Event Options

Event Options

Exciting optional activities are available at the conference! Each of these events requires advance reservations (separate from your event registration), and are first come, first served. Please reserve your spot for each as soon as possible.

Friday Night Dinners

Friday, September 27, 5:40-9:30 p.m.

You are going to love what’s new for Friday Night Dinners at The Gathering. This year we invite you to a variety of dinners hosted by friends of The Gathering in their unique homes. We want to provide a relaxed setting for you to enjoy the company of your fellow participants. Some dinners will be comfortable and carefree, untethered from any agenda. Another will offer a stimulating theme. And we’re introducing a special option for a small group of women to share a conversation around a picnic table, and a similar opportunity for a small group of men to retreat to a “man cave” for a more revealing dialogue.

At this time, all dinners are full. To be added to a waiting list, please email maggie@thegathering.com


Women only: Neighbor’s Table


Sarah Harmeyer, founder of Neighbor’s Table, invites you to a lovely curated evening of dinner and conversation. The evening will be spent outdoors sitting elbow-to-elbow with Gathering women to, as Sarah says, celebrate the nostalgia of hand craftsmanship, to welcome the beauty of slowing down in our modern world, and to just be present at the table with, and for, each other.

Open to 20 women participants of all ages and life experiences.

This dinner is fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please email maggie@thegathering.com


Men only: Beckett Home


Jim Beckett, the founder of the eponymous sports collectibles media empire, invites a group of Gathering men to join him in his “man cave.” Jim is a lover of people and quality conversation. Over the years, he has been facilitating a series of dinner discussions with men that has pushed them to wrestle with and open up about knotty, important issues. Come ready to listen, share, and indulge in some Texas BBQ!

Open to 20 men participants of all ages and life experiences.

This dinner is fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please email maggie@thegathering.com


Crow Home


Theme: The rise of technology and the role for our faith. Harlan and Kathy Crow welcome you to their jaw-dropping library filled with art, historic documents, and artifacts. This is the perfect backdrop to host a dinner exploration about our technology-driven future and the role of our faith in shaping that reality. What does the future hold for our physical, digital, and spiritual selves? A discussion with Francis Collins, who led the mapping of the human genome and now heads the National Institutes of Health, and Deborah Haarsma, who leads BioLogos and holds a PhD in astrophysics from MIT -- interspersed with table conversations with your peers.

Open to 55 men and women participants.

This dinner is fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please email maggie@thegathering.com


Porter Home


Reid and Ellen Porter invite you to an evening of dinner and fellowship at their Dallas home. There is no agenda for this dinner besides enjoying each other’s company and, of course, delicious food. With an outdoor area and indoor space, this is the place where the introvert can settle into a nook and focus on a single conversation, and the extrovert can mingle and float from one cluster of friends to the next.

Open to 55 men and women participants. No agenda.

This dinner is fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please email maggie@thegathering.com


Mitchell Home


Lee Roy and Tandy Mitchell open their one-of-a-kind backyard pavilion to you for dinner. Surrounded by lush greenery, this setting is a wall of windows to organic beauty. Sit down for dinner next to a new friend. Or round up a few old friends and sign up together. There is no agenda for this dinner. Just come and be merry.

Open to 55 men and women participants. No agenda.

This dinner is fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please email maggie@thegathering.com

Stewarding Capital

A briefing about aligning all your capital to His mission

Thursday, September 26, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spend the afternoon (before the conference kicks off) with your Gathering peers to learn and discuss what it means to deploy all your capital for impact. Beyond making grants, most participants at The Gathering are also responsible for stewarding foundation endowments, family offices, and personal assets. How can we effectively steer those dollars toward significant impact while generating financial returns? Whether you’re just learning about “mission-related investing” or you’ve already allocated your entire portfolio to faith-driven investments, get to Dallas early to join the conversation.

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Praxis

Nonprofit Showcase
& Luncheon

Saturday, September 28, 12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Praxis Showcase highlights 12 Christian-led, top nonprofit organizations as they seek the redemptive edge in their industries. Over the course of a year, selected Praxis Fellows attend four events: a kickoff event within the annual Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit in May, a four-day retreat outside of New York in July, a three-day gathering near Los Angeles in September, and this Showcase event at The Gathering. At Praxis mentoring events, Fellows are guided by over 30 incredible mentors from top nonprofits, foundations, and businesses. In addition, the Praxis Core Team works with each entrepreneur to deeply examine their redemptive strategy (the venture’s expression and impact in the world); redemptive operations (its functions, processes, culture, and partnerships); and redemptive leadership (the founders’ character, motives, imagination, and practices).

The goal of Praxis is to provide Fellows with the knowledge and network they need to create world-class organizations, all within a safe setting that encourages them to explore how to fully express the Gospel within their work. As you get to know the Fellows, you’ll be encouraged about this next generation of talent who are building redemptive ventures around the world. The Showcase event includes five-minute pitches from each of the 2019 Nonprofit Fellows (12 ventures), followed by an informal Open House for you to meet and interact with our wonderful group of entrepreneurs.

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1:1 Coaching

with John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend, a long-time and trusted Gathering resource, has again provided us with a limited number of coaching appointment times for our conference this year. John is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including the groundbreaking series, Boundaries. As a psychologist, family coach, and consultant to businesses and ministries, he has been helping Gathering attendees for years across their personal, family, and professional lives. His breakout sessions at the conference are often standing-room-only, and these coaching sessions are oversubscribed. You may sign-up as an individual or as a couple.

Sessions are now full. Please email maggie@thegathering.com if you would like to be added to a waiting list.