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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: 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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8 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!

6 Andrew97

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Narrow Gate from July 2016- February 2017. After graduating college I allowed myself to be controlled by depression and suicidal thoughts and I did not know where to turn. I found Narrow Gate and was told that Jesus was the true answer to everything. I knew God, but did not trust him or believe that he could even help. It was through intensive biblical studies, living in a community that was completely centered on understanding God, and developing a relationship with Jesus that my entire life changed. I learned who God says I am and what He has called me to do! Narrow Gate pointed me to the truth in a way that challenged all my beliefs and allowed me to mold into the disciple that I am today. I will forever be grateful for the things that Narrow Gate has instilled in me. However, the true glory goes to my Father in heaven.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was raised in a family who knew very little about Jesus. With my family values driven by trial and error, the atmosphere surrounding our home seemed to choke the life out of me. I acquired a deep yearning for change, and I found that change at Narrow Gate Foundation. *calming exhale* Throughout the program, I developed a confluent understanding of both head knowledge and heart knowledge surrounding my past, present, and future circumstances. Turns out, Jesus was there the entire time! What a breath of relief it is to know that I'm not alone through times of praise and pain. I have, at Narrow Gate Foundation, discovered my identity and purpose in life, and I can't thank this family enough.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a recent graduate of Narrow Gate, and initially asked to go there because of the incredible change he saw in another young man he knew. I love that NG starts out with going back to the basics and builds from there. They teach life skills and what it practically means to be a follower of Christ, provide in-depth Bible teachings, activities and excursions, and encourage each individual's personality to shine while building relationships. It is an awesome gift to watch the transformation happen in these young men, and also see them continue in this practice of helping others. Narrow Gate is a gift--to families, communities, and ultimately the world. Thank you, Narrow Gate, for your investment in the lives of our kids. Forever grateful.

9 peggycbradley

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Narrow Gate! The time and love they poor into these young men while they are there and even after they leave are beyond words! This is a God Centered Ministry that you can definitely see God working it every single day! When our son was there I had such peace and rest knowing he was being loved and cared for in such a way that I would love and care for him! These people devote 24/7 nonstop attention to these young men and as a foster parent myself for the last 13 years I know exactly how exhausting and how much time it takes from you! But the reward is watching them do well! I can say that when these young men Narrow Gate they are forever changed and they know their place in Gods Kingdom! Narrow Gate my family is forever devoted to you for what y'all have done and giving up to do what you do! God Bless & we love you! Thank you! Peggy Bradley in Odessa Texas

9

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have supported Narrow Gate for the past several years. We have been fortunate to have witnessed first-hand young men’s lives being changed. When we visit the Narrow property you can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit at work. Bill and Stacy Spencer are incredible servants of our Lord and are remarkable stewards to His incredible blessings for Narrow Gate.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been connected with Narrow Gate for 11 years. It has been amazing to watch this great non profit grow all because of their faith in Christ and allowing God to lead them on this journey. Even though I do not have a son that has gone through the program yet, (he is 11 and I call hm NG JR in training) we visit when we can and are truly embraced by compassionate hearts and the love of Christ. As a family, we have met some of the young men along the way and followed their journey. Narrow Gate is life changing, inspirational, encouraging, and God driven. Many, many young men that have gone through the program have been a big ripple effect across our world today. The impact is priceless.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate is the most indescribable experience one can have as a part of their faith journey. The Holy Spirit has filled that property with outstanding leaders who are nothing but faithful to the end. Its an opportunity to witness God's miracle of saving young men and transforming them to be a witness for His Glory. Its an opportunity to get away from the world and be shown the spiritual realm of His Holiness, which is eye opening to see that spiritual warfare exist everyday no matter where you are. But while you are there and upon graduation you exit knowing God is with you wherever you go and most importantly we know the end of the story, HE WON the WAR! I am a Narrow Gater and if you feel like there's something more out there but don't quite know what that maybe, this experience will enlighten you. Back ground doesn't matter because staff knows it just Him writing out His Story. There is fear for each individual but that is quickly overcome by Him. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind." (2Tim. 1:7) Go and see that God is GOOD!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First visited Narrow Gate when it was about 6 months old. Bill and Stacy are the top of the chain in Carrying for kids that need some help and a little push..I still have contact with some of the original guys to go through Narrow
Gate and they are pillows of the community and Christian young men..They have more success stories and the other..This is a great group and we moved and do not get to see them and cook for them anymore. A great Christian study camp and an experience you will never forget..Love you guys and gals..God is great

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Daryl and I learned about Narrow Gate when Bill Spencer and a few Narrow Gate graduates shared their stories one Sunday morning at church. We were deeply moved to hear about how God was transforming young men's lives through this ministry, and we knew we wanted to get involved. Within a few weeks we made our first visit to Narrow Gate and had a chance to spend some time with these guys. What an incredible group of young men! It is so evident that Bill, Stacy and the staff care so deeply about the character development and growth of the guys, and have created an environment of trust and love that allows each of them to discover who they are and how they can best use the gifts they have been given. We can't say enough good things about Narrow Gate!

11

Former staff

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate was the tool God used to shape me into the man I am today. Without the foundational truths and values I learned here as a student I wouldn't be where I'm at in life.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life was a complete mess before narrow gate. A broken drug addict with no sense of direction or purpose in my life. Narrow gate has swung the doors wide open for me. This place allowed me to seek the god of love that radically changed my life.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

God used this ministry and the staff involved to radically change my life. Before coming to Narrow Gate in 2009, I had been to a handful of drug rehabs and Christian programs. Nothing worked, and I didn't have much of a hope that Narrow Gate would do anything to help my addictions either. What would end up happening though, is a complete and total transformation of my life. The setup and culture at Narrow Gate allowed my old identity to be stripped away from me, and the incredible teachings and unconditional acceptance from the staff allowed God to implant his new identity within me.

I initially went to Narrow Gate so I would stop doing drugs. I figured I would go and get clean and then come back home to live my life; maybe get a job, maybe go back to school, etc. What I actually got was a complete transformation of my life and also the lives of my family/friends. I'm beyond thankful for the staff at Narrow Gate and their willingness to lay their lives down for a guy like me, someone who thought he wasn't worthy of anything good. This is what the love of God looks like, and this is why Narrow Gate works.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is difficult to briefly sum up what a wonderful organization Narrow Gate is and how life-changing the experience is for the young men who attend Narrow Gate. God is using Bill and Stacy Spencer, along with Narrow Gate staff and volunteers, to demonstrate God's love, mercy and grace to these young men...and then discipling them, challenging them, offering them opportunities to learn new skills and helping them answer the questions of "Why am I here?" and "What is my purpose?"...all to help these young men become all that God has created each of them to be.

My son entered Narrow Gate as a student in May 2014 and was a different young man when he left there. Prior to Narrow Gate, he had struggled with questions about God, about his own purpose and direction...but left there knowing he had a personal, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and relationship with Him, and also had developed a sense of God's purpose for his life.

The staff and volunteers associated with Narrow Gate will truly love your young man and will truly help him find God's best for his life.

I'm a grateful mom of a blessed Narrow Gate graduate.

14 Gail65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my son was 22 he was throwing his life in the gutter. His days included drinking, smoking weed/spice, playing video games and chillin with "friends". All the things he thought were fun. He became very skinny and sick. He ended up in the emergency room a couple times with stomach problems. I just knew he was dying on the inside because it showed on the outside. A friend at church told me about Narrow Gate Foundation. Her son had been there several years before and it had helped him tremendously. After speaking to my son about it a couple different times, he decided to half heartily look into it. He knew he was on a very dangerous path. IT wasnt long, he had filled out the paperwork and after a few calls from a staff member he was accepted into the program. Within a couple of months he was living in a tent on a hill. This is where it all started. The staff at NGF loved him into their arms and introduced him to their God in a way he had never known before. He became hungry for Gods Word and studied, read, and prayed daily. I cant say enough about the staff and volunteers at Narrow Gate foundation. They are angels on earth working with one boy at a time showing him the way to become a young man and one of Gods Disciples. Brent has been there over a year now. He has been working at NGA which is a leather, wood and metal shop, He loves his job and the people he works with.
Two years ago i was sick with worry that Brent wouldnt live another year. Now, because of Narrow Gates love for MY Son, he is living a life he never thought possible and loving every minute of it. Praise God for Narrow GAte Foundation!

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Narrow Gate Foundation is truly a vibrant community comprised of those who know what it is to desperately search for one's identity, and finally find it in Jesus Christ. I have witnessed firsthand the journey of discovery, acceptance, and transformation this wonderful organization makes possible for the young men fortunate enough to experience it. With Narrow Gate, you will find yourself deeply challenged and deeply loved, all at the same time. There is no shortage of those in our society asking the vitally important questions: "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" I am truly thankful Narrow Gate Foundation exists to graciously and lovingly come alongside young men in their quest for the answers!

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son entered Narrow Gate in 2011. He came out of there a changed man. The time spent there taught him what it means to be a sold out Christ follower. He learned who he is in Christ and what God desires from him as a man of God. To be bold in sharing the truth and wisdom he gained, to make a difference for His kingdom and to serve Him faithfully always. Narrow Gate changed him from the inside out and because of this, it changed our entire family for the good. We have seen the fruits of Bill and Stacys labor of love do great things in other young men as well. We love the staff at Narrow Gate and we will continue to support them financially, through prayer and volunteering as long as we can. Thankful beyond all measure for this ministry and their staff.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I our supporters of Narrow Gate. They our very obedient to their call to ministry. This organization has help numerous young men to become Godly men, fulfilling their call in life! So many lives have been blessed through this ministry. If you have a chance to listen to the teaching of God through His servant, Bill Spencer you will be blessed as well.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that tells 18-25 year old men who they are why they are here. They take in all types of people but in many cases the ones that even society has given up on and shows them the love, light, and peace of Jesus.

11 James183

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son entered the program at Narrow Gate in 2007. It was a life/changing experience for him. From my personal experience with Narrow Gate, I have witnessed how the love of God can transform young men under the guidance and teaching of Bill and Stacy Spencer. I have always been impressed how well they conserve the funds they raise and how many Tennessee folks have poured their time and resources into this program to make it work. They have always been transparent and open with everything. I have never felt more close to God than when Bill Spencer ministers to these guys. I often marveled on how Narrow Gate survives financially since the cost to the men's families was so affordable. To honor that I contributed $100 a month for several years as my ability to do so Permitted. Supporting Narrow Gate loves these young men in ways you could never imagine. Jesus Christ runs Narrow Gate. Bill and Stacy are his servants. The photo is of my blessing to my son at his graduation; the most honorable moment of our relationship.