Linn Winters
John Snyder

March 25–27, 2014 in Chandler, Arizona
at Cornerstone Chandler

March 25 – 27, 2014
Chandler, Arizona
Cornerstone Church

Ignite is a ministry-transforming event where church staff and leaders gather to increase leadership and best practices while being encouraged to influence the world through church planting. Come be part of a generational movement and consider what is NXT in church growth, church planting, and upcoming leaders. We want every church to bring their best and brightest young adults to Ignite, where they will be challenged to change the world through the church.

*$149 after 3/1
groups 3+
*$149 after 3/1


Dr. Tim Elmore is a leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow’s leaders today. He is a best-selling author, international speaker, and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities. Tim and his team provide public schools, universities, civic organizations, and corporations with resources that foster the growth of young leaders who can transform society. For over 30 years, he has taught leadership through the power of images and stories that enables young adults to influence others in a positive way. Tim lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Pam, and their two children.
Reverend Wilfredo De Jesús is Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago. Under his leadership, NLC has grown from a weekly attendance of 120 to 17,000 globally through church plants and more than 130 ministries. His heart is in reaching the most disenfranchised: the broken-hearted, poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members. He has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine and named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in recognition of his leadership and influence in Evangelical and Latino audiences. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Chicago, Illinois with their three children.
Gene Appel has been the senior pastor of Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, CA since 2008. Since, Eastside has experienced rapid growth, including relocation to a new campus in Anaheim, California. Gene sensed God’s call on his life to ministry at an early age, receiving a B.A. degree in Preaching Ministry and eventually an honorary Doctor of Divinity. Recognized as a gifted leader with a passion for following Christ and a sensitivity for hurting people, Gene has coached church leaders from around the world on how to lead churches through healthy change. He co-authored the book, How to Change Your Church without Killing It, and authored Dream Intruders and Healing Hidden Hurts. He and his wife Barbara reside in Orange County, California with their three children.
Brad Lomenick is lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest movements of young Christian leaders. He is also author of the newly released book, The Catalyst Leader: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, from Thomas Nelson. Through Catalyst, Brad has had the privilege of interviewing and interacting with dozens of the world’s leading thinkers—including Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Rick Warren, Jack Dorsey, Dave Ramsey, Marcus Buckingham, Jim Collins and others. He blogs about leadership, creativity, innovation, teamwork, and personal growth at Brad serves on the advisory boards for Suffered Enough, the A21 Campaign, Red Eye Inc., Values Partnerships, The Bible Series and Praxis. He currently resides just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Jeff Durbin is Pastor/Elder of Apologia Church in Tempe and has worked for many years as a hospital-chaplain. He has participated in outreach to various different religions across the nation and has even defended Christianity in public debate against Atheism. Jeff was featured on a series for the History Channel called, “The Stoned Ages” about the Christian approach to drugs and alcohol. Jeff hosts a weekly radio program heard on KPXQ called "Apologia Radio and is heard internationally via podcast at Jeff has been married to his bride, Candi, for over fifteen years. They have four children.

Special Guests

Michael Jr. is a comedian who can speak to anyone. From churches and clubs to appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central — he's done it all. Listen to his voice and you’ll detect a comfortable, conversational style that hides a sly sense of mischief. Hear his words and you’ll laugh at the universal themes that connect us all. Ignite is honored to have Michael Jr. MCEE the event and excited to see what he has up his sleeve.

Michael Jr. will also be doing a show on campus March 26th from 7–8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the conference at a discounted rate.

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Propaganda is a rapper who specializes in spoken word. With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, Los Angeles-based Propaganda puts together potent relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture. His lyrics include a strong poetic influence, with lyrics ranging from staying accountable to standing up boldly for one’s faith. He boasts full-length albums, two feature films and countless cameo appearances.

Propaganda will be performing 2 spoken-word pieces during the Main Sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Breakout Speakers

Video Contest

We are hosting a church planting video contest for those ages 16–29. Participants will craft a 30-second video on “How One Church Can Change the World” and the top 10 videos will be played during the conference. The winner will be announced in the Main Session (4) on March 27.

Theme: “How One Church Can Change the World”
Length: 30 seconds
Participant age: 16–29

The entry with the highest votes will be chosen as the winning video.
Its creator will recieve $5,000 to gift to the ministry of his/her choice.

Entries will be accepted until March 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM.
Voting will continue through March 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Enter or vote



Cornerstone Chandler
Cornerstone Chandler is located at 1595 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler AZ, 85286. Cornerstone is a large Converge church committed to bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to the greater Phoenix area. Cornerstone has hosted Ignite for the past four years. View campus map


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor is located 3 miles southeast of the Phoenix, Ariz., central business district. Cornerstone Chandler and conference hotels are about a 25-minute drive from the airport.


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