Former Auditor: Over Past Two Years, Gateway Church Overspent Revenues by $23-Million

On Tuesday, I reported that Dallas-Fort Worth megachurch Gateway Church is laying off staff while spending millions on undisclosed non-operating expenses. In addition, the fourth largest church in America may have spent millions more than revenues for the second year in a row. According to former Big 4 accounting firm auditor Jason Watkins, Gateway's expenditures have exceeded revenues by nearly $23-million. The image below was supplied by Watkins.You can read Gateway's annual reports … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Issues Statement Confirming Staff Reductions

Earlier today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a story with a statement from Gateway Church confirming the staff reductions I reported on Tuesday.  According to the statement from Lawrence Swicegood, executive director of Gateway Media, the church is going to "prune" staff to prepare for growth. I suppose that is one way to look at it, although I also suppose that the staff to be pruned might see it differently.The Star-Telegram report said that the church planned to reduce staff by 10 … [Read more...]

Layoffs Coming to Gateway Church Amid Millions in Spending

The fourth largest church in America is in the midst of what has been called a "pruning." According to sources in a position to know, Gateway Church is in the midst of gradually laying off one-third of current staff. According to sources who wish to remain anonymous to avoid repercussions, Gateway leaders are downplaying the layoffs, calling them a "healthy pruning." Without referring to the downsizing, Gateway is offering a resume writing workshop to help to those who have been "laid off or … [Read more...]

Robert Morris: President Trump Talks to James Robison Two or Three Times Per Week

Gateway Church Apostolic elder James Robison has long been known as a Christian right mover and shaker. A persistent story I hear is that Ben Carson would only endorse Donald Trump if Trump first spoke to Robison. Even if untrue, the story highlights the reputation Robison has in Christian right political circles.Gateway Church's founding pastor Robert Morris added to that mystique earlier today by telling his congregation that Robison and Donald Trump talk "two or three times a week." … [Read more...]

Robert Morris’ Message to Gateway Church from the Inauguration

While the youth group kids in his church have to pay for their youth meeting refreshments, Robert Morris and Gateway Church co-sponsored one of the glitzy inaugural balls to celebrate the victory of Donald Trump. In a pre-recorded message played to his congregation inauguration weekend, Morris sounded a non-partisan tone. However, as we now know, the church co-sponsored an inaugural ball where Morris declared Donald Trump the "right guy" for president because the church came together in unity. … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris Dines in Style While Youth Group Kids Pay for Pizza

Recall that Gateway Church founding pastor Robert Morris told his congregation two weeks ago that God wanted him to break the annual churchwide fast in order to eat the food served at Donald Trump's inauguration. According to video served up by the Family Research Council, Morris did more than attend the festivities, he helped sponsor them. Gateway Church was one of nine sponsors of the Faith, Freedom and Future inaugural ball hosted by FRC's Tony Perkins (Gateway Church, the only church … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris Gets a Break in the Fast to Eat Inauguration Food

At the first of each year, Gateway Church leaders ask members to fast for 21 days. The December issue of Gateway Life magazine describes the event:This year, God has given Gateway Church pastor Robert Morris a break from the fast. Because of the inauguration and the Super Bowl, Morris will do something different. Watch:Transcript: But even if you’re not able to attend the conference, the thing that I love about the first of the year at Gateway is that we come together.  Whether i … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris is One of Donald Trump’s Spiritual Advisors

Back in June, Donald Trump announced the formation of an evangelical advisory board. At least one member -- James MacDonald -- expressed doubt that the candidate Trump took much advice from the board. However, another member on the inner circle has spoken out favorably about his role in advising Trump. Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, told his congregation two Sundays ago that he was in on a conference call each Monday morning over the past three months and will continue to advise … [Read more...]