It’s Time To Strengthen

The Ignite Conference is designed to start and strengthen churches, gearing you up to move forward in your city. Teams of Pastors, creatives and ministry staff will gather together with experienced church leaders to learn how to become a church that multiplies and takes new ground in God’s Kingdom.

Ignite Schedule

Voices & Contributors

Breakout Sessions

Main Session Speakers

Executive Director of Lifeway Research, author and Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates,
and has written dozens of articles and books.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week. Stetzer is Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of 70,000 readers.

Stetzer serves as Senior Fellow of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.

As of fall 2015, Stetzer co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets. He also serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a congregation he planted in 2011, and teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship, a multi-cultural gigachurch in Miami, Florida.

He has written the following books:
• Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003),
• Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (w/ Elmer Towns, 2004),
• Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Be a Missionary in Your Community (w/ David Putman, 2006),
• Planting Missional Churches (2006),
• Comeback Churches: How 234 Churches Turned around and Yours Can Too (with Mike Dodson, 2007),
• 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007),
• Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living (with Philip Nation, 2008),
• Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and Churches that Reach Them (with Richie Stanley and Jason Hayes,
• Viral Churches: How Church Planters Can Become Movement Makers (with Warren Bird, 2010),
• Spiritual Warfare & Missions (with Jerry Rankin, 2010),
• Transformational Church (with Thom Rainer, 2010),
• MissonShift: Mission Issues in the Third Millenium (with David J. Hesselgrave, 2010),
• Compelled: Living the Mission of God (with Philip Nation, 2011),
• The Mission of God Study Bible (with Philip Nation, 2012),
• Subversive Kingdom: Becoming Agents of Gospel Transformation (2012), and
• Transformational Groups (with Eric Geiger, 2014).

Founding pastor of one of the largest churches in California, Mosaic, and author of best selling book The Last Arrow.

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

Erwin is a storyteller and observer of life. His writings are an exploration of the human spirit and search for what makes us uniquely human.

His newest book, The Last Arrow, is about leaving nothing left undone that you were meant to do and living with a relentless ambition for life. In addition to writing Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, The Barbarian Way, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity, Erwin authored The Artisan Soul, an exploration of human creativity, which is a Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller.

Erwin, a native of El Salvador, now lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University.

Erwin is an artist, entrepreneur, cultural thought leader and the founder of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles, California and has inspired the church across the world to new expressions of faith and spirituality. MOSAIC is known for its innovation, creativity, diversity, and social entrepreneurism and has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America.

Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, Erwin is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator. His travels have taken him to over 50 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, including professional athletes, Wall Street investors, universities, film studios, and conferences focused on leadership, creativity, culture, and living a wholistic life.

Erwin McManus has created a bold manifesto for a life of vision, dreams, and courage. The Last Arrow is both the unwrapping of biblical insights and the unwrapping of our deepest humanity. It is written for everyone who senses deep within them that there is so much more to their life than they are living and for everyone who is tired of regrets and is ready to give each moment everything they have to give. Visit him online at

Founding pastor of one of America’s most influential churches, Connexus in Canada, and author of best selling book Didn’t See It Coming.

Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including his latest,  Didn’t See It Coming, and speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth.

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast and Carey’s blog at are accessed by millions of leaders each year.

Founding pastor of Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the most influential churches in the United States.
Todd Wagner and a small group of friends established Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas in November 1999. Watermark was born out of a desire to connect people with the richness, adventure, and fullness of life that comes through Christ alone and to reach the unchurched, de-churched, dead- churched, and unmoved. Todd serves as Senior Pastor and Elder at Watermark, which has become one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the United States. Watermark is also home to The Porch, one of the largest ministries to young adults in the country, as well as the Church Leaders Conference, which exists to encourage and challenge other leaders and faith communities with God’s vision for His Church.

Under Todd’s leadership, Watermark has been recognized as one of the top two “Best Places to Work” in Dallas-Fort Worth by The Dallas Morning News for the past five years. Out of conviction, Watermark has operated debt free since its inception.

Todd’s first published book, Come and See: Everything You Ever Wanted in the One Place You Would Never Look, was released in October 2017. He has been a keynote speaker at national and international leadership conferences and a guest contributor to The Dallas Morning News and other media outlets. His weekly video podcast, “Real Truth Real Quick” reaches tens of thousands of people each month.

Todd and his wife, Alex, alongside their six children and grandchild, love to live, laugh, and serve together in Dallas, Texas.



4:00pm – 5:30pm, Registration Open

5:30 – 7:00pm, Dinner (included in conference registration)

7:00pm – 8:30pm, Main Session // Todd Wagner

9:00am – 10:30am, Main Session // Erwin McManus

10:30am – 11:00am, Break

11:00am – 12:30pm, Breakout Workshops

12:30pm – 1:30pm, Lunch (included in conference registration)

1:30pm – 3:00pm, Breakout Workshops

3:00pm – 3:30pm, Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm, Main Session // Carey Nieuwhof

9:00am – 10:15am, Breakout Workshops

10:15am – 10:30am, Break

10:30am – 12:00pm, Main Session // Ed Stetzer