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Ignite 2024

The gospel has the power to change everything. People, families, and communities are transformed when the good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed by the Church. IGNITE is Magnify’s one-night conference for ALL VOLUNTEERS from ALL MINISTRIES.

We are asking God to IGNITE us with His Spirit to bring hope and life to the world around us. Each location will host their volunteers for dinner and training from ministry leaders. Let’s start this year with purpose and passion.

Who: All volunteers

  • If you stack, bounce, swaddle, smile, pour, strum, speak, listen, record, illuminate, hum, pray or play…. This event is for you!

When: February 25

  • Dinner and volunteer training from 5:30-8:30
  • After party from 7:40-8:30

Where: All locations (attend Ignite where you attend on Sundays)
Childcare: No childcare
Cost: None, you are our guests
Contact: Kristin Fankhauser, [email protected]

RSVP is now closed for this event. If you still want to join please email Kristin.

Looking for a place to serve? There are still places on our volunteer team! Start the conversation here.


Breakout Electives*

*Please note that these breakouts are subject to change.

  • Relate: Asking good questions (taming the Advice Monster within)
    Gary Heim - Rockford Room 304
    Being self focused comes naturally. Yet when we genuinely show curiosity toward another, we take on the very nature of God. A thoughtful, well timed question can provide energy and closeness in our interactions. This breakout will explain how.
  • Reach: Understanding, Supporting, and Including all Individuals at Magnify Church
    Stacy Crowell - Rockford Woods
    Everyone is created in the image of God, with unique strengths and needs. The local church is designed to welcome and include all image bearers. Church often does not feel welcoming or inclusive to families and individuals with special needs. How can we as a church body better understand, support and include all people, no matter the differences and challenges?
  • Gender and Sexuality: Walking with someone who is wrestling with these dynamics
    Stu Quackenbush - Rockford Pond
    The confusion over gender and sexuality have caused much heart ache but the gospel gives us a clear hope even in this messy space. How can we be ambassadors of God's message of truth and love as we walk along side people who are struggling?
  • Those Who are Hurting: Caring for kids and students who have trauma or abuse
    Bethany Hall - Rockford Landing
    Children and Youth who have experienced abuse or trauma have changes to their brains, bodies and beliefs that often leave them feeling defensive and wary of relationships. We all have the opportunity to make deposits in their hearts and minds and give them glimpses of the heart of God. Come find out ways to see challenging behaviors as clues for engagement rather than barriers.
  • Personal Discipleship:
    Matt Zainea - Rockford Room 300
    Magnify's vision for our volunteers - this breakout will discuss how God wants to use you in this place.
  • Building Trust: How to build, rebuild and maintain trust
    Trevor Hunt - Rockford Loft
    To trust or not to trust? That is the question. Or at least, that is the question we ask ourselves in our growing world of skepticism. In this breakout we will be discussing the foundation of trust. What it looks like to fully trust God, others and ourselves. There are many hurdles that get in our way when we are asked to trust. This breakout attempts to make those hurdles less intimidating and shows us what God honoring trust can look like in our everyday lives.
  • Sabbath: More than a post-church nap: understanding the sabbath
    Ava Arendt - Rockford Library
    The sabbath is more than relevant - it is essential and central to the Christian life. Though often overlooked in our busy day and age, let’s take the time to reflect on God’s gracious gift to us: rest.
  • Serve: Volunteering with Intentionality
    Jim and Chris Courter - Rockford Commons
    In this breakout session, we will discuss how to be more intentional in utilizing our volunteer roles for God’s glory.  Together, we will explore fresh, practical ideas to pass along our faith in each of our specific roles.
  • Relate: Asking good questions (taming the Advice Monster within)
    Dan Lokers & Matt Jones - Northview Room 203 (lower level)
    Being self focused comes naturally. Yet when we genuinely show curiosity toward another, we take on the very nature of God. A thoughtful, well timed question can provide energy and closeness in our interactions. This breakout will explain how.
  • Reach: Understanding, Supporting, and Including all Individuals at Magnify Church
    Laura Gibson - Northview Room 201 (lower level)
    Everyone is created in the image of God, with unique strengths and needs. The local church is designed to welcome and include all image bearers. Church often does not feel welcoming or inclusive to families and individuals with special needs. How can we as a church body better understand, support and include all people, no matter the differences and challenges?
  • Gender and Sexuality: Walking with someone who is wrestling with these dynamics
    Stephen High - Northview Student Center
    The confusion over gender and sexuality have caused much heart ache but the gospel gives us a clear hope even in this messy space. How can we be ambassadors of God's message of truth and love as we walk along side people who are struggling?
  • Those Who are Hurting: Caring for kids and students who have trauma or abuse
    Anthony Muller - Northview M2 Room
    Children and Youth who have experienced abuse or trauma have changes to their brains, bodies and beliefs that often leave them feeling defensive and wary of relationships. We all have the opportunity to make deposits in their hearts and minds and give them glimpses of the heart of God. Come find out ways to see challenging behaviors as clues for engagement rather than barriers.
  • Personal Discipleship:
    Don Pearson - Northview M1 Room
    Becoming a whole-hearted follower of Jesus involves moving beyond our disillusionment and wounds to the place of the heart. Deep-seated self centeredness. We’ll look at some practical questions that help us on the journey to change our mindset and surrender to Him.
  • Relate: Asking good questions (taming the Advice Monster within)
    Steve Welch - Ensley Lower Commons
    Being self focused comes naturally. Yet when we genuinely show curiosity toward another, we take on the very nature of God. A thoughtful, well timed question can provide energy and closeness in our interactions. This breakout will explain how.
  • Reach: Understanding, Supporting, and Including all Individuals at Magnify Church
    Lynn Hammer - Ensley Upper Commons
    Everyone is created in the image of God, with unique strengths and needs. The local church is designed to welcome and include all image bearers. Church often does not feel welcoming or inclusive to families and individuals with special needs. How can we as a church body better understand, support and include all people, no matter the differences and challenges?
  • Gender and Sexuality: Walking with someone who is wrestling with these dynamics
    Traci Slager - Ensley Worship Center
    The confusion over gender and sexuality have caused much heart ache but the gospel gives us a clear hope even in this messy space. How can we be ambassadors of God's message of truth and love as we walk along side people who are struggling?
  • Those Who are Hurting: Caring for kids and students who have trauma or abuse
    Chad Fessenden - Ensley Preschool Room
    Children and Youth who have experienced abuse or trauma have changes to their brains, bodies and beliefs that often leave them feeling defensive and wary of relationships. We all have the opportunity to make deposits in their hearts and minds and give them glimpses of the heart of God. Come find out ways to see challenging behaviors as clues for engagement rather than barriers.
  • Personal Discipleship:
    Brett Bellamy - Ensley Student Center
    Relate is one of our values and this breakout will seek to strengthen it. We will examine 5 shaping goals that will elevate our Relate that you can put into practice today.These practices will help us not remain unknown, unmoved, untouched. Rather, they move us past the superficial.