Deeply Rooted

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7

This year’s Gather theme, “Deeply Rooted,” invites us to be grounded in God’s grace as we seek to deepen our connections with God and our community. Being rooted in prayer, we join God to make more disciples among more populations in a more caring and just world. Throughout Gather, we will celebrate the glorious works of God we have witnessed in the past year while looking forward to the future with hope.

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Who Attends?  

The Annual Meeting Is the Highest Legislative Body in The Evangelical Covenant Church

During Gather, the entire Covenant family comes together to worship God; celebrate and participate in God’s work in the world; welcome new churches; ordain, commission, and consecrate ministers and missionaries; and together make important decisions about our shared mission and ministry.

Every congregation is entitled to representation as we worship God and celebrate what God has done. We gather to discern future direction, select leaders, consecrate global personnel, credential and ordain clergy, and encourage one another to greater discipleship. We make determinations around funding the mission, and we hear about the challenges and opportunities in front of us. In it all, we get to meet new friends and strengthen old relationships.   


These are the official representatives from congregations and other Covenant entities. A delegate is entitled to full voice and vote in the Annual Meeting. Delegates are named by their sending body. Every congregation is entitled to representation.

From the Covenant Bylaws, Article VII, Section 7.4, member congregations shall be entitled to representation as follows (based on data from the Annual Statistical Report from December 2022):

  • 0-99 members: 2 delegates
  • 100-224 members: 3 delegates
  • 225-449 members: 4 delegates
  • 450-699 members: 5 delegates
  • 700-999 members: 6 delegates
  • 1,000 + members: 7 delegates

Each delegate to the Annual Meeting shall be a member of the church and can only represent one entity. Please be mindful that in addition to registration, all delegates must also be credentialed by their church.  The credentialing form can be accessed below.  Any questions about the credentialing process should be directed to

General Conferees    

A general conferee is any adult participant at Gather 2023 who is not an official delegate. General conferees may silently observe the Annual Meeting and may receive handouts during the sessions.  

*Please note: Business meetings are closed sessions. Only registered delegates, general conferees, and resource personnel may attend business sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the Annual Meeting. Evening worship sessions are open to the public.  


All Times Shown are in the Pacific Time Zone
Wednesday, June 28
9:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.Ministerium Annual Meeting Business Session
Thursday, June 29
8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.Executive Board Meeting
10:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.Executive Session Meeting (Elected, Liaisons, & Covenant President)
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.Onsite-Only Delegate Orientation
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Fellowship Lunch
1:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.137th Annual Meeting: Business Session I
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.Dinner Break
7:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.Worship
Friday, June 30
8:30 A.M – 12:00 P.M.137th Annual Meeting: Business Session II
12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.Lunch Break
2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.137th Annual Meeting: Business Session III
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.Dinner Break
7:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.Worship
Saturday, July 1
8:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.137th Annual Meeting Session IV
12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.Lunch Break
2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.137th Annual Meeting Business: Session V
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.Dinner Break
7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.Worship: Commissioning, Ordination, and Consecration
(Reception for Ordinands immediately following)

Travel & Accommodations


Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840

To make a reservation, click below or call 714-750-1234 and mention group code G-FEC3 to receive the special group rate of $165 plus taxes per night. Thursday Fellowship Lunch is included in the registration price. All other meals will be on your own. There are several dining options within the hotel and the surrounding area. 

United Discount

United Airlines is offering special discounts for Gather. Book online at and enter the code ZMMH886191 in the Offer Code box when searching for flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at (800) 426-1122, give the following information: Agreement Code: 886191 and Z Code: ZMMH

Airport Transportation

Nearest Airport | John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Karmel Shuttle Service is offering conference rates for Gather 2023 attendees. Service from LAX, SNA, & LGB airports. Get $20 off roundtrip transfers. Reduced shared ride rates are exclusively offered to conference attendees only. Reservations are required, but quick and easy. Click the link below for Airport Transfers for conference attendees or call (714) 670-3480 for reservations within 15 hours of your pick-up time. Provide the agent with PROMO CODE: ECC23 to receive conference rates. 


No registrations will be accepted after June 18, 2023.

Delegate | In-Person Attendance

$319 | EARLY: March 1 – May 15, 2023
$379 | REGULAR: May 16 – June 5, 2023
$429 | LATE: June 6 – June 18, 2023 

General Conferee | In-Person Attendance 

$179 | March 1 – June 5, 2023
$209 | June 6 – June 18, 2023

Delegate | Virtual Attendance

$149 | EARLY: March 1 – May 15, 2023
$179| REGULAR: May 16 – June 5, 2023
$209 | LATE: June 6 – June 18, 2023 

General Conferee | Virtual Attendance

$149 | March 1 – June 5, 2023
$179 | June 6 – June 18, 2023


Please be mindful that in addition to registration, all delegates must also be credentialed by their church. Once your delegates have been elected they need to be credentialed through the form below. Any questions about the credentialing process should be directed to

Cancellations & Substitutions

All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to Cancellation requests will be accepted until June 18, 2023. The cancellation fee is $50. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after June 18, 2023, except in case of an emergency.  

Substitutions will be accepted from the same church or institution, provided the registration options and fees are the same for the new registrant until June 18, 2023.

Registration questions? Contact (800) 910-2442 or  

Delegate Orientation

Multiple Delegate Orientation sessions are being held in June to provide delegates with the training needed to understand your participation at Gather 2023. We hope these sessions will be informative and helpful as you prepare to represent your local church community at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Each session will have the same content and recorded sessions will be placed on the Gather webpage and viewed at leisure. 

Proposed Covenant Bylaw Amendments

At Gather 2023, during the 137th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church, delegates will vote on the proposed Covenant Bylaw Amendments that support Phase I of the recommended Covenant Organizational Design. This design seeks to align the mission God has given us with the resources God has provided to us in this season, to set us up for a fruitful and thriving future in the years to come.

Covenant Organizational Design Delegate Q&A

This Q&A session provides further context and information on phase I of the Covenant Organizational Design and the proposed bylaw amendments that will be presented at Gather 2023.

Annual Meeting Delegate Orientation Sessions

These sessions provide detailed information regarding the parliamentary procedure and how to engage in the annual meeting as a registered and credentialed delegate.


*Time listed in the Pacific Time Zone

  • Thursday, June 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Delegate Technology Briefing Sessions

This training will ensure that all delegates understand how to use the technology to vote and/or engage in discussion.


*All times listed are in the Central Time Zone

The online training will be recorded and published online. Additional training will be provided during the first ten minutes of Business Session #1.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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