IGNITE Conference was a powerful mountaintop event experienced by over 1300 young people, including young adults, teenagers and children, as well as parents, teachers, youth workers, ministry leaders, priests and religious.
Many young people experienced Jesus reaching personally into their lives and speaking forgiveness and compassion.
One delegate, Christine said: “At the start of Ignite Conference I remember feeling exhausted: physically sick, mentally confused, emotionally torn, spiritually flat.”
“I hope I never forget the night of Adoration, during which I almost tangibly felt Jesus taking weight upon weight of my burdens onto Himself, and bringing me back to His arms of mercy and tenderness.
“The joy and peace that He brought me left me feeling renewed and restored.”
At the end of the conference, the Ignite Youth team launched the journey towards Ignite Conference 2015, which will be held from September 24-27, 2015 with the theme ‘One’.
In the meantime, the Ignite Youth team is preparing for their huge summer events, including the Ignite School of Music held in conjunction with emmanuelworship and NET Ministries to train young people in skills for liturgy and leading worship, and Ignite Summer Camp, their annual camp for high schoolers which draws over 200 teenagers and leaders each year.
Ignite Youth director Pat Keady said the ministry’s vision was “that young people are not just changed for a day but transformed for life”.
“We are committed to developing opportunities and resources to help young people grow and develop their faith after big events,” Mr Keady said.
To meet this need, Ignite Youth have developed Ignite Grow, which encompasses a number of resources to develop young people in their faith, leadership and areas of ministry.
The first series in the program is ‘Follow’, an interactive faith study with creative videos, discussion questions, scripture insights and personal reflections to draw teenagers and young adults into a deeper understanding of their faith and God’s call in their lives.
It is easy to use and specifically created to meet young people where they’re at, walking participants through each of the sessions step by step.
The hope is that between events like Ignite Conference, Ignite Summer Camp and Ignite Live, the faith of young people who have encountered Christ at one of these events can be sustained through discipleship formation – what it means to follow Christ daily.
Young people can do the Follow series online for free.
It is also available as a USB resource for group leaders and teachers who want to run the program with their group. Super Earlybird registrations for Ignite Conference 2015 are online at www.igniteconference.com.au until October 31. The Ignite School of Music is being held from January 8-12 at Australian Catholic University, Banyo.
The exciting event, Ignite Summer Camp, is being held from January 15-18 at QCCC Tamborine.
For more information about these events and the Ignite Grow program, visit www.igniteyouth.com or contact the Ignite Youth office on (07) 3217 5199.
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