We exist to be a different kind of youth conference. Yes, we share many components with other youth conferences, but there are lots of components unique to The Gate. We focus on small group and one-on-one ministries, and the fact that we are the youth portion of a family conference makes us unique specifically in the United Methodist Church. Our desire is to facilitate an atmosphere for young people to connect with God and to be ministered to by the Holy Spirit, not just to "put on" another conference. We strive for true, lasting changes to occur in the lives of those who attend, not just for brief "spiritual experiences."