The Gathering is a unique, three-day event designed to connect you with God, empower you for the daily work of family ministry, and bring you into a like-minded community for ongoing encouragement.

We feature dynamic keynote speakers, spiritually formative experiences, and compelling breakouts on family ministry, children's ministry, student ministry, leadership, marriage, parenting and more.

Save the date-seats fill up fast!


Pastors, directors, volunteers, and parents involved in:

  • Family Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Youth/Student Ministry
  • Executive Leadership

Basically anyone impassioned about making God known to the next generation.

Our Speakers

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church and Dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting,The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Familiy Ministry and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and and her doctorate of Education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Megan Fate Marshman

Megan Fate Marshman has devoted her life to loving and listening to God and overflowing His love to others. In addition to speaking internationally to a wide variety of audiences, Megan empowers women as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps, leads young adults into a deeper relationship with Jesus at Arbor Road Church, and equips youth leaders as the Associate Dean of Youthmin Academy. She co-wrote the book 7 Family Ministry Essentials and served as the director of student resources for David C Cook as she led a team in creating TruIdentity: a spiritually forming, Christ centered and family empowered youth ministry curriculum line. Megan lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and son.

Megan Fate Marshman

Brady Boyd

Brady is the Senior Pastor of New Life Church. He's married to his college sweetheart, Pam and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He has written several books, including: Addicted to BusyFear No Evil, Sons & Daughters, Let Her Lead, and Speak Life. He's also really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers. He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech and has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas for almost seven years.

Brady Boyd

Glenn Packiam

Glenn Packiam is the lead pastor of New life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith (David C. Cook, 2013), LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People (Cook, 2011), Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (Cook, 2009), and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference (Tyndale, 2007). Glenn holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies, a Masters in Management, and, after doing two years of graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, is now a postgraduate researcher at St. John's College at Durham University in the UK, where he is in the process of earning a doctorate in theology. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.

Glenn Packiam


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Early Bird Pricing
(Before March 31)
Normal Pricing
(After March 31)
Individual Pricing $139 $169
Group Pricing
(6 or more)
$129 $159


Day 1: Tuesday

1:30pm - Registration Opens:
Well, Hello! Let’s have coffee together!

3:00pm - The Gathering Session #1:
Everlasting God with Glenn Packiam

5:00pm - Dinner
Onsite options available for purchase

7:00pm - Prayer Experience
A Centered Life

Day 2: Wednesday

9:00am - The Gathering Session #2:
God Speaks with Michelle Anthony

10:45am - Break
Time for a break… because coffee.

11:00am - Breakout/Workshop #1

12:00am - Lunch
Onsite options available for purchase

1:30pm - Breakout/Workshop #2

2:30pm - Break
Take a break, you deserve it!

2:45pm - Breakout/Workshop #3

3:45pm - Break! Break! Break!
Be brave and meet someone new

4:00pm - The Gathering Session #3:
God Sustains with Megan Fate Marshman

5:45pm - Dinner and night on the town!

Day 3: Thursday

9:00am - The Gathering Session #4:
God Is Faithful with Brady Boyd

10:15am - Coffee Break!
Maybe don’t overdo it on the coffee, though.

10:30am - Breakout/Workshop #4

11:15am - Final break:
Make the most of it.

11:30am - Closing Experience
Storytelling and Blessing.

12:30pm - Lunch
Onsite options available for purchase

2:00pm - Breakout/Workshop #5



Check back soon for Breakout/Workshop Session Speakers and Descriptions.


Mobilizing and Empowering Volunteers
Re-imagining Child Dedications
Emotionally Healthy Leadership
Avoiding Insecure Leadership in Yourself and Those You Lead
Leading Up: Capturing Senior Leadership in Family Ministry
Cultivating an Emotionally Healthy Marriage
Releasing Parents for Ministry
Empowering Fathers as Spiritual Leaders
Discipling and Empowering High Schoolers
The Art of Balancing Ministry, Marriage, and Family
Understanding Your EQ and How It Impacts Your Leadership Success
Cultivating a Vibrant Mentor Ministry
Designing a Vibrant Ministry for Women
Discipling Jr. High Students and their Families
Navigating a World of Texts, Tech, and Social Media
Building a Student Worship Culture in Your Ministry
Creating a Spiritual Parenting Culture
Ministry To and With 20-Somethings
Worship as Response in Family Ministries
Spirit Led Ministry in the Midst of Programs
Extraordinary Productivity: Sane Leadership for the Person with a Million Ideas
Intergenerational Ministry That Leads To Multi-generational Faithfulness
Leading in 3 Work Paradigms: Family, Staff and Team
Making the Tru Philosophy Come Alive in Your Ministry
Beginning and Implementing a Grandparenting Ministry
Creating a Special Needs Ministry that Truly Meets Specialized Needs
Cultivating and Empowering Student Leadership in Pre-Teens


Tru Blessings: Understanding 3's Tru Curriculum
Tru Wonder: Understanding Pre-K/Kindergarten Tru Curriculum
Tru Story: Understanding Elementary Tru Curriculum
Tru Identity: Understanding Middle School Tru Curriculum
Utilizing HomeFront Magazine in Your Ministry to Families
How to Develop Fun and Equipping Family Nights for Multi Generations
Creative Programming for Tru Curriculum
Empowering a Scripture Memory Culture that Kids Love
Worship Response Stations- Pre K and Kindergarten
Counseling Families with Care
Ministry in a Set up/Tear Down Model
The Importance of Family Blessing
7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change
Understanding the Disciplr Platform for Your Curriculum Needs
Making the Big God Story Come Alive in Your Ministry to Families
Getting Educated: Understanding Diploma Programs in the Academys (Kidmin, Youthmin and Family Min)



The Gathering- An invitation from Pastor Brady Boyd

2017 Promo Video

2016 Conference Wrap Up Video