We hope this info helps to answer some of the more common questions we hear each year. But please don’t hesitate to ask us anything!

Is there a waiting list for the event?

When we reach 350 adult participants, we will cap the attendance and begin a waiting list.

What is the attire?

The attire is resort casual. No need for men to pack a tie – although you will see a few ties and blue blazers at dinner in the evenings. The ballroom and classroom temperatures tend to be quite cold at most hotels, so definitely pack a cardigan, shawl, or jacket. We cover three generations now (from babies to grandparents) in The Gathering, so whatever you feel comfortable wearing is great with us.

Is there an app for the event?

Yes there is an app created just for our event! The app will be released closer to the start of the event and will be your go-to hub for the detailed schedule and updates, a participant directory, speaker details, and more. Stay tuned!

Are there many new people who attend?

Yes! We average about 100 new participants each year, which is exciting for the growth of The Gathering community. If you would like to bring a friend or have us reach out for a conversation, please let us know!

Do you have any activities for my children and grandchildren?

Yes we do! We firmly believe that virtue and philanthropy can be modeled, taught, and celebrated -- even among our youngest participants. It is our greatest hope that your young ones will yearn to return year after year, building friendships that last and learning values that honor your family legacy. We combine the best of rollicking fun and spiritual inquiry, led by a select group of counselors who joyfully serve for the entire weekend. This will be our 11th year to offer GenNext, our youth program at The Gathering for children 3 years old through 12th grade. The GenNext schedule perfectly complements the main Gathering schedule, allowing adults to attend their selected sessions and classes while also giving families some free time together.

Can I bring a friend to a single session or meal?

Anyone who attends the conference, even for a shorter amount of time, must be registered for the event.

Can I raise money for my favorite ministries doing the best work in the Kingdom by buttonholing my peers at The Gathering?

No. The Gathering is a community of friends -- a place to learn, share, and grow without being accosted for funding. This unique environment is intentionally protected by our shared core value of trust. We encourage the enthusiastic exchange of opposing ideas, the joyful celebration of successful giving and meaningful impact, and the painful conversations about hard lessons learned. However, if you feel cornered by an aggressive sales pitch from anyone at our event, whether a participant or a speaker, don’t hesitate to let us know. Your feedback will be kept confidential.

Will The Gathering have photography and videography onsite?

We will have photography and videography onsite. By being a part of the annual conference, you are giving us permission to capture your image. We will not sell or license any of these images and we would only use it to share the story of The Gathering. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Lechner at

“Faith and reason are not, as many seem to be arguing today, mutually exclusive. They never have been.” Francis Collins