Our conference will be held in-person, on-campus at Concordia University Irvine in Irvine, CA. Check out our Travel Recommendations!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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