Theological training for everybody
A proven way to become grounded in the EFCA’s core doctrine
Challenging and deeply rewarding courses of facilitated study
GATEWAY cohorts are designed to deepen your theological understanding and better prepare you for leadership in your ministry context. Offered in English and Spanish, in-person and online, our low-lost cohorts are open to men and women of all ethnicities and backgrounds.
GATEWAY Phase I
Our flagship offering, GATEWAY Phase I cohorts are facilitated by an EFCA-credentialed leader and typically meet for 2-3 hours each month. Comprised of 12 sessions, the full Phase I course takes an average of 12-14 months to complete. Each session is based on an article of the EFCA’s Statement of Faith, with two additional sessions on current doctrinal issues and personal lifestyle. Between sessions, you will read and study theological texts and write short papers on the content. During meetings, your cohort will provide one another with feedback and encouragement on each person’s writing, which you’ll then use to revise your paper, refining the expression of your beliefs. This cycle of “reading-writing-discussing-rewriting” strengthens your writing and solidifies your learning. We expect preparation for each session’s content to take 10-15 hours to complete. The full year of GATEWAY Phase I’s training costs just a few hundred dollars to participate in.
Interested in an EFCA Ministry License?
GATEWAY Phase I is designed to help you meet the written requirement in the EFCA’s Ministry License application process, but please note that completing a GATEWAY course does not guarantee that you will qualify for an EFCA ministry credential. For more information on EFCA credentialing requirements and processes, visit EFCA Credentialing.
Other GATEWAY Offerings
In addition to Phase I, GATEWAY offers the following courses:
GATEWAY began in 2007 training people in Spanish and English. Since then, it’s become a widely adapted pathway for church-based theological training; more than 1,500 students have participated, and many students continue on to earn an EFCA ministry credential.