Schedule of Events

Here’s a high-level schedule of our time together in Key Biscayne.

Please note: To respect privacy, our GenNext Director, Hannah Carter, will send all parents the detailed GenNext schedule in August.
GenNext Schedule


8:00 AM - 9:30 PM Grand Ballroom Foyer

Gathering and GenNext Check-In Desk

Please stop by The Gathering and GenNext Check-In table to pick up your name badges, ask any questions and meet the staff!

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Ponce De Leon

HOPE Poverty Simulation

The HOPE Poverty Simulation is a 2 ½ -hour, immersive, experiential learning opportunity designed to help participants symbolically experience some of the realities of a lifetime of poverty. Additional registration is required.

5:00 – 6:00 PM Oceanfront Lawn

New Participant Welcome with The Gathering Board of Directors

All first-year participants will join The Gathering Board for an informal social hour before heading together to dinner. This is a great chance to meet new folks before the evening begins.

6:30 – 8:30 PM Grand Ballroom

Dinner and Session 1

Dinner followed by worship with Sandra McCracken and hearing from our guest speaker Kim Kuo, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications & Communities for Coca-Cola Consolidated, who will be speaking on "Waking to Hope".

8:30 - 9:30 PM Grand Ballroom Foyer

Dessert Party & Coffee Bar

All Participants, Speakers and GenNext are invited to end the first night in the sweetest way.


7:00-7:30 AM Davis

Morning Prayer

Please join other Gathering participants in a tradition of beginning the day with a quiet, informal morning prayer time.

7:00 - 8:20 AM Grand Lawn

Come-and-Go Breakfast

Casual breakfast. Come and go as you please. Kids participating in GenNext will need to eat here before starting their day.

8:30-10:00 AM Grand Ballroom

Session 2

Worship with Sandra McCracken, testimonial shared by Dr. Vinh and Leisle Chung and Bible teaching with Bryan Loritts.

10:00-10:30 AM Grand Ballroom Foyer


Grab a coffee and start a conversation in the hallways before morning classes begin.

Morning Class Options

10:30-12:00 PM Ponce De Leon

Growing Organizations and Ministries

Evan Feinberg, Jeff Shinabarger, Patrick Riley. Moderated by Peter Greer.

Every year, thousands of new ventures, ministries and organizations are started and the mortality rate is high - especially in the first five years. Incubators, accelerators, mentors and coaches play a unique role in those who survive and grow. How do these three practitioners identify and support those with potential?

10:30-12:00 PM Plaza Ballroom 1

#Silence is Not Spiritual

Belinda Bauman, Lisa Sharon Harper, Nikki Toyama-Szeto

More than 150 leaders from across the world are calling upon the global faith community to stop standing by and start standing up for women and girls who suffer violence. Meet the founders and leaders of this movement.

10:30 - 12:00 PM Plaza Ballroom 2

The Great Opportunity

Joshua Crossman, Jon Tyson, Nancy Ortberg, Tom Lin

The next 30 years will represent the largest missions opportunity in the history of America. The Pinetops Foundation will host this look into the range of challenges and opportunities for the church and share results of their study of how funders can support the work of the church in America

10:30 – 12:00 PM Davis

Food Insecurity

Jeff Dykstra, Ross Baird, Asma Lateef. Moderated by Steve Haas.

Millions of people around the world have insufficient access to food. How do we increase that access in ways that do not create dependency? Our three resources have many years of experience in agricultural enterprises, corporate partnerships and supporting entrepreneurs solving the world’s largest problems in food.

12:15-1:45 PM Grand Ballroom

Lunch and Session 3

All Gathering participants have lunch together and enjoy a discussion between our esteemed guest speakers, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

One-Hour Afternoon Sprint Class Options

2:00-3:00 PM Ponce De Leon

Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I Have Loved

Kate Bowler with John Townsend

In 2015, Kate Bowler, a professor at Duke, a wife and mother of a young child, was told she had Stage 4 cancer. She has been living since then in three month increments between chemo treatments. Her book has become a best seller and her words a source of encouragement for many. “Life is so beautiful. Life is so hard.”

2:00-3:00 PM Plaza Ballroom 1

What Is Next?

Ryan Skoog, Robin Bruce, Mat Clouse, David Clouse, David Weekley, Tim Skoog. Moderated by Christin McClave.

There are now three generations of Gathering participants and far more variety in what we think, what we fund, and what we believe. We might be surprised by the differences and also the similarities. If you want to be part of an inter-generational conversation about these changes, join us.

2:00 – 3:00 PM Plaza Ballroom 2

Kick The Tires

Paul Penley, Steve Laird, Doug Free, David Wills

If you have been looking for practices and perspective from peers who have learned from years of experience in giving, this is the place. As well, our special resource will be Dr. Paul Penley, Director of Research for Excellence in Giving. Paul has evaluated hundreds of non-profits for donors.

3:00-5:45 PM

Free Time

Enjoy time as a family and perhaps take in a little ocean air!

3:15-4:15 PM Salon 4

Ethical Storytelling

Rachel Goble, Justin Boswell

“We tell stories to invite people in, to raise money, give money and share what we do. Stories are our currency and we want to tell them well. How can we tell stories that are imaginative, ethical, and true about who we are and what we do?”

6:00-9:00 PM

Friday Night Dinners

You are going to love what’s in store for this year’s four Friday Dinners at The Gathering. Be sure to register and claim your space!


7:00-7:30 AM Davis

Morning Prayer

Please join other Gathering participants in a tradition of beginning the day with a quiet, informal morning prayer time.

7:00 - 8:20 AM Grand Lawn

Come-and-Go Breakfast

Casual breakfast. Come and go as you please. Kids participating in GenNext will need to eat here before starting their day.

8:30 - 10:00 AM Grand Ballroom

Session 4

Worship with Sandra McCracken, a special message from Fred Smith about The Gathering and Bible teaching with Bryan Loritts.

10:00 - 10:30 AM Grand Ballroom Foyer


Grab a coffee and start a conversation in the hallways before morning classes begin.

Morning Class Options

10:30 - 12:00 PM Salon 3

Dynamics of Family Philanthropy In An Age Of Entitlement

John Townsend

How you can prevent and resolve family entitlement attitudes, so that your families, generations, and legacies are secure, and not divided. John Townsend, psychologist, family coach, organizational consultant and the co-author of “Boundaries” and “The Entitlement Cure” is with us again this year.

10:30 - 12:00 PM Plaza Ballroom 1

What In The World Is Going On?

Michael Gerson, Ross Douthat, Peter Wehner

Join three internationally acclaimed journalists and authors for a session on a whole range of topics. We typically just turn them loose and see where it goes.

10:30 - 12:00 PM Salon 4

The Family and Philanthropy

Ginny Esposito

Join Ginny Esposito, the Founder and President of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, in a discussion of principles and practices of families engaged in giving. Family philanthropy has unique challenges but rewards that last for generations.

10:30 - 12:00 PM Plaza Ballroom 2

Housing Justice and Freedom of Land Use

Jonathan Coppage, Eddy Moratin, Johnny Sanphillippo, Emma Green, Eric Jacobsen. Moderated by Howard Ahmanson.

Housing affordability and freedom of land use issues affect all people and institutions, regardless of economic background, race or ethnicity. Host Howard Ahmanson believes these two issues are the leading social justice concerns of our time. Christians are responsible for both their communities and the built-environment they inhabit. This panel addresses challenges to housing affordability, the importance of land use freedom, and how Christian funders can empower solutions to complex problems. This session includes policy-oriented, historical, theological, journalistic, and community-development perspectives.

Saturday Afternoon Options

12:15 - 4:15 PM Ponce De Leon

Option 1: Praxis Nonprofit Finale and Luncheon

This invitation-only event (all Gathering participants are invited) is hosted by Praxis during The Gathering. The goal of Praxis is to provide a compelling opportunity for you to engage as mentors and philanthropists with some of the most creative work being done by Christians globally. You’ll hear well-crafted 5-minute presentations from our Fellows, mentor them through interactive roundtables, engage in interactive conversations with leading investors, and connect with your peers in an informal setting.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. The Praxis Nonprofit Accelerator Finale Event is held onsite at The Gathering and requires separate registration. All Gathering participants are encouraged and welcome to attend. For more information and to register for the Praxis Lunch and Nonprofit Finale, please visit the Praxis Nonprofit Finale event website.

12:15 - 5:30 PM

Option 2: Free Time

Lunch is on your own. Please note: If your children are registered for GenNext, they will be busy with their own activities Saturday afternoon – and you will be free to attend Praxis or hang out at the pool!

5:00 - 6:00 PM Grand Ballroom Foyer

Book Signing

Join several Gathering participants and speakers with new books out for an informal book signing before dinner.

6:00 - 7:30 PM Grand Ballroom

Dinner and Session 5

Enjoy another fabulous Ritz dinner buffet and an evening conversation with David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

7:45 PM - 9:30 PM Grand Ballroom

The Gathering Fifth Annual Movie Night -
"25 in 24" a documentary featuring Jon Foreman

Families are encouraged to stick around for a movie night brought to you by Jon Foreman and the band members of SWITCHFOOOT themselves! Jon will be talking about his most recent documentary, "25 in 24", and after the film the band will share some exciting news about a new project they are working on -you do not want to miss this! Here’s a quick synopsis of the film: On October 24 at 10am, Jon Foreman and his friends embarked on a music journey throughout San Diego aiming to play 25 shows in 24 hours. With venues including a children's hospital, a wedding, and a Mexican restaurant, 25 IN 24 is a 24-hour musical experience exploring the polarity of everyday life, taking viewers to places that only music can go. Through his journey, Foreman discovers that the road less traveled is always worth the risk, and sometimes the only way to hold on is to let go.


7:00 - 8:20 AM Grand Lawn

Come-and-Go Breakfast

Casual breakfast. Come and go as you please.

8:15 - 8:30 AM Grand Ballroom

GenNext Closing Celebration

GenNext families (grandparents are welcome!) will enjoy a Closing Celebration with honored guest speaker Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the beloved "Jesus Storybook Bible."

8:30 -10:00 AM Grand Ballroom

Session 6 and Communion

We will wrap up our time together with worship led by Sandra McCracken, Bible teaching with Bryan Loritts and Communion.

10:00 AM