What should I bring?

You should bring your Bible and money for meal purchases onsite or conference merchandise.


Is there public transportation available from my hotel to the event site?

Depending on where you are staying, there may be hotel shuttle transportation available to the event site. Please ask the hotel concierge what options are available before making your reservations.

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers conference admission only. Meals, hotel, and transportation are not included.

Can GWSC staff help attendees arrange their hotel stays and transportation?

We are unable to assist attendees with hotel and transportation arrangements. However, we are happy to recommend some hotels in the area. For a list of hotels and special conference group rates, please see the Hotel section.

Will there be any extra fees?

The registration fee covers conference admission and admittance to the youth leader track (for adult youth leaders and pastors). Please visit the Hotel section for information on hotel accommodations. You may also want to bring additional money to purchase conference merchandise.

When can I register to be a volunteer?

You can register to volunteer here. Please note that you must be at least 19 years old to volunteer.

What is the refund policy?

All tickets are transferrable. Thank you for understanding that all payments are non-refundable for any reason, please click here to read our cancellation policy.

Other Questions

Email gwsevents@gatewaypeople.com with any additional questions. 

Who can attend Gateway Student Conference 2017?

Gateway Student Conference is designed for junior high and senior high school students (7-12th graders for the 2017-2018 school year) as well as youth leaders and youth pastors.

Are seats assigned?

All tickets for this conference are general admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. There will be a number of seats saved for worship teams, guest speakers, large groups (40+), and a few special guests. Any other seat-saving before the doors open is not allowed.

Who can attend Gateway Student Conference 2017?

Gateway Student Conference is designed for junior high and senior high school students (7-12th graders for the 2017-2018 school year) as well as youth leaders and youth pastors.

What is the youth leader track?

The youth leader track is available to guest youth leaders and pastors while your students are engaged in community groups with our staff. These 4 sessions are an opportunity to connect with each other and receive valuable behind-the-scenes time with our Gateway Students staff and conference speakers. When it comes time to leave the conference, we want guest youth leaders and pastors to feel refreshed, encouraged, and empowered to lead their students like never before! There is no additional cost for participation in the youth leader track sessions.

I am a youth leader bringing a large group. Can we request group seating?

If you bring of 40 or more participants, you qualify for reserved seating! After you register, we will send you an email to confirm that you would like to take advantage of group seating.

Lost and Found

After each session, items in left in the Auditorium will be collected and put in lost & found along with any items left throughout the building. If you lose anything during GWSC, you can visit the Info Booth in the Main Lobby to see if it was returned there or call/text the number below. 

If you have a lost & found item after GWSC, please call or text (817) 809-6245 or email, gwsevents@gatewaypeople.com. We will only keep lost items for one month before donating them.


Do I have to bring students in order to participate in the youth leader track?

While we would love for you to bring the students from your youth group, it’s not required to participate in the youth leader track. Please note you will need to still purchase tickets for each adult attendee.

Can I register at the door?

If the conference is NOT sold out, at-the-door registration will be accepted at the regular rate.

Will there be childcare available?

There will be no childcare available. Please make outside arrangements (for children younger than 7th grade) if you plan to attend GWSC.

Are partial conference rates available?

Partial registration is not available. We recommend registering and attending as much of the conference as your schedule will allow.

When does the event begin and end?

Check-in begins on Wednesday, July 19, at 3:00 pm. Even though the first session of the conference doesn’t start until 7:00 pm, we start check-in early to accommodate those travelling from out of town and those interested in avoiding lines. The conference concludes on Friday, July 21, by 10pm.

How do I request a scholarship?

Financial Assistance applications are available to students currently attending Gateway Students on Wednesday nights. If you are in need of financial assistance for a current Gateway Student, please fill out the scholarship request form for the campus that your student attends on Wednesday nights. Please fill out one application per student and note that we do expect to sell out of tickets by June, so the earlier you submit an application - the better!


Southlake Campus

Dallas Campus

Frisco Campus

Grand Prairie Campus

North Fort Worth Campus

North Richland Hills Campus


Will meals be provided?

This year, we will be changing some things up for Gateway Student Conference (GWSC) and the way we are handling food and meals for Conference attendees. In years past at GWSC, we have hosted food trucks during meal times for students to purchase food who did not go off site for lunch. This year, instead, we will be having MEAL WRISTBANDS available for purchase! In previous years, students have waited up to and hour and a half to get food and were only able to eat for fifteen minutes. By providing pre-purchased meals, we will no longer have as long of a wait time as students have in the past. This will also help us to prevent overheating while waiting for food, as the Texas Summer is HOT. For a general overall better experience for GWSC attendees, we have determined Meal Wristbands to be our best option. The only option to purchase meals onsite will be through our Cafe. They will provide hot meals ranging $8-$10 per meal.


You may be asking ”What is a Meal Wristband”?  A Meal Wristband will be available for purchase online on Brushfire, the same place that you purchased your GWSC ticket. The cost of the wristband is $40 and will include Lunch and Dinner on both Thursday and Friday. Meal Wristbands will be available for purchase now until Wednesday, July 12th. Once the Meal Wristband is purchased, students will bring that ticket along with their conference ticket to Check-In on Wednesday. At Check-In, they will receive a wristband for their GWSC ticket plus an additional wristband for their Meal Wristband. Once the student has their wristband(s), they will need to wear it visibly on their wrist and have it at the time meals will be served. We will only have one meal option for each lunch/dinner. Students will walk up and show their wristbands and will have their meal given to them. This will significantly decrease wait time and allow students more time to eat and be with friends as well as cut down on the amount of heat strokes that can occur.


If you are interested in being a sponsor at Gateway Student Conference this year, please email gwsevents@gatewaypeople.com for pricing and information.

What should I wear?

Casual attire is recommended. The auditorium is enclosed and air-conditioned. Because the temperatures may vary, we encourage wearing jeans and layered clothing. We suggest bringing a light jacket or hoodie. All of our activities will be indoors.

Which airport should attendees fly in to?

Southlake is near two airports in the DFW Metroplex.

DFW Airport is a 15 minutes drive.

Dallas Love Field is a 35 minutes drive.