Kickoff Conference

August 13-16, 2022


Your journey starts now.

Experience transformational education that operates at the crossroads of competence, character, and connection through a powerful four-day conference experience like no other.


Increase your competence through teachings and breakout sessions from Dr. Townsend and our highly renowned Institute Fellows. 


Enhance your connections with Dr. Townsend, Institute Faculty and Fellows, and classmates on their journey.


Develop your character. Our reputation for our relational approach begins with character growth as a building block for positive change.

Our Distinctives

Here at the Townsend Institute, we are committed to walking your journey with you. This is where you begin to catapult into your new future as you hear inspiring new speakers, start bonding with your cohort and begin learning new skills for your career.

  • Multiple didactic trainings led by Dr. Townsend
  • Process groups led by trusted professionals to facilitate personal growth
  • Breakout Sessions led by professionals in your industry and Townsend Institute Faculty

Frequently asked questions

Where is it and how do I get there?Our conference will be held in-person, on-campus at Concordia University Irvine in Irvine, CA. Check out our Travel Recommendations!

Do I have to attend the whole time?Since the conference experience is a part of your 600 course and foundational for your time in the program, we do ask that you make arrangements to be present at all meetings (whether the conference is virtual or in person). This helps set you up well for time in the program and helps to set the tone for your process group that you’re willing to be present to them during your time together. Part of your grade in the course is dependent on your attendance at the conference. If you absolutely cannot attend a piece, you can submit an Absence Request Form to be considered by your program director.

What is the 600 - Personal Development Course?This is a two week course, which includes our 4-Day Kickoff Conference.  The 600 course will also be your first introduction to what the Townsend Institute is about - Character, Competency, and Connection. 

Be prepared to meet for a virtual class the first week of the course from 6:00-8:00p PST. You will have assignments leading up to the conference that help prepare you mentally, emotionally, and relationally for the conference, time with your process group, and your overall program.  There will be some wrap up items after the conference.

What is a process group and when will I know who is in my group? Process groups are the relational component of TI and will be those people that journey alongside you personally and academically throughout your program. You will meet them at the conference, usually day of, but maybe the day before.

I'm nervous about process groups. Do you have any advice for me? Please know that any nerves you have are normal. We all can get uneasy with new experiences, new people, and forced interactions. The best advice we can give is...
Limit distractions
Show up as genuine and vulnerable as you can
Take off your roles and the hats you wear of mom, dad, pastor, supervisor, etc. because you won’t be those to people in your group
Give yourself over to the experience and you will see breakthrough
Know there will be plenty of tissues and support if the time ends up heavier than you thought

"This program not only gets into your mind it gets into your heart. I feel like the Townsend Institute is behind me in my endeavor to supply restorative support to others."

Kaylie Housewright Kaylie Housewright

"I feel very confident that as I go forward in this program I have so much support. I have exactly what I need to be successful."

Courtney Wilson Courtney Wilson