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 the first day of conference. 

First off, 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


Choose the tab most relevant to you depending on your Program. Don’t forget to utilize the “Add to Calendar” button to add sessions directly to your calendar! 

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 cohort 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.

Click here to view our student directory to see who else is going to EMBARK on your journey with you! 

If you are not able to attend the conference in its entirety or a session(s) in-person due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, please submit this Conference Absence Request Form. 

First, don’t panic! Next, make sure that you are working with all the right equipment. 

Do I have enough RAM on my Computer and enough speed on my Internet Access?


  • 1.4/1.83GHz Windows/Mac respectively
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

Internet Access for the Virtual Classrooms: 

  • It is best to be connected via Ethernet/hard wired versus wireless; Make sure no one else is using your internet during the virtual classrooms.  It will use your bandwidth and slow down your speed.
  • Upload speed – at least 2Mbps.  Over 5 is ideal.
  • Download speed – at least 2Mbps.  Over 5 is ideal.
  • Test your speed at: 
  • Then, reach out to our amazing IT Department to help troubleshoot you at 949-214-3175 or

If you are needing to attend virtually, PLEASE make sure you are logged in using your Eagles account. You will not be able to access the sessions otherwise. Thanks!