Design Conference


2020 Design Conference Theme: Messengers!

We receive messages all the time – conversations, lectures, music, ads. We also constantly communicate messages to the rest of the world – body language, expressions, actions, words.

What is your message? What impact can it have?

The theme for this year’s Design Conference is Messengers. God has designed you to be messengers of his Good News. Messengers to your classmates and peers in your dorm. Messengers to your future colleagues, patients, or clients. Messengers to your neighbors, family, and community.

“Wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News” (Mark 16:15 GW).

How are you going to integrate your faith and your career? How will you appropriately engage with your parents, family, future spouse about things that matter to you? How will you invest into the next generation of students on your campus and people in your community?

With a special focus on cultural identity, Design Conference 2020 will explore unique ministry opportunities available to South Asian Americans and celebrate Jesus, desi-style. Join us for over 36 hours of re-energizing fellowship, wisdom from guest speaker Margaret Yu, and reconnecting with God’s purpose for His beloved creation.



What does over 36 hours of Jesus, fellowship, and South Asian community look like?

Day 1 (FRI 1/17) Day 2 (SAT 1/18) Day 3 (SUN 1/19)
  • Finish Class, Meet Ride (through local Design Movement)
  • Travel to Kalamazoo!
  • Check-in at Hotel
  • Dinner (on your own)
  • Opening Ceremony/Evening Session
    • Worship
    • Guest Speaker Introduction
    • Icebreaker Games
  • Game night! Basketball tournament, volleyball, other games (rides provided)
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Morning Session
    • Worship
    • Student Testimonies
    • Guest Speakers Panel/seminars
  • Lunch (included)
  • Day of Outreach: Spiritual conversations at Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College (rides provided)
  • Dinner (included)
  • Evening Session
    • Guest Speaker
    • Group Outreach Reflection
  • Talent Show: Show us what you’ve got! (Or just enjoy watching)
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Morning Session
    • Worship
    • Interactive experience
  • Campus Breakouts (discussion divided by local chapters of Design Movement)
  • Closing Ceremony
    • Worship
    • Fellowship
  • Reconvene with Ride
  • Late lunch out together
  • Travel Home in late afternoon/evening


We’re excited to see you there!

The Design Conference 2020 Director Team

Titus John, Daphne Samuel, Mark Covel, Sara Covel

See what it looks like! Here are highlights from a previous year’s Design Conference: