HOW IS IGNITE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER YOUTH CONFERENCES?
At Ignite, we have likeminded speakers and trainers partnering with likeminded ministries, with the goal to equip and train students, youth workers, and volunteers with Biblical principles. Principles that will help each church or ministry accomplish the goal of reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In addition, here are some things that make us unique:
Every year 50% of our speakers and trainers are new to the conference. With changing themes and topics, we attempt to locate Biblical thinkers and speakers who help address that year’s focus and theme.
We are a youth conference that seeks to help youth workers with all the intangible needs and issues of navigating a weekend with students. We help provide free housing and provide free lunch at each location for all registrants. We also provide free food during our late-night option on Friday night for all students and a free appetizer buffet for all the adult youth workers.
We have three different training times during the weekend that offer 10+ workshops each time that specifically equip student leaders, volunteers and full time youth workers. So if you bring a group of 10 to the conference, your group technically could get 30 different workshops over the weekend.
This is a non-profit ministry and we do not have paid staff. The people who pull all of this together work in local churches and/or nonprofit ministries outside of the conference. This really is a collective effort of individuals who want to advance the Gospel.
HOW LONG HAS IGNITE BEEN AROUND?
This year we celebrate our 17th year of ministry! In 2004, we had our first Ignite Youth Leadership Conference and had 212 people come from the State of Iowa. This last year we had 2000+ people come from a 10-state radius in the Midwest for Des Moines and had 1,000 people in Chicago from a 14-State radius. In 2020 we will continue hosting one conference in two locations: Des Moines & Chicago/Oswego
HOW DID IGNITE START?
Ignite was started by Pastor Jonathan Meyer in 2004 to help offer something for the entire youth ministry, for students, volunteers, and youth workers. He wanted to provide a conference that wasn’t just incredibly affordable (because, let’s be honest, most youth ministries don’t have huge budgets), but also one that had brought great value to all those that attend, by encouraging and equipping everyone to do better ministry.
WHO CAN COME TO IGNITE?
The short answer is this: students, volunteers, and full-time youth workers. Specifically, we encourage senior high students to come, however, there are some junior high students that would find a weekend at Ignite beneficial. In addition, we love it when Senior Pastors come, we are thankful that they would even consider being a part of a youth event.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE LIKE?
Very simply we have designed the weekend to be a mix of 4 large general session gatherings and 3 smaller breakout sessions. In addition, every year we have extra late night options if you feel up to sticking around on Friday Nights. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday Nights and the conference ends around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER COMING?
Every year we offer some core teachings that will benefit your ministry – this year that topic is discipleship.
We train students how to be leaders in their context.
We train and equip youth workers on how to start a leadership team.
We encourage youth workers to take the “long view” of ministry and offer strategic discipleship strategies.
We support youth ministries with coaching after the conference that is “free”, no strings attached. We just want to help youth ministries do better ministry.
We love God and the Bible and each breakout speaker uses the Bible in their breakout.
We love the Local Church and offer teaching and training on how to grow others in your ministry context.
We want to worship God, so we dedicate time at each conference for worship, prayer, repentance and confession.