The Gathering

The Gathering is an informal assembly of United Methodist ministers from large congregations and historic pulpits for fellowship and connection.  It has been meeting for over 40 years and has been the genesis of lifelong friendships and faithful support. Each year, the Gathering moves between host churches around the country. This year, First United Methodist Church of Dallas is your host church.

The Gathering opens with a meal on Monday evening at 6 pm and will close with communion on Thursday at noon (lunch will be provided). A detailed and updated schedule is available on this site. The most important part of The Gathering is the conversations between sisters and brothers in faith leadership and we will make sure to leave plenty of time for those. While clergy are in their sessions, spouses will have the opportunities for engagement and exploration in and around the Dallas area.

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Chavarria, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Minister, at or 214-220-2727 x 208.


You may register here. The Gathering membership dues are $150 for clergy and $100 for spouses and help us to plan and pay for the experiences of the week. As has been the tradition, we ask that those who cannot make it this year but wish to remain on The Gathering list, send a continuation fee of $50.

Travel and Accommodations

You have the opportunity to stay at the historic Magnolia Hotel in downtown Dallas. (The discounted room rate is $165 per night.) The Magnolia is about one half mile from the church campus and will make it very easy to get back and forth from our sessions and outings. To make your reservation, call 888-915-1110 and use the group name ‘First United Methodist Church Pastors Group’ when booking, or book online.

Schedule and Activities


Want to know more?

We would love to meet you! From our Rotunda Theatre to the magnificent bell tower, we have lots of corners to show you and a great history to share. We look forward to answering your questions about our ministry, theology and outreach, and invite you to join us for a tour.

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