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 main stage 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!

Who should come?

Pastors, directors, volunteers, and parents involved in:

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

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

Main Stage Speakers – More Coming Soon




Day 1: Tuesday


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

3:00pm – The Gathering Session #1

5:00pm – Dinner
A variety of restaurants and fast food close by.

7:00pm – Prayer Experience

Day 2: Wednesday


9:00am – The Gathering Session #2

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

11:00am – Breakout/Workshop #1

12:00pm – Lunch
A variety of restaurants and fast food close by.

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:

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

Day 3: Thursday


9:00am – The Gathering Session #4:

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

10:30am – Breakout #4

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

11:30am – Closing Experience
Storytelling and Blessing.

Super Early Bird Pricing

Register you and your entire team today for only $129 per person. See you soon!

Location and Lodging

The Drury Inn


Group #TBD

The Hampton Inn


Group # TBD

Marriott Residence Inn


Group # TBD

Area Attractions

Garden of the Gods


13 Miles from Venue

Seven Falls


25 Miles from Venue

Cave of the Winds


20 Miles from Venue

Frequently Asked Questions

We will do our best to treat each request for a refund on a case-by-case basis, as we understand that “things” happen.

In general,
Any refund request that we receive 90 days in advance will be refunded in full.
Any refund request that we receive 60 days in advance, we will refund 75% of the cost.
Any refund request that we receive 30 days in advance, we will refund 50% of the cost.
Any refund request that we receive less than 30 days in advance, will not receive a refund.

Everyone is welcome to attend The Gathering Conference. This ministry event is geared towards those are are serving in the local church, particularly in ministry to the family (birth-college).

It has been our experience that nursing babies do fine, as they are typically in the arms of the mom and/or dad and asleep most of the time. Any small child, who is mobile and verbal would struggle with attending The Gathering. They are welcome to attend, but any child age 5 and up must be registered.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide childcare during the conference.

Scholarship requests can be sent to: Trina Hoosier at conference@newlifechurch.org

There are a variety of restaurants within .5 mile – 1 mile radius.

Dr. Michelle Anthony – Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church and Dean of FamilyMin Academy

Megan Fate Marshman – Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps and leads the Young Adult Ministry at Arbor Road Church

Check back for other Main Stage Speakers, plus different and unique breakout sessions, workshop + community conversations!

Dates: May 7-9, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Start time: 3:00pm Tuesday, May 1st
End time: 12:00pm Thursday, May 3rd

© 2017 New Life Church

Daniel Grothe

Daniel grew up as a pastor's kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and loved his upbringing in the church. After playing a little bit of Division I basketball and a lot of music at Oral Roberts University, he received his degree in theology in 2005. That same summer, Daniel married his bride, Lisa, and a week after their wedding they moved to Colorado Springs to join the staff of New Life Church. They have three children--Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley--and they love to get outside to enjoy the rugged beauty of Colorado. Daniel serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Friday Night congregation.


Rich Villodas

Rich Villodas is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church. On October 6th, 2013, Rich succeeded Pete Scazzero as Lead Pastor. Rich was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, just 20 minutes from New Life. He graduated from Nyack College and then went on to complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. When Rich is not reading, he is cheering on his beloved Mets, Knicks and Jets teams. Rich is married to Rosie and they have a little girl and boy, named Karis and Nathan.


Zach Newberg

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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.


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.


Glenn Packiam

Glenn Packiam is a the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church where he also serves on the Executive Team.

He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith, LUCKY, Secondhand Jesus, and Butterfly in Brazil. He's also the writer of beloved New Life worship songs, like "Your Name" and "My Savior Lives."

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 earning his doctorate in theology at St. John's College at Durham University in the UK. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.