Many of you are friends and strong acquaintances with me in the field of youth ministry. Writing at this blog has given me the chance to strengthen ties and grow this community around our shared desire to love and pursue students. There have been numerous times where I have been privy to your wins as well as your difficulties and my understanding of your work comes easy as I am often challenged with similar circumstances.

This is one of those times…

Over the past week my leadership team at Gateway and I have come to a mutual agreement that it’s time for me to transition. Three years ago this past month I stepped into a mission that needed to move away from an event centric context toward a relationally driven position. At the same time the program needed to change. The infusion of student led and student driven experiences were enabled to bring energy, involvement, and movement. In the backdrop of these changes I would be tasked to raise all of the funding for operations and seek donors for this community. The results were stellar! God infused the changes with an influx of broken students hungry for Christ. Multiple stories of life change unfolded in my face weekly. Leaders would discover the gain from being Jesus to broken kids. Students experienced Christ within them as they led themselves and served. I leave this place with a relationally charged culture, student infused serving teams, and intern program birthed, two years of camping ministry begun, and a team of people equipped to lead in my absence.

It has been good.

My bride stepped into the ministry of YoungLives and reaches out with her team to teen moms in NW Austin. I am more proud of her work than my own. I have loved seeing her charged with passion for this community. My children have benefited and grown from our new family and we have been better because of this place.

May 25th is my last office day at Gateway. I will be praying and seeking though out my day for where Jesus is next. The next season is filled with blank pages and I watch even today for what Jesus writes. I’m excited. Pray for us. The Stash will continue and if I can be of help to any of you I now have even more time ;]


I would love to help you chase after students at a week of camp, a retreat, or season where you need an outside specialist or speaker. If you need help and are looking to train or make changes in your program that require an outside consultant I’ll be your huckleberry. Drop me an email.

Thank you for what you do and keep chasing after kids.


Chad Swanzy


7 Responses to “TRANSITION FOR ME”

  1. Pete Eicher May 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Praying for you in this season of change! I so appreciate your hard work on the Stash! It has been such a blessing!

  2. asmtih180 May 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Hey bro, I will be praying for you. God has something amazing in store for you and your family. Let me know if I can help in any way!

    Aaron Smith

  3. Adam J May 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Dear Chad – sent you an email, but will be including you in my prayers for what comes next. Philippians 1:6 bro!

  4. benjamin kerns May 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm #


    I am so sorry to her this news. I will be praying for you and for what is next for you and your family. having a book full of blank pages is eloquent, but also scary. my god show up in real and substantive ways for you in this, hopefully, short lived season.


  5. jonathan May 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Consider me a fan of you and your family. I’ll be praying that all those blank pages get written up with BIG plans in the coming months and years!

  6. Brian May 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Great things in store! I’m a huge fan of the Stash.

  7. Nikomas May 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Sad for your Gateway, but excited for your future. God Bless your family on this new path!

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