daily walk and corporate gatherings.

5. Less Is More

Since God is so profound, we keep church simple. We do more by sticking to our priorities. Everything we do as a church complements and revolves around our mission.

6. Heaven is Diverse, Church Should Be Also

Heaven will be filled with people worshiping from every tribe and tongue. We believe we can reflect that truth on earth. We gather together as a multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-lingual and multi-background church. We gather together understanding that Living Word Church consists of people from every walk of life. From the solid believer, to the seeker, to the person who may not believe at all, we know that God loves them where they are, for who they are and for who they can become. We are committed to seeing and loving people the way God sees and loves them.

 
 
 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 
 
MARCO LUNA
LEAD PASTOR
 “We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year doing my best with the energy
God so generously gives me.” 
Colossians 1:28-29
 
 
KIMBERLY LUNA
ASSOCIATE PASTOR
 “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be pleasing to You,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14
 
 
WALTER & CHRISTA ROSALES
WORSHIP PASTOR
“My mouth’s full of great praise for God, I’m singing his hallelujahs surrounded by crowds, For he’s always at hand to take the side of the needy, to rescue a life from the unjust judge.”
Psalm 109:30-31
 
JOE & DORA TREVINO
 BILINGUAL WORSHIP
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers”worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
John 4:23-24


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ROBERT & FATEN NATAL
MISSIONS DIRECTORS
 
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20
 
GABRIEL & HAZEL GAMEZ
OUTREACH DIRECTORS
 
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

Romans  10:13-14

 
BETO & KAREN GONZALEZ
FAMILY LIFE DIRECTORS
 
“Choose you this day whom you will serve,
but as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15
 
JUAN & SANDRA TREVINO
HOSPITALITY, HELPS & USHER MINISTRIES
 
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it”
Hebrews 13:2
 
MARIO & AMANDA CISNEROS
YOUTH MINISTRIES
 
“My beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.'”
1 Corinthians 15:58
 
NOAH & MELINDA TORRES
ASST. OUTREACH DIRECTORS
 
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
John  12:26
 
BLANCA ESCANDON
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
 
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;

MARK 9:36-37

 
STEVE & KATHY CIPRIANO
SOCIAL MEDIA & NURSERY MINISTRIES
 
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near..'”
HEBREWS 10:24-25

 GIVE AS UNTO THE LORD





ONLINE GIVING

Thank you for using The Gathering Church Online Giving option to join us in our mission of reaching people with the life-giving message of Jesus. As many people enter into a new-found relationship with Christ, please know that it couldn’t happen without your generosity. We are truly grateful for your donation and hope the convenience and simplicity of online giving will be helpful to you.

 

Why give to The Gathering Church?

 

Three reasons:

1. Because we are giving to make a difference in our local community, and around the world. That’s worth supporting!
2. Because the New Testament church “shared with all who had need.” We are trying to do the same. 
3. Because the Scriptures says that God blesses those who are generous, especially supporting the ministries that He values. His local church matters. It’s worth giving into.  

We accept donations and issue tax-deductible receipts. You may give electronically, by mail, or in person at The Gathering Church. If you have any questions regarding contributions made to The Gathering Church, please contact us at givetothegathering@gmail.com

 

 

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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

 
 

 
 

KEEP UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

SCRIPTURE READING & JOURNALING

Begin a Bible Reading Plan at www.youversion.com

 

The S.O.A.P. Method

As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then, when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time to reflect on and review some of the “gems” that you have received. Without writing these down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily devotions with your connection group. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insights and even encourage others.

S = Scripture

Open your Bible to reading  found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O = Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.

A = Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.

P = Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.