Daily Schedule

Daily schedules are tentative and may change leading up to the conference.

22
Thursday
September
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Adult and GenNext Check-in
5:00 – 6:00 PM
New Participant Welcome hosted by The Gathering’s Board of Directors

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

5:00 – 6:00 PM
Reception for All

Join us for a time of mingling and drinks before we transition to dinner and the official start of the conference.

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Dinner and Main Stage Session 1
8:00 – 9:00 PM
Reception and Conversation Groups
23
Friday
September
7:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Come-and-Go Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 AM
Main Stage Session 2
11:00 – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 1:45 PM
Luncheon & Main Stage Session 3
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Conversation Groups
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Dinner Experiences (offsite)

Be sure to register for our dinner experiences! Here is the link to sign-up.

24
Saturday
September
7:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Come-and-Go Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Main Stage Session 4
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Breakout Sessions
11:15 – 12:00 PM
Conversation Groups
12:00 – 4:30 PM
Praxis Nonprofit Luncheon & Showcase
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Peer Group Open Houses
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Author Tables
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Dinner Experiences (onsite)

Be sure to register for our dinner experiences! Here is the link to sign-up.

7:00 – 9:30 PM
Concert at Belmont University
25
Sunday
September
7:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Come-and-Go Breakfast
8:30 – 8:55 AM
GenNext Closing Celebration
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Main Stage Session 5
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Renewing the Mind: Teachings from Scripture with N.T. Wright

Reflections: Observations from a life of faith by Philip Yancey

Apologetics: New approaches for fresh ears

Handle with Care: How should Christians act with Biblical wisdom towards God’s creation?

Serving the Servers: Faith & work for blue-collar and hospitality workers

GenNext: Story Time with #RabbitsWithSwords

Dinner Experience at North Wind Manor: Christians in the creative arts with Andrew Peterson, S.D. Smith, and others

Dinner Experience with Donald & Betsy Miller: The power of story

Speakers

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Singer/Songwriter

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Singer/Songwriter

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright

Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright

Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

President, BioLogos

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

President, BioLogos

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Lauren Noyes

Lauren Noyes

Lauren Noyes

Executive Director, Faith and Law

Lauren Noyes

Lauren Noyes

Lauren Noyes

Executive Director, Faith and Law

Josh Good

Josh Good

Josh Good

Director, Faith Angle Forum

Josh Good

Josh Good

Josh Good

Director, Faith Angle Forum

Donald Miller

Donald Miller

Donald Miller

CEO, Business Made Simple

Donald Miller

Donald Miller

Donald Miller

CEO, Business Made Simple

Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields

President, Jude 3 Project

Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields

Lisa Fields

President, Jude 3 Project

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Author, The Green Ember series

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Author, The Green Ember series

Rick Allen

Rick Allen

Rick Allen

CEO, MedSend

Rick Allen

Rick Allen

Rick Allen

CEO, MedSend

Gabe Salguero

Gabe Salguero

Gabe Salguero

President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

Gabe Salguero

Gabe Salguero

Gabe Salguero

President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Author

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Author

John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer

Teacher & Director, Practicing the Way

John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer

Teacher & Director, Practicing the Way

Tim Scott

Tim Scott

Tim Scott

United States Senator

Tim Scott

Tim Scott

Tim Scott

United States Senator

Will Acuff

Will Acuff

Will Acuff

Co-Founder, Corner to Corner

Will Acuff

Will Acuff

Will Acuff

Co-Founder, Corner to Corner

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

President, Ministry Watch

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

President, Ministry Watch

Shana Berkeley

Shana Berkeley

Shana Berkeley

Executive Director, Corner to Corner

Shana Berkeley

Shana Berkeley

Shana Berkeley

Executive Director, Corner to Corner

John Townsend

John Townsend

John Townsend

Owner, John Townsend, Ph.D. Consulting, LLC

John Townsend

John Townsend

John Townsend

Owner, John Townsend, Ph.D. Consulting, LLC

Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani

Co-Founder, Holy Post Media

Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani

Co-Founder, Holy Post Media

Phil Vischer

Phil Vischer

Phil Vischer

Co-Founder, Holy Post Media

Phil Vischer

Phil Vischer

Phil Vischer

Co-Founder, Holy Post Media

Geoff Moore

Geoff Moore

Geoff Moore

President, Fellowship Adventures

Geoff Moore

Geoff Moore

Geoff Moore

President, Fellowship Adventures

Dan Haseltine

Dan Haseltine

Dan Haseltine

Founder/Sr. Development Officer, Jars of Clay & Blood:Water

Dan Haseltine

Dan Haseltine

Dan Haseltine

Founder/Sr. Development Officer, Jars of Clay & Blood:Water

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Co-Composer, The Chosen

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson

Co-Composer, The Chosen

Mekdes Haddis

Mekdes Haddis

Mekdes Haddis

Author, "A Just Mission"

Mekdes Haddis

Mekdes Haddis

Mekdes Haddis

Author, "A Just Mission"

Peter Greer

Peter Greer

Peter Greer

President & CEO, HOPE International

Peter Greer

Peter Greer

Peter Greer

President & CEO, HOPE International

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

President/CEO, Operation Mobilization

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

President/CEO, Operation Mobilization

Melinda Tuan

Melinda Tuan

Melinda Tuan

Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight

Melinda Tuan

Melinda Tuan

Melinda Tuan

Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight

Al Andrews

Al Andrews

Al Andrews

Founder and Executive Director, Porter's Call

Al Andrews

Al Andrews

Al Andrews

Founder and Executive Director, Porter's Call

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

President & Founder, Peacemakers Coalition

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

President & Founder, Peacemakers Coalition

Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls

Senior Minister, Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN

Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls

Senior Minister, Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN

Christian Whitford

Christian Whitford

Christian Whitford

CEO, Avail NYC

Christian Whitford

Christian Whitford

Christian Whitford

CEO, Avail NYC

Chris Coons

Chris Coons

Chris Coons

United States Senator

Chris Coons

Chris Coons

Chris Coons

United States Senator

Cindy Morgan

Cindy Morgan

Cindy Morgan

Singer/songwriter, Reach Music

Cindy Morgan

Cindy Morgan

Cindy Morgan

Singer/songwriter, Reach Music

David French

David French

David French

Senior Editor, The Dispatch

David French

David French

David French

Senior Editor, The Dispatch

Kevin Finch

Kevin Finch

Kevin Finch

Executive Director, Big Table

Kevin Finch

Kevin Finch

Kevin Finch

Executive Director, Big Table

Sarah & Karl Worley

Sarah & Karl Worley

Sarah & Karl Worley

Founders, Biscuit Love

Sarah & Karl Worley

Sarah & Karl Worley

Sarah & Karl Worley

Founders, Biscuit Love

Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims

Producer & Songwriter, BMH Productions LLC

Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims

Tommy Sims

Producer & Songwriter, BMH Productions LLC

Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill

Artist, West Sterling Music

Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill

Artist, West Sterling Music

Matt Maher

Matt Maher

Matt Maher

Worship Leader, Dry Bones Music, Inc.

Matt Maher

Matt Maher

Matt Maher

Worship Leader, Dry Bones Music, Inc.

Jor-El Godsey

Jor-El Godsey

Jor-El Godsey

President, Heartbeat International

Jor-El Godsey

Jor-El Godsey

Jor-El Godsey

President, Heartbeat International

Louis Upkins

Louis Upkins

Louis Upkins

Entrepreneur, Global Leadership Forum &  UMusic Hotels

Louis Upkins

Louis Upkins

Louis Upkins

Entrepreneur, Global Leadership Forum &  UMusic Hotels

David King

David King

David King

Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

David King

David King

David King

Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

John Cotton Richmond

John Cotton Richmond

John Cotton Richmond

Ambassador, Dentons

John Cotton Richmond

John Cotton Richmond

John Cotton Richmond

Ambassador, Dentons

Jon Fortt

Jon Fortt

Jon Fortt

Anchor, CNBC

Jon Fortt

Jon Fortt

Jon Fortt

Anchor, CNBC

Gabe Scott

Gabe Scott

Gabe Scott

Owner, Ladybird Taco

Gabe Scott

Gabe Scott

Gabe Scott

Owner, Ladybird Taco

Andy Gullahorn

Andy Gullahorn

Andy Gullahorn

Singer/Songwriter

Andy Gullahorn

Andy Gullahorn

Andy Gullahorn

Singer/Songwriter

Jill Phillips

Jill Phillips

Jill Phillips

Singer/Songwriter

Jill Phillips

Jill Phillips

Jill Phillips

Singer/Songwriter

Miranda Kennedy

Miranda Kennedy

Miranda Kennedy

Supervising Senior Editor, NPR

Miranda Kennedy

Miranda Kennedy

Miranda Kennedy

Supervising Senior Editor, NPR

Russell Moore

Russell Moore

Russell Moore

Editor in Chief, Christianity Today

Russell Moore

Russell Moore

Russell Moore

Editor in Chief, Christianity Today

Jon Ward

Jon Ward

Jon Ward

Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo News

Jon Ward

Jon Ward

Jon Ward

Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo News

Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Former Governor of Tennessee

Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Former Governor of Tennessee

Diana Gruver

Diana Gruver

Diana Gruver

Author

Diana Gruver

Diana Gruver

Diana Gruver

Author

Omni Nashville Hotel

We look forward to hosting our annual conference on the beautiful property of the

We hosted our annual conference on the beautiful property of the

Omni Nashville Hotel

Located in Downtown Nashville

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Hotel Details

  • Mandatory Daily Resort Fee: waived for The Gathering
  • Overnight valet parking with unlimited in and out privileges is available for $52 plus tax, per day/per vehicle.
  • Self-parking is available at the Music City Center garage adjacent to the hotel for $35+ tax per day. The garage entrance is on Sixth Avenue between Korean Veterans Boulevard and Demonbreun. Inform the Front Desk upon check-in for further instruction.
  • Daily and Event parking - $25 - 0-4 hours | 4-10 hours $30
  • Daily valet is available for $20 from 0 to 4 hours, and for $24 from 4 to 10 hours.
  • Check in time:  4:00 PM
  • Check out time:  11:00 AM
book a room

If you would like to speak with a reservations agent at the hotel, please call (615) 782-5300 and ask for The Gathering’s group rate.

UPDATE: As of August 15, our room block at the Omni is at capacity. We are sorry for the inconvenience. It could change at any point as people cancel, so don't lose hope and try booking at the Omni first!

The best hotels nearby the Omni are the following. Please note that the ones with a * next to them should have suites available.

+ The Joseph (across the street)

+ Hampton Inn

+ Hyatt Place *

+ Drury Plaza

+ Hilton Garden Inn

+ Holiday Inn

+ SpringHill Suites *

+ Residence Inn *

+ AC Hotel

Registration Fees

Registration fees cover all programming for The Gathering conference. All meals are included. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and travel to the Omni Nashville Hotel.

Register now
$2,500

per adult

$1,000

per GenNext student (ages 3 to 18)

Snapshots from the Conference

  • Qualifications to Attend

    Our community of givers is composed of individuals and families who make charitable grants and contributions of more than $200,000 a year to Christian causes, or hold a reasonable expectation of reaching that level in the future. The number is a proxy for an emerging set of questions and opportunities for givers in this territory. And we hold this criteria so everyone arrives with a shared understanding and on the same footing. How to make a lasting, fruitful impact with the range, depth, and complexity of tools and resources at your disposal? How to navigate and mitigate the inevitable pitfalls? Where to find a community of peers who understand your joys and your struggles? How to thrive in singlehood or shepherd a family blessed with financial wealth? We foster friendships among givers in pursuit of Biblical wisdom and love of neighbor.

  • New Friends

    We hope you enjoy this community and conference so much that you can’t help telling your friends to come, too. We welcome your gift of friendship, and would be delighted to speak with anyone you recommend to us. We would reach out to hear their story and see how our community might serve them. You can share a name and the best way to reach them in the registration form, or contact Josh directly.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We will refund 100% of registration fees from now through July 31, net of transaction costs outside our control. Starting August 1, we will not be refunding fees because of the expenses we incur to produce the event. However, we can provide you a letter acknowledging the amount as a donation. We make exceptions for medical emergencies. Thank you for helping us plan prudently.

Ages 3-18

GenNext

We realized years ago that our annual conference had grown into a three-generation event, and we responded to the needs of our growing families by providing an outrageously fun experience while weaving in stories and activities aimed at stirring a child’s heart for faith and generosity. Our hope is two-fold: for friendships that are forged within GenNext to carry and deepen year after year of participation, and for the virtues and Scriptures that are modeled at GenNext to reinforce the lessons already taught at home.

In past years, students have gone kayaking and snorkeling, taken cooking classes, visited a rodeo and aquarium, and worked in teams to problem-solve their way out of “escape rooms.” They have also prepared and hosted a birthday party for children living in a homeless shelter. We take care to provide age-appropriate activities. Counselors share their personal testimonies and teach from a Bible study. Our older students will attend a few of The Gathering’s main sessions. We also invite some of our speakers to address the youth on various topics as well.

FAQs

Can I bring a friend to a single session or meal at the conference?

Anyone who attends the conference, even for a shorter amount of time, must be registered for the event. The event is invite-only and open to philanthropists who meet our giving criteria.

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.

When will registration for The Gathering 2022 close?

We will close registration on Thursday, September 15, in order to make final preparations for the conference.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

We will refund 100% of registration fees from now through July 31, net of transaction costs outside our control. Starting August 1, we will not be refunding fees because of the expenses we incur to produce the event. However, we can provide you a letter acknowledging the amount as a donation. We make exceptions for medical emergencies. Thank you for helping us plan prudently.

What is the conference 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 (from babies to grandparents) in The Gathering, so whatever you feel comfortable wearing is great with us.

A majority of our programming this year will be inside. However, on Friday night if you registered for the following dinners, they will be outdoors and casual attire.

  • Enjoying an Evening of the Arts, North Wind Manor
  • Setting the Banquet Table, Biscuit Love (Franklin)
  • Following the Way of Jesus in Public Life, The Bridge Building

Do you have any activities for my children and grandchildren?

Yes we do! For over a decade, we have hosted a youth program at The Gathering for children 3 years old through 12th grade, called GenNext. 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. The GenNext schedule perfectly complements the main Gathering schedule, allowing adults to attend their selected sessions while also giving families some free time together.

How far is the conference hotel from the airport?

The drive from Nashville International Airport to the Omni Nashville Hotel is about 20 minutes. There is not a shuttle so please arrange your transportation to the hotel.

Is there a mobile app for the conference?

Yes, we have an app just for our event! The app will be released about one week before the conference and will be your hub for the detailed schedule, participant directory, speaker bios, session descriptions, and more helpful tools for the onsite experience.

As a newcomer, will I feel out of place?

Each year, about one-quarter of our participants are new to The Gathering, which is exciting for the growth of the community. Before the Opening Night dinner, our Board of Directors hosts a “Newcomers Reception” so you can meet our leaders and connect with others. We also love making introductions -- and will happily do so before you arrive for the conference. Whether you’re coming alone or with a large family, we want you to feel at home with friendly faces in the crowd. If you would like to bring a new friend or have us reach out for a conversation, please let us know!

What is covered in the registration fee?

Registration fees cover all programming for The Gathering conference. All meals are included. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and travel to the Omni Nashville Hotel.

Register for The Gathering 2022.

Revisit Past Conferences

It was curiosity that brought us to The Gathering, but it was authentic relationships that kept us coming back.
Vinh Chung

Vinh Chung

Participant
You can multiply your impact by collaborating and learning from a community of givers.
Michele Dudley

Michele Dudley

Participant
Some of the greatest relationships that I have exist within this community.
Bob Caldwell Jr.

Bob Caldwell Jr.

Board Chair, Participant
The Gathering is a concentrated group of high capacity, Kingdom-driven individuals. It enables me to connect with those folks over best practices and ideas and to be there as a friend and build real, authentic relationships.
Nick Bonner

Nick Bonner

Participant
The Gathering is a sacred space for our family, a rare catalyst for friendships, conversations, and perspectives we have not found anywhere else.
Ryan Skoog

Ryan Skoog

Participant
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