FAQs

 You may fly into Bush Intercontinental (IAH) which is 20 miles north of downtown Houston, or Houston Hobby (HOU) which is 11 miles south of downtown. 
 

 

Yes we will be taking an offering at worship on Tuesday night.  

 

The gathering starts Tuesday morning, January 23 and ends Wednesday evening, January 24. In addition, there will be pre-conferences starting on Monday afternoon January 22, and  a Synod meeting starting in the morning on Thursday, January 25  that all are welcome to attend.  (Please note there is a minimal additional fee if you choose to attend a pre-conference.)

 

 
Unfortunately, no.  You must register for the entire gathering. Clear your schedule for a few days- it will be worth it! 

 

 

 
You need to pre-register for the gathering.  We are not able to accommodate walk up registrations.

 

 

 

 

Pastors, elders, lay leaders, spouses, seminarians and students, staff teams, covenant partners and those interested in learning more about ECO. We have designed this year’s gathering to be beneficial for your entire leadership team.
There is an immense opportunity for growth and bonding when you come to the gathering with others from your congregation! Take free time during the week to plan and pray, get to know others serving in similar church settings, or just hang out, have fun and make memories together!

Houston is a convenient, central location for easy travel. Also, with a January gathering, we need to choose a location that will have a good chance of warmer (relatively speaking!) weather.

 

 

 

Boots, spurs, and large belt buckles are entirely optional. Houston is a very cosmopolitan city full of diverse restaurants, museums, and a multitude of cultural experiences. We do, however, recommend ten-gallon hats, but request that you sit in the back of the main session ballroom so such hat will not restrict the view of your fellow conference attendees.

 

 

We have loved meeting at our ECO churches, but we are no longer able to accommodate our numbers in a church setting.
We explored every other option from camps, conference centers, to cruise ships and cattle ranches, and there are very few places that can accommodate our needs and numbers. A hotel is truly our best option at this point in our journey.
The best part of being at a hotel is that everyone staying and meeting in the same place allows for wonderful opportunities for fellowship, fun, rest, ease of travel. Best of all, you are more than welcome to come downstairs to conference meetings in your jammies and slippers if you so choose. We don’t judge!
We always want to keep our costs as low as possible for you while still being the best possible stewards of our budget. We wanted to let you know costs as early as possible so you can plan throughout your year.
We promise it will be well worth it to you, your team, and the future of your ministry.

 

At the Synod business meeting we will discuss and vote on overtures to update our polity and Book of Confessions.
Official voting commissioners (an equal number of pastors and elders) from each church will be established within each presbytery prior to the gathering. You will be very aware if you are a commissioner.
Anyone may attend and observe the business meeting on Thursday. Observers and commissioners will be seated in separate sections of the meeting room for clarity and ease of discussion.