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January 14-16, 2022

The last couple years have made many of us feel frustrated, exhausted, and especially isolated. We however, are made to be relational beings that do life in community. As Proverbs 27:17 illustrates, as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. We, very much like tools, must be made strong.

Together in God’s Forge, through trials and temptations we are strengthened, sharpened, and  sanctified to be the best tools with unique strengths to glorify God and carry out His will.

We desire to see individuals grow in their own relationship and understanding of God, but also be able to spur on fellow believers to do the same.



This year Design Conference will be in Chicago, IL, at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare

10249 W Irving Park Road

Schiller Park, IL 60176

What to Expect

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?

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


Day 1 (Friday Night)

5:00-7:00pm CST

  • Arrive and Check-In to Hotel
  • Dinner on Your Own

7:00-10:00pm CST

  • Worship
  • MC Activities & Games
  • Introduction to Design Movement
  • Pastor Tony Thomas Talk 1
  • Panels and Testimonies

10:00pm – 12:00am CST

  • Basketball Tournament & Game Night

Day 2 (Saturday Full Day)

8:00am-12:00pm CST

  • Breakfast
  • MC Activities & Games
  • Worship
  • Outreach Training
  • Lunch

12:00-6:00pm CST

  • Day of Outreach
  • Outreach Debriefing
  • Break Time

6:00pm-12:00am CST

  • Dinner
  • Pastor Tony Thomas Talk 2
  • Group Picture
  • Talent Show and Dance Floor Night

Day 3 (Sunday Morning)

8:30am-12:30pm CST

  • Pastor Tony Thomas Talk 3
  • MC Activities & Games
  • Information about London Partnership
  • Worship
  • Cleanup and Hangout

Did Someone Say... Talent Show?

Get your talents ready, because Saturday night, we will have a talent show! So don’t wait! Get planning now with your friends, and wow us with your talents! And then make sure you come through with lots of energy and encouragement for all who perform!


First-time students: $109

Returning students: $135

Alumnus/Alumna: $145

*If cost is an issue, please reach out to a Design Staff member; scholarships may be available!



Meet our Conference Speaker: Tony! Tony grew up in the Chicago area and worked for about five years as an engineer before pastoring at Covenant Fellowship Church (a campus church at the University of Illinois) where for 9 years he oversaw various ethnic-specific and international outreach groups. The last 2 years he has been at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA and currently is the Assistant Director of City Impact. His vision is to see a minority-led multiethnic church planted that can strategically reach South Asians and yet also reflect the diversity of the nations. He is married to Marilyn and they are proud parents of three children: Joy (11), John (9) and Joshua (6).

“I got to spend 12 amazing years of my life ministering on a college campus and specifically towards South Asian students. So being invited to the Design Conference is exciting because I know how important and impactful this type of ministry is. I am trusting the Lord is going to do a great work in our midst – for His glory and our greater joy! “



Parents, are you thinking about allowing your child to attend Design Conference? Watch this video. The parents of a former student share about their experience having their children involved in Design.


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What is Design?

Design Movement is a community that seeks to honor Jesus and celebrate desi culture.

Our weekly gatherings on campus may include Faith & Chai, an interfaith dialogue, as well as Jeevan Group, where we discuss the Bible.