Schedule

Schedule of Events

Here’s the schedule of our time together in Carlsbad, so you will be where you want to be, when you want to be – we just know we want you with us. Check back closer to the event time, as we make minor adjustments as the schedule changes!

Note: Are you looking for the GenNext schedule? Email GenNext Director Hannah Carter for the most up-to-date schedule.

What you need to know now:

  • As part of our commitment to providing you the highest-quality experience possible, we will cap attendance this year at 350 adult participants and 100 GenNext participants. We are getting close to maximum capacity, and we encourage you to register as soon as possible.
  • You don’t have to sign up to attend any of the regular classes, but you do need to sign up in advance if you want to participate in The Briefing, Praxis Finale, Friday Dinners, and Private Counseling/Coaching.
  • You may sign up for any of these above right here. Space is limited so do so as soon as you can.
  • The first event begins Thursday at 1 p.m. We will dismiss at 10 a.m. on Sunday after Communion and Worship.
  • The GenNext Schedule will be released a bit later in the summer. For planning purposes, it will follow the same hours as the adult participant’s schedule. (GenNext does run during the adult Free Time and Praxis Finale on Saturday afternoon.)

Wednesday

5:00 - 8:00 PM Grand Ballroom Promenade

Gathering and GenNext Check-In Desk

Gathering and GenNext check-in begins.

Thursday

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM Grand Ballroom Promenade

Gathering and GenNext Check-In Desk

Gathering and GenNext check-in continues all day at your convenience.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Aviara Salon A & B

Briefing: How Do We Live with Our Deepest Differences?

Our first event of the weekend begins with an in-depth discussion led by Shannon Sedgwick Davis, Todd Deatherage and Os Guinness. *Advance reservations are required. You may do so at this time here.

5:00 – 6:00 PM Aviara Courtyard and Foyer

New Participant Welcome with The Gathering Board of Directors

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

5:30 – 6:20 PM Palm Courtyard

Welcome for All Participants

Music by Gathering participant and harpist Wendy Smith.

6:30 – 8:15 PM Grand Ballroom

Dinner and Evening Meeting

Dinner and Main Session with Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, co-authors of “I’ll Push You.” Spoken Word poetry with Micah Bournes.

8:15 – 8:30 PM

Quick Break

Grab some popcorn and get ready for movie night!

8:30-10:30 PM Grand Ballroom

The Gathering Fourth Annual Movie Night, followed by a Q and A with Justin and Patrick

Onsite at the Park Hyatt Aviara: Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck’s Documentary “I’ll Push You”

“A journey of 500 miles, two best friends, and one wheelchair.” In 2012, Justin, who lives with a progressive neuromuscular disease and manages life from a power wheelchair learned about the historic pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James. He had the urge to tackle it and asked Patrick what he thought. Patrick’s response was simple and direct. He said, “I’ll push you!” This story has opened many doors for both Patrick and Justin to share their unapologetic thoughts on faith, friendship and love.

Friday

6:00-6:45 AM Palm Courtyard - Lower Deck

Morning Workout with Terry Boynton

Start your day with energy! Join Gathering participant Terry Boynton for a time of physical exercise before we stretch our minds! All fitness levels welcome.

7:00-7:30 AM The Nest

Morning Prayer Time

Please join other Gathering participants (led by Derrick Warfel) in our tradition of beginning the day with a quiet, informal morning prayer time.

7:00 - 8:20 AM Palm Courtyard

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

Morning Meeting
"FINISHING WELL: Saul and Jonathan: A Case Study in Finishing Poorly and Finishing Well"
(1 Samuel 18:1-16)

Spoken word poetry with Micah Bournes. Music with Fernando Ortega. Bible teaching with Scott Sauls.

10:00-10:30 AM Grand Foyer

Morning Break

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

10:30-12:00 PM Avalon B

Morning Class: Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life

Dave Evans

10:30-12:00 PM Avalon A

Morning Class: Options for Christian Living in a Post-Christian Age

The Options for Christian living in a Post-Christian Age

Rod Dreher, Michael Gerson, Kurt Keilhacker

10:30 - 12:00 PM Laviana

Morning Class: Praxis For-Profit Entrepreneurs

Praxis For-Profit Entrepreneurs

Sam Dharmapala, Josh Kwan, Alex Lerza, Kohl Crecelius

12:15 – 1:45 PM Grand Ballroom

"America and the Souls of the Citizenry"
Friday Luncheon with honored guest Senator Ben Sasse

All Gathering participants have lunch together and enjoy a lecture and Q and A from our esteemed guest speaker, Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska. Michael Gerson will moderate the Q and A.

2:00-3:00 PM Laviana

One-Hour Afternoon Sprint: Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Peter Greer leads Gathering participants in a fast-paced, no-props-allowed environment to share what ministry or other organization they have been involved with the past year. This is a favorite!

2:00-3:00 PM Avalon A

One-Hour Afternoon Sprint: Impact Investing

How are business and philanthropy intersecting? Learn how to be more intentional on how you are investing your capital. Financial versus social returns – can you get both? Forbes has named impact investing the #1 trend in philanthropy the last two years. Come prepared with your impact investing questions.

Steve Beck, Greg Lernihan, Gabriel Schulze, Todd Johnson

2:00-3:00 PM Avalon B

One-Hour Afternoon Sprint: How to Have that Difficult Conversation and Still Preserve the Relationship

A Conversation with Dr. John Townsend

2:00 – 3:00 PM Kingfisher

One-Hour Afternoon Sprint: Sourcing the New Nonprofits

Sourcing the New Nonprofits

Gret Glyer, Jason Russell, Connor Skelly

3:00-5:45 PM

Free Time

(GenNext will end at 3:00 p.m. as well. The activities resume at 5:30 p.m.)

6:00-10:00 PM

Friday Night Dinners

These smaller dinners are one of the highlights of the entire event! Reservations opened June 15 so please head to the Friday Dinner page on our website to hold your spot. (For GenNext parents, we do want you to know that GenNext will run until 10 p.m. or if later if your dinner runs late too.)

Saturday

6:00-6:45 AM Palm Courtyard Lower Deck

Morning Workout with Terry Boynton

Start your day with energy! Join Gathering participant Terry Boynton for a time of physical exercise before we stretch our minds! All fitness levels welcome.

7:00-7:30 AM The Nest

Morning Prayer

Please join other Gathering participants (led by Derrick Warfel) in a tradition of beginning the day with a quiet, informal morning prayer time.

7:00 - 8:20 AM Palm Courtyard

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

Morning Meeting
"FINISHING WELL: Meekness Will Rule the World"
(Matthew 5:5)

Testimony by Krista and Jeremy Carroll. Music by Fernando Ortega. Bible Teaching with Scott Sauls.

10:00 - 10:30 AM Grand Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

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

10:30 - 12:00 PM Laviana

Morning Class: Politics – A Fault Line for Faith and Families?

How can we engage today’s most divisive cultural topics in ways that foster intergenerational discipleship instead of damaging our dearest relationships?

Michael Gulker, The Colossian Forum

10:30 - 12:00 PM Avalon A

Morning Class: Living with Disabilities: The Role of the Church and Society

What does a Fully Integrated Society really mean?

Cindy Bauer, Kimberly Miller, Justin Skeesuck, Ben Warf

10:30 - 12:00 PM Kingfisher

Morning Class: Religious Liberty and Confident Pluralism

Religious Liberty and Confident Pluralism

Michael Gerson, Steve Haas, John Inazu

12:15 - 4:30 PM

Saturday Afternoon Options

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.

This Finale is the culmination of the Praxis Accelerator, a program we run annually for Christian-led nonprofit organizations. Over the course of a year, selected Fellows attend three events: a four-day kickoff retreat outside of New York in April, a three-day gathering near Los Angeles in July, and this Finale. At our events, Fellows are guided by over 30 incredible mentors from top nonprofits, foundations, and businesses. In addition, our Praxis Core Mentor team works with each entrepreneur on presentation design, strategy execution, impact, financial sustainability, and spiritual formation.

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.

Option 2: Side Session with Far Reaching Ministries (Avalon B)

Option 3: Free Time

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, the side session, or hang out at the pool!

5:30 - 6:15 PM Grand Ballroom Promenade

Book Signing

Join several Gathering participants and speakers with new books out for an informal book signing before dinner. If you would like to find out more about offering your book to participants, please email Maggie Lechner.

6:30 - 8:30 PM Grand Ballroom

Dinner and Evening Meeting

Spoken word with Micah Bournes. An Evening Conversation with David Brooks, "The Second Mountain: What will you do with the rest of your life?"

8:30 PM Grand Foyer

Dessert Party for All Participants, Speakers and GenNext

Casual dessert and coffee bar to continue the evening's conversations.

Sunday

7:00-7:30 AM The Nest

Morning Prayer

Please join other Gathering participants (led by Derrick Warfel) in a tradition of beginning the day with a quiet, informal morning prayer time.

7:00 - 8:20 AM Palm Courtyard

Come-and-Go Breakfast

Casual breakfast. Come and go as you please.

7:00 - 8:20 AM Avalon

GenNext Celebration Breakfast with Sally Lloyd-Jones, "Storytime: The Hero and The Story"

Please note that GenNext families (grandparents are welcome!) will enjoy their own private Breakfast and Closing Celebration with honored guest speaker Sally Lloyd-Jones.

8:30 -10:00 AM Grand Ballroom

Morning Worship and Communion
"FINISHING WELL:
The Self-Forgetful Will Be Remembered"
(Matthew 6:1-4)

Sunday morning is a wonderful family worship and communion time together at The Gathering. Music with Fernando Ortega. Bible Teaching with Scott Sauls.

10:00 AM

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