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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: Narrow Gate Foundation holds to a single core purpose: to invest our resources for the Glory of God by making disciples of Jesus. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering Christian discipleship, we equip and train young men, develop business discipleship platforms, and serve local church communities.

Results: We've served over 300 young men and their families in the past 12 years. On top of the 24/7 disicipleship experience offered through Narrow Gate Lodge (for young men ages 18-25), we've also launched Narrow Gate Artisans (www.ngartisans.com). Narrow Gate Artisans exists to glorify God by discipling Narrow Gate graduates in Kingdom business and craftsmanship, and by providing a sustainable source of support to our parent organization, the Narrow Gate Foundation. Our products made of wood, leather, and metal represent raw materials which have been transformed into vessels of usefulness and beauty - just like the young men who participate in the Narrow Gate Lodge experience. Most recently, we launched our Servants Table initiative which is a unique disciple-making model, run in partnership with local churches, that creates transformative communities for the purpose of equipping individuals to come together and serve one another as they grow in maturity in Christ. Learn more at www.servantstable.org

Target demographics: young men, their families and churches

Direct beneficiaries per year: young men on our property, hundreds in local congregations and many more through speaking engagements and social media

Geographic areas served: Discipleship Ministry

Programs: personal discipleship, models for the local church and businesses that help young men get employment and learn how to allow their Christian worldview to impact the business world

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 Sarah337

Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother attended Narrow Gates this past year (2016 ),and it has been life changing, for he and our relationship. My brother dropped out of college to pursue music which didn't turn out like he expected and without a college degree I watched his self confidence plummet. He found a place among a crowd of partiers, which were not a good influence. It broke my heart to watch my best friend slowly lose his joy for life, thinking it was found in the nightlife. He wasn't the brother I knew anymore. After a lot of prayers, a few wonderful people entered his life, and told my brother about Narrow Gates. My brother recently graduated and his love for life his back! His mind, soul and heart are wise, sound and full of abundant joy. He now has two jobs, is active in his church and feels called to lead in ministry one day. Most important, his relationship with God is stronger than ever. He no longer carries a weight of guilt around for he knows God loves him regardless. Narrow Gates changed my brother's life. The leaders, teachers, and skills the boys learn at Narrow Gates will help any young man in life, and I recommend this beautiful place in a heartbeat!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate Foundation has my changed my life. I came here in September of 2018, and this has been the best experience and season of my life. First off the property is beautiful! Narrow Gate is a place to just get away for awhile from your normal everyday routine, meet new people, and strengthen your relationship with God. The relationships I have made here will be lifelong relationships, and that is because we all wanted one thing, and that is purpose. I love my brothers that I have met here. The staff is amazing. They're so loving, caring, and kind! I am a better man today because of Narrow Gate!

1 Caleb W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been to rehab before and that is not what this place is. Narrow Gate is like a family to me now although I thought it was like a program at first. Came here to change myself and am leaving this place willing to change others. 10 out of 10 Would Recommend

-Chief

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Narrow Gate has been the richest 7 months of my life. Through my encounter with this place and it's people I have learned so much about myself and relationships and God that exceeds any other curriculum, book or program. Christ is truly at the center of this place.

1 rocksideranch

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the chance to visit Narrow Gate Lodge and had a wonderful experience. You could feel the presence of God at work just by walking around and talking to the students and staff. Bill and Stacy and the entire team are doing amazing work in their community and around the world. We are praying for more and more lives to be touched and restored as the ministry at Narrow Gate Lodge continues to grow.

1 Ross M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate Foundation changed my life. It did just that, laid the foundation that the rest of my life would be founded on. Today, no matter what happens in life, I am able to lean on the truths that I was able to soak in at Narrow Gate. I am so grateful for the directors, staff, and supporter of Narrow Gate. I have no idea where I would be today if it were not for the grace of God taking me to such an amazing place to learn who He is and what He says about me!

1 Pastor Nashville

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I enjoy supporting this ministry because I have witnessed, first hand, the impact Narrow Gate Foundation has on the hearts and minds of young men. Narrow Gate's impact on a young man's personhood and occupational life is effective no matter that how great or small the student's challenges are.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is a life-changing organization that God is using and growing in mighty ways! I am blessed to know and interact with a lot of the guys who go through this program, and I am always struck by the grace and power they have encountered at Narrow Gate when they share their stories of redemption. Narrow Gate gives these young men space and time to see God for who He really is, to cultivate a relationship with Him that is personal and genuine, and they leave the program ready to impact the world for good. Narrow Gate makes disciples who then go out and change the world. Praise God for this place!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After first attending The Refuge church, I had heard about a place called NarrowGate. It was supposed to be a place where young men went, but I wasn't sure what it was exactly and continued to hear it mentioned.

I finally made the decision that I needed to go visit this pace, when someone had said, "of course everyone has been to NarrowGate". It was right then that I decided I needed to make the time.

Our 27th year wedding anniversary was coming up soon, during Valentines week. I had already planned to take the day off. My wife Tracy and I already had plans to go to the local movie theater that night, including dinner before beforehand. That morning, I went to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, and afterwards, I was wide open.

When I pulled into NarrowGate, it appeared to be a vacation lodge. After being greeted by several young men, I was able to meet w/ Weston Brann, as previously planned. He gave me a tour of several areas and then I was given a further involved tour by some of the gentlemen I had previously met at The Refuge church. They showed me where they ate, where they studied, where they worked, where they slept, where they prayed. They could actually go outside to the beautiful outdoors and pray wherever they were standing, or kneeling.

When I was done with a good portion of the tour, it reminded me of the many Retreats I had taken throughout the years. These including both my time in high school, as I went to an All-male high school and retreats were part of the curriculum norm. And this setting also reminded me of when Tracy and I had gone to them as a young married couple.

The layout, although close to town, is secluded, peaceful and serene. One could definitely find the time and mood to reflect, gather one's thoughts and feelings, and make decisions that would ultimately be Life, game-changers.

I invite anyone and all to pay a visit to NarrowGate to see firsthand where lives are changing.

Mike Reyes

2 Ali S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate Foundation has made a forever impact on my life as well as the life of my husband who graduated the program in July of 2015. Before Narrow Gate Blake was at a very delicate place in life where he was trying to figure out who he was and why he existed. A question that all of us wrestle through at some point in life. When he was 18 he took the leap of faith to start the program and never looked back. At NG he learned in depth biblical knowledge, life skills, true community, and found a security in Christ that he had never experienced before! He found brothers and made real relationships that will last a lifetime. We got married on the Narrow Gate property last year, as it is a very special place for the both of us! What he learned and experienced will carry him through the rest of his life! We are so grateful for Bill and Stacy and the whole staff and team at Narrow Gate for pouring their life and heart into this ministry!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family will be forever grateful for Narrow Gate. Narrow Gate provided a place where our son not only renewed his commitment to Jesus; he found himself and the brothers he desperately needed. The Narrow Gate staff lovingly offered the structure and the Spirit-filled guidance that has helped Sam mature as a young man. We are always available to answer questions and pray with you.

2 Cole P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

God has set Narrow Gate apart as a healing ground and place to know him. Narrow Gate was the best decision I have ever made. My knowledge of the Bible and relationship with Christ has been established permanently. If I could do it 4x over I would in a heartbeat.!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I graduated from Narrow Gate in 2016 and nothing has been the same since I showed up to the property. My life COMPLETELY changed during my stay there. I found purpose in my life for the first time, came to understand what family truly looks like and ultimately discovered who God truly is. Going to Narrow Gate was one of the best decisions of my life.

2 Mullin G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

God has used Narrow Gate to change my life forever, and I am forever grateful! I’ve been able to experience the true joy of knowing God starting at Narrow Gate. Whether it be the Appalachian Trail, the artisan work shops, awesome Bible studies, and simply living in a Christ-centered community, God has changed me, transformed, and shaped me into the disciple that He desires and knows the true joy of serving and knowing Him. Thank you to Bill and Stacy, all the staff, and those involved with Narrow Gate who helped create and maintain the place that I’ve experienced God like never before! Narrow Gate will always mean home and family to me. God bless.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate has been an exceptional family for my son. He was in a place of indecision, confusion and overall complacency. His time at Narrow Gate caused him to think about his purpose in life, the gifts that he has to offer the world around him, and the importance of quality relationships that honor God. My son has some medical issues and the staff were amazing in their abilities to adapt to his needs. As you can see in the picture, quite a few people came out to see him graduate and encourage him on in his next steps of life. All were impressed with the grounds and commented on what a great place this is. I do not hesitate to recommend Narrow Gate to any young man that lacks purpose in his life or has had difficulty transitioning into manhood.

2 Christine M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place changed my brothers life ! He was really struggling and this place gave him passion, purpose, and a foundation in Christ.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is THE BEST!! Before my husband and I dropped our son off at Narrow Gate last year, we were scared, mentally exhausted, and feeling hopeless. Our 23-year-old son had been struggling with substance abuse and addiction for many years, and had experienced failure after failure. He was lost, and so were we.
When we arrived at Narrow Gate, we were greeted by an amazing group of young men, students at Narrow Gate. They were all so friendly, polite, respectful, and they looked and seemed happy and healthy. We were impressed. And then, we got to meet the staff and hear more about what to expect during the next eight months for our son. We were further impressed by the wonderful staff. We sensed their commitment and dedication, and how much they genuinely cared for and believed in these struggling young men. When we left our son there at Narrow Gate that first day, we drove off feeling at peace and a sense of hope.
As the weeks and months went on, we witnessed a transformation in our son! It was absolutely amazing! He was an immature 23-year-old kid, with no direction or purpose when he started there, and transformed into a mature, respectful MAN, with direction, a purpose, a positive identity of himself in Christ, and equipped to function as a mature adult in this world. He learned about responsibility and hard work, and how to get along well with others, and problem solving. He enjoyed learning skills like woodworking, welding, cooking, budgeting money, resume writing, and more. He also loved studying and digging deep into God's word. He enjoyed the camaraderie and lifelong bonds and friendships that he formed while at Narrow Gate. And he met so many incredible people along the way! For a young man who wasn't so sure he wanted to even go to Narrow Gate, he later expressed many times how very glad he did!!
I really cannot say enough good things about Narrow Gate Lodge! It truly was a life changer for our son!! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this to other young men who are struggling in this world, no matter what the reason is. ❤️ Narrow Gate Foundation ❤️

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is an amazing organization that helped my son and our whole family. We couldn't be MORE pleased and thankful for the entire team at Narrow Gate! We will be actively promoting and suggesting NG to other young men who are facing challenges in their lives.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 21-year-old son, Landon Upchurch, began his journey at Narrow Gate in January 2017. He is a hard worker but floundered in finding his work passion and was struggling greatly spiritually. Basically he was stuck in a rut on many levels and nothing we did seemed to lift him out. Once we learned about Narrow Gate he quickly submitted an application as he was ready to make life changes. After the process of applying he learned he had been accepted and we were all thrilled. Currently he has a few weeks remaining in his 9-month stay and he is completely changed. He has gained spiritual depth and insight and wants to help others grow in their faith and learn the things he's been taught. He has gained a sense of confidence socially and has been empowered to start moving toward his dreams in a new career. This has absolutely been the best program he could have ever been a part of. Not only has he changed but our entire family has also grown in our faith as we see the great things God has done during our son's time at Narrow Gate. We are so thankful that God used Narrow Gate to rescue our son.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't think there are enough stars on here to rate this place. Through God, Bill and Stacy Spencer along with the rest of the Narrow Gate staff led me to find God and establish my relationship with Him. I'm so grateful to Narrow Gate and the wonderful environment it is that allows us to hear the voice of God. I'm a changed man leaving Narrow Gate and the work doesn't stop here! So blessed!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My son attended Narrow Gate from 7/16-2/17. At the graduation ceremony I witnessed both the growth toward maturity in Christian and the firm grasp God has on his heart. What a blessing it is to see hope on my son’s face, peace in his heart and joy in his life again. I have always known God had a special plan for Christian’s life and to see him embrace that challenge and confidently walk where God leads is an answer to years of tearful, anguished prayer.

I quickly realized Christian had become more than just a “new and improved” version of my son. I felt like I had to get to know him again because he had become a new creation…as if he had truly been born again. For the first time he spoke passionately about his love of learning scripture and how he experienced God’s unconditional love. Christian so eloquently described to me how Galatians 2:20 changed the way he understood that he was created to live for Christ, not just for himself. He was free from the chains of his past, his future is full of possibilities and wanted to live a life of faith that pleased God.

If you had told me six years ago I would get the chance to write these words about Christian, to witness his rebirth and dare to have hope for his future, I am not sure I would have believed you. But here we are eight months later and I get to write and say thank you Narrow Gate Staff for giving Christian the hope of a bright future, the faith that moves mountain and the love found only in Christ. Thank you for helping Christian become a new creation.

I want to express how grateful I am for the life-changing program at Narrow Gate. I am grateful that Christian was willing to work hard, let go of entangling sin, listen to God’s voice and surrender his life to Christ. I am grateful to the staff that have poured knowledge into Christian and been outstanding role models for him. I am grateful for Bill and Stacy's commitment to these young men. I am grateful that God is who he says He is...able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can imagine.