Home-Centered and Church-Supported means parents are the primary faith-developers and the church, pastors, staff and youth leaders are secondary faith-developers.  We believe it is important to build the home because it is the primary place where faith is shaped and nurtured in each generation. The church then supports and resources families to experience effective spiritual growth within their own households.

Home-Centered and Church-Supported

Here at Shepherd’s Gate one way that we support and resource families is through Faith Steps.  Faith Steps are celebration and educational events at key milestones through the life-span of your family.

Faith Steps

  • Pre-Marriage Counseling
  • Baptism
  • Family Bible Presentation
  • First Communion – an intensive one year discipleship program
  • Confirmation – an intensive one year discipleship program
  • 9th through 12th grade – Mission Trip
  • 12th grade – Graduation Service

Family Bible Presentation
If you have not had the opportunity to present your child with their very own Bible, Shepherd’s Gate, in partnership with your family, would like to present your child with their very own Bible. This will be a great Faith Step event with food, fun, family challenges, and of course, a new Bible for your child! For more information, contact our Children’s Assistant at childreninfo@sgatechurch.org. Siblings are welcome. Nursery will be available for children ages 5 and under. This event will be Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10a.


MOPS/MOPS Next – Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS is a dynamic program designed to nurture mothers of young children (Moms-to-be through Moms with any age children). MOPS supports moms through trusted resources and relationships. We typically have breakfast, a speaker, a craft project and exchange ideas. Childcare is provided in our staffed nursery. We  meet 9:30 to 11:30a – second and fourth Wednesdays each month, September through April. Come check us out with no obligation; your first meeting is free. A Family Ministry Registration Form is required for any children using the nursery. MOPS International also has a MOPS Registration Form for all Moms in the program.  Feel free to complete each form and take them with you to your first meeting. Contact mops@sgatechurch.org for info and to register.


Shepherd’s Gate offers a series of mandatory seminars to help students fully understand our beliefs and provide insights about our church.

Confirmation Teachers:  Pastor Tim Bollinger and Pastor John Kral

First Communion/Confirmation 2016-2017

Seminar #1: Saturday Nov 5, 2016 8:30a-12:00p

Seminar #2: Saturday Jan 21, 2017 8:30a-12:00p

Seminar #3: Saturday Mar 4, 2017 8:30a-12:00p

First Communion Service: Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30a

Confirmation Service: Saturday May 20, 2017 @ 10a (Mandatory practice Wednesday, May 17th 7:00p)

 Register for the First Communion/Confirmation program by clicking  here .  Pay online below.

Register for the retreat here.

Michigan Christian Youth Camp Activity Release Form


Rules for Retreats

Junior High Retreat What to bring 2016

Junior High Retreat Itinerary_2016


For more information, please contact our Student Assistant at studentinfo@sgatechurch.org