2023 Ignite YLC 7-12 Grade
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 2023
IGNITE Youth Leadership Conference is an annual youth conference put on by Grace Church in Des Moines. At IGNITE, they 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 them unique:
Every year 50% of their speakers and trainers are new to the conference. With changing themes and topics, they attempt to locate Biblical thinkers and speakers who help address that year’s focus and theme.
They are a youth conference that seeks to help youth workers with all the intangible needs and issues of navigating a weekend with students. They help provide free housing and lunch for all registrants. They also provide free food during their late-night option on Friday night for all students and a free appetizer buffet for all the adult youth workers.
They 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.
IGNITE YLC 2023 will be held at Grace Church at 4200 E 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50317. Teenagers will stay overnight in Ankeny Free Church at 118 NW Linden St, Ankeny, IA 50023 and be supervised by both male and female adult leaders to ensure a safe and secure experience. Guys will be staying in the gymnasium and girls will be staying in the youth room. Teenagers are encouraged to bring toiletries, air mattresses, pillows and bedding to have a pleasant stay. There are no showers, but teens will have access to separate bathrooms and a kitchen within the church. At the conference this year, they will feature Christian magician and speaker, John Michael Hinton, Christian music artist and author, Shai Linne, pastor and youtuber, Jon Jorgenson, Lifeway Resources president, Ben and Lynley Mandrell and more! The conference costs $50, if registered by January 29, and $70 thereafter. Fees go towards admission, food, and other event costs. Teens should bring some extra money if they'd like to get something from the snack shop during the event. Below is a rough breakdown of the schedule for the conference. For further information, visit their website at this link. Ignite Youth Leadership Conference
The weekend will be a mix of 4 large general sessions and 3 smaller breakout sessions. In addition, they will have extra late-night options on Friday night. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night and the conference ends around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.
5:00pm Leave from Church
5:30 Doors Open
7:00 Session 1
10:00 Late-night Worship/Fellowship
8:00 Session 2
10:00 Breakout Session 1
11:00 Breakout Session 2
12:00 Box Lunch
1:00 Session 3
3:00 Breakout Session 3
4:00 Session 4
5:00-5:45 Commute back to Church
5:45-6:00pm Arrive at Church