2024
September
19
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22
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Austin, TX

The Gathering’s annual event — where Christian philanthropists and their loved ones come together to immerse in conversations about impact and to share their lives among friends.

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Daily Schedule

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

19
Thursday
September
11:00 am–6:00 pm
Adult and GenNext Check-in
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Briefing
4:30 pm–5:45 pm
Welcome Reception
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dinner & Session 1
8:00 pm–9:00 pm
Reception & Conversation Groups

20
Friday
September
7:00 am–8:30 am
Come-and-Go Breakfast
8:30 am–10:30 am
Session 2
11:00 pm–12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions
12:30 pm–2:00 pm
Luncheon & Session 3
2:30 pm–3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions
3:30 pm –4:30 pm
Peer Groups Open House
4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner Experiences (offsite)

21
Saturday
September
7:00 am–8:30 am
Come-and-Go Breakfast
8:30 am–9:45 am
Session 4
10:00 am–11:00 am
Breakout Sessions
11:15 am–12:15 pm
Conversation Groups
12:30 pm–3:30 pm
Praxis Nonprofit Luncheon & Showcase
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dinner Conversations
8:30 pm–9:15 pm
Special Programming

22
Sunday
September
7:00 am–8:45 am
Come-and-Go Breakfast
8:30 am–9:00 am
GenNext Closing Celebration
9:00 am–10:00 am
Session 5
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Snapshots from the Conference

Marriage

Innovations in Housing

Faith in the Academy

Russia & Ukraine

Artificial Intelligence

Prayer

Gaming

Mental Health

Immigration

Speakers

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Author

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey

Author

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

Professor, Harvard Law School

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

Ruth Okediji

Professor, Harvard Law School

Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Founder & Senior Fellow, BioLogos

Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Founder & Senior Fellow, BioLogos

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind Picard

Professor, MIT Media Lab

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind Picard

Professor, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Schuman

Andrew Schuman

Andrew Schuman

Executive Director, The Veritas Forum

Andrew Schuman

Andrew Schuman

Andrew Schuman

Executive Director, The Veritas Forum

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

President, BioLogos

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

Deborah Haarsma

President, BioLogos

Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Co-Founder, The Marriage Course

Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Co-Founder, The Marriage Course

Sila Lee

Sila Lee

Sila Lee

Co-Founder, The Marriage Course

Sila Lee

Sila Lee

Sila Lee

Co-Founder, The Marriage Course

Chris Skaggs

Chris Skaggs

Chris Skaggs

Founder & COO, Soma Games and the Imladris Community

Chris Skaggs

Chris Skaggs

Chris Skaggs

Founder & COO, Soma Games and the Imladris Community

Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Senior Pastor, Central Church NYC

Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Senior Pastor, Central Church NYC

Gabrielle Clowdus

Gabrielle Clowdus

Gabrielle Clowdus

Founder, Settled

Gabrielle Clowdus

Gabrielle Clowdus

Gabrielle Clowdus

Founder, Settled

Jennie Murray

Jennie Murray

Jennie Murray

President & Chief Executive Officer, Forum

Jennie Murray

Jennie Murray

Jennie Murray

President & Chief Executive Officer, Forum

Sami DiPasquale

Sami DiPasquale

Sami DiPasquale

Founder & Director, Abara

Sami DiPasquale

Sami DiPasquale

Sami DiPasquale

Founder & Director, Abara

Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson

Psychiatrist and Founder of Being Known

Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson

Psychiatrist and Founder of Being Known

Isaac Wardell

Isaac Wardell

Isaac Wardell

Director, The Porter's Gate Worship Project

Isaac Wardell

Isaac Wardell

Isaac Wardell

Director, The Porter's Gate Worship Project

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

We look forward to hosting our annual conference in beautiful

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Lodging Details

We are thrilled to host the 2024 Annual Conference on the beautiful 405 acres at the Hyatt Lost Pines! Be sure to book your room on our discounted room block with special privileges.

+ Distance to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 20 minutes

+ $309 per room per night (on our discounted room block) *If you are interested in a suite, please contact maggie@thegathering.com

+ Daily resort fee (reduced) to $20 per room

+ Overnight valet parking: $30

+ Overnight self-parking: Free

+ Drive-in self-parking: Subject to hourly fee (maxes out at $18 per day)

+ Check in time:  4:00 pm

+ Check out time:  11:00 am

+ Hotel cancellations must take place 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

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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 Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa.

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$2,750

per adult

$1,100

per GenNext student (ages 3 to 18)

  • 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.

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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 2024 close?

We will close registration on Thursday, September 12, 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. However, we will have some outdoor receptions and dinners, so also be prepared for warmer temperatures in Texas. We cover three generations (from babies to grandparents) in The Gathering, so whatever you feel comfortable wearing is great with us.

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 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is about 25 minutes.

Transportation between the Austin airport and the hotel is available with Carter Transportation Austin (SuperShuttle/ExecuCar). Use online/app discount code HBBXD. Service is available 24/7 and advance reservations are recommended. If you need reservation assistance, please call 512-258-3826.

For curbside pick-up at the airport, we are partnering with ATX Lux Rides. Call or Text “RIDE” to 512-934-3707 or email: atxluxrides@gmail.com to setup your transportation.

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/from the airport.

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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
A room full of people who do 'have it all' by worldly standards, singing the song that said "its yours, its all yours" and knowing that they meant it brought me to tears. What a privilege to be reminded how vast God's Kingdom is, and that he uses all of us, rich or poor, to fulfill his purposes.
Sarah Currer

Sarah Currer

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

Bob Caldwell Jr.

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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