ECO National Gathering

Frequently Asked Questions

View answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions, feel free to email us. 

General
Registration and Cancellation
Travel
General

How can I find a roommate to share hotel expenses?

We encourage you to connect with others in your presbytery who may be interested in sharing housing. You may also post on our ECO Roommate Connections Facebook page and potentially find someone there!  Please note that ECO monitors the page, but all posting, connections, correspondence, and details following will be handled on your own.

Will there be a Synod Business Meeting ?

There is no Synod Business Meeting at the 2023 National Gathering. 

The next Synod Business Meeting will be in 2024 National Gathering.

When does the gathering start and end?

We will begin with pre-conferences on Monday, January 30. 

The gathering starts Tuesday January 31 at 9:00am and concludes Wednesday February 1 at 6pm.  

Schedule subject to change. 

See schedule for details. 

Can I add or change a pre-conference? or make another change?

We are happy to do that for you! Email nationalgathering@eco-pres.org.

Will childcare be available?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare. If you are bringing your child(ren) to attend any parts of the gathering with you, please let us know so we can make them feel welcome!

Do you offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships through our national office. Please connect with your local church and/or your presbytery to see if they may have some funds set aside to help! 


Click here to find your presbytery contact information.

How can I find a roommate to share hotel expenses?

We encourage you to connect with others in your presbytery who may be interested in sharing housing. You may also post on our ECO Roommate Connections Facebook page and potentially find someone there!  Please note that ECO monitors the page, but all posting, connections, correspondence, and details following will be handled on your own.

Will there be a Synod Business Meeting this year?

There is no Synod Business Meeting for 2023. The next Business Meeting will be in 2024. 
Registration and Cancellation

What is the cancellation policy?

Anyone is welcome to attend the gathering, but please note that anyone who attends any part of the gathering including main sessions, breakouts, and meals MUST be officially registered, paid in full, and have a name badge. We do not prorate registrations. If you are registering attendees other than yourself, you are responsible for conveying registration details and cancellation policies to each of them, and are agreeing to these policies on their behalf.


Without exception, we are not able to extend Early Bird pricing after October 31. 

You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund up until December 31st. Registrations cancelled on or after January 1 due to Covid-related exposure or illness will be refunded. You may also transfer your registration to someone else at any point up until the conference. It is your responsibility to find someone to whom you may transfer your registration. Late cancellations for reasons including family emergency or weather-related travel delays/cancellations will be reviewed by the national gathering registration team and may not necessarily result in a full or partial refund.


If you need to cancel or transfer your registration, please email the national gathering team at nationalgathering@eco-pres.org.

When can I register until?

Registration closes January 20, 2023. Please make sure you and your team have registered before this date. If you have not registered before January 20 and would still would like to attend, please email nationalgathering@eco-pres.org.

Do you accept walk-up registrations?

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


Can I register for just one day of the gathering? 

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

Can my spouse attend with me? 

Anyone is welcome to attend the gathering, but please note, anyone who attends any part of the gathering including main sessions, breakouts, and meals MUST be officially registered, paid, and have a name badge.

Can you extend early bird pricing?

If my church was not yet in ECO and/or I was unaware of the possibility to attend the national gathering until after the October 31st (Early Bird Pricing) cut off, may I still receive the early bird rate?


Unfortunately, without exception, we are not able to offer early bird pricing after October 31.  If you are unsure if you have registered, please search your email for the confirmation email or send us a message at nationalgathering@eco-pres.org well before the early bird cut off and we can check for you.


Travel

What airport should I fly into?

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (30 minutes from hotels/church) 

Dallas/Love Field (10 minutes from hotels/church) 

Will parking be available?

HPPC is a neighborhood church. If you are driving, there is parking in the new parking garage at the church. Entrance to the garage is from McFarlin Blvd. You may also park on side streets surrounding the church. Please adhere to all signs and be a great neighbor! 

I have more questions - who do I ask?

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have! Please email us at nationalgathering@eco-pres.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please do not contact the church directly with questions regarding the national gathering. 

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